hiking
9 days ago

Great trail ! Saw a snakeskin from a water moccasin and some cardinals. This trail takes you through several distinct environments found within the Everglades. One of the most beautiful trails in the big cypress !

hiking
over grown
20 days ago

hiking
scramble
30 days ago

I first came across this trail 2-3 years ago while checking out Loop Road. I went back yesterday and although easy to follow, the trail looked like it has not had any maintenance since I was there the first time. Don't let that deter you though, it is not overgrown as far as walking through tall grass,etc., it has many small branches extending onto the trail in places as the biggest annoyance for the most part. This trail runs officially 2.4 miles total but I ventured another 1/2 mile or so and found some interesting things including a Ball mason jar from 1940 which I left there as well as a green painted bench that was past the official end of the trail. One thing really cool about this trail is that the remnants of the mid-1910 tramway is evident throughout the entire trail, even past it's official end. If you are willing to venture off trail a little you can find two gator holes, the first one is marked on the trail by 3 pink pieces of tape tied to some branches on the trail, head north from there a few hundred yards to find a mama gator and her 9 young ones. The second gator hole is to the south at a break in the trail that is used to keep the water flowing south. Hiking this trail on May 1st found zero water on the trail and I only had one pesky horsefly the whole 6 miles I hiked. Be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes, you will be challenged with a half mile of "Limestone Hopscotch" and a good majority of the trail you will be tripping on cypress knees as you push the small branches aside. For a change you can venture just of the trail on the north side while still following the trail, here it is an easier hike with nothing but young cypress trees and beautiful Cardinal Air Plants everywhere you look.

hiking
bugs
over grown
1 month ago

Solo hiker. Very dry this time of year, so no swamp hiking here. But the trail takes you through a few distinct Florida landscapes. It’s quite overgrown but still relatively easy to follow. Any doubts just look for the yellow blazes. Mostly shaded with some spots very sunny. Lots of climbing under and over branches. Hot, humid and quintessentially Florida. Can’t wait to go back in the wet season to enjoy the other face of this trail.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

I'm so glad I finally got around to hiking this trail. This is an absolutely gorgeous wild trail through the Everglades. It is not manicured nor is it well-maintained but it is cut out and marked with yellow blazes (although half the time you gotta look really hard). The limestone rock foundation through some of it is so cool. It looks you're walking on the moon. It is April and it is perfectly dry with few mosquitoes so its a good time to check this out for your first time. Keep in mind during wet season this will be a wading trail. Some parts are in direct sun but mostly canopy shade. Also the terrain is tricky between the cypress knees and the limestone rocks full of holes, so I highly recommend a walking stick. It's a stunning representation of wild south Florida everglades marshlands and strands and I cant wait to go back.

bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

depending on drought conditions you might not have to wade water at all. I went the last weekend of March 2020 and it was really rocky and dry. I recommend hiking books or shoes with good grip and wearing long pants because there are dry plants and twigs that will scratch your legs. dont forget the bug spray and sunscreen.

Dry no water record heat

hiking
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

Cool freakin' paddle! Heard great things about this and was excited to do it. Good variety of environments; cypress forest, mangrove tunnels, sawgrass marshes. Saw a LOT of birds of all kinds in the sawgrass marsh portion, though this is relatively short bit of the paddle. The second half was less exciting in terms of wildlife and variety, but keep your eye out for the shell mound and def stop. It was way more impressive than what I had read let on, and huge! If the tide is in, you may not be able to see as much of it though. We did this from the Turner River Canoe Launch on Tamiami Trail to Chokoloskee Island in the back. About 10-11 miles I think. Took us a little over 4 hours, but we were moving. We rented a canoe from the Ivy House in Everglades City. When making the reservation with them over email, I felt our communication wasn't super clear, but they let me do the exact route I wanted and were great the whole day. We finished early and they came a picked us up promptly. I recommend them. I was worried we would get lost on the river's many branches, but the GPS on my phone worked fine and we had no problems navigating the river. Just make sure you download the area on Google Maps before you leave as most parts of this have no reception. Also get yourself a waterproof phone case to be safe. I was also worried about the bugs. It was a good breezy day in early March so we had no problem with mosquitos, tho there were a handful of flies that tried biting me in the beginning. Also, the last mangrove tunnel was full of spiders. I think the earlier tunnels have more traffic, and hence more people batting down the webs. This was an annoyance but the spiders don't bite. If you don't think you can do the whole trail an out and back paddle with extra time exploring the sawgrass marsh would probably also be super fun as this area was my favorite due to the many varieties of birds. You'll miss out on the shell mound - but also the spiders - and frankly, I wish we spend more time in the saw grass.. Also check the tide before going out. I was weary of this trip before I did it, but I'm so glad I did.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
washed out
2 months ago

This is a trail for those looking to get a down and dirty hiking experience. If you don’t want to get wet, muddy, sweaty, and possibly ruin your shoes and socks, don’t attempt to complete this trail. Come knowing what to expect — this is the polar opposite of the pretty, accessible boardwalk trails in other parts of of Big Cypress and Everglades NP. It’s overgrown, has water sections that can get waist-deep depending on the season and conditions, can be buggy, and is a habitat for snakes. Come prepared, with an old pair of shoes you don’t mind wrecking, long pants and ideally a long sleeve shirt. Find a good, solid walking stick in the woods if you don’t have one handy. The trail isn’t necessarily easy either; there’s a lot of shaky footing that will present numerous opportunities to slip and fall (or even get hurt), and a lot of maneuvering required to get past bent trees. All this can prove to be a little taxing, especially in the heat, so bring a good amount more drinking water than you might for a typical flat 4.7 mile hike. It’s also a good idea to prepare for the possibility of getting banged up a bit deep into the trail with no immediate help available. If this sounds like your cup of tea, this trail will deliver. I was looking for a more rugged, adventurous, sloppy hike when I picked this trail, and it gave me what I wanted.

Not bad... think twice about taking this detour if you are short on time, but the water that runs parallel to Turner River Rd is at least a good place to see gators.

Not a whole lot here in terms of scenery that you can't see elsewhere in a similar capacity but it's not a long detour off 41. Main attractions are boat tours, the Everglades Museum and an NPS visitor center. And it's always fun to visit small towns in remote areas just to see what life is like there.

Started at 75 rest area at 11 am made it to Oakhill camp. You are in water most of the way ankle to knee deep I’m 5.9. Oakhill was nice and dry poison ivy around the edge. 2nd day the first 2 miles more water then got mostly soggy/muddy. Stayed at 7 mile camp 2nd night loved having a picnic table and a full moon. The bugs were not as bad as I was expecting. Made the Ossis at 10:30. Great hike for me. I’m 61 in halfway good shape. I had a 18 year old first timer hiking he is wanting to go on more trails now. This is not the trail for first timers but he played high school soccer so I new he had the legs for it

hiking
blowdown
bugs
flooded
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

Hiked from Southern Terminus visitor center to I-75. Night one was at 10 mile camp with a relatively dry day aside from one puddle. Day two we hit the mud and some water after Pine Island. Night two was Oak Hill camp. Day three out to 75 was pretty much all mud and water up until about a mile out. Trail was great for hammock camping which three of us did. Ass kicking trail that's beautifully cruel!

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