The Florida Trail Segment 2: Oasis Ranger Station to Alligator Alley

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The Florida Trail Segment 2: Oasis Ranger Station to Alligator Alley is a 28.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ochopee, FL that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, birding, and off road driving and is accessible from December until May.

28.8 miles Point to Point

birding

camping

hiking

off road driving

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

hiking
3 years ago

We did this Trail 2 years ago starting at Alligator Alley and heading south to Oasis. The first 3 days were nothing but mud and water. My shoes came apart about 1 hour in and I took them off and did the first half of the trip barefoot.
The trail was easy enough to follow. The terrain is mostly flat but with lots of water. The deepest we encountered was mid thigh. It was our plan to make it a 4 day trip but it took 4 1/2. We use hammocks and it was the way to go.
We only took enough water to make it to the second afternoon. Just filtered water the rest. If going take something to make the water taste better. After a couple days it gets real old tasting the earthy flavor.
The northern half is mostly water and mud the southern half is pine land and open prairie. If you are looking for solitude this is the place to be. We saw two other hikers and a couple guys out on a swampbuggy and that was it until the final half mile before Oasis.
This was not an easy trip but was very rewarding. I would recommend this hike to anyone looking for some adventure. If the whole length sounds like to much, hike in from Oasis and go to 7 mile camp. Set in an area on the edge of the pines with a nice view of the cypress in front of you.
You could also do the north end from Alligator Alley south to Ivy Camp, but the southern end is a much more pleasant hike.
All in all a good time just think about whether you really need everything you carry. We found quite a bit of stuff left behind both at the campsites and just along the trail. Thing people couldn't leave at home but decided they didn't need three days in .