Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Big Cypress National Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

You can run or hike on this trail for the first 4.75 Miles, I was expecting tu run the full 14.9 but vegetation took over and looks like no one has been there in a long time. 0 traffic and found snakes along the way.

After this first tree canopy it gets boringly

we completed the trail today. 3.29.18 and hiked a total of 16.02 miles. Took us about 7hrs including the the breaks we took. We had also really good weather. the day was hot but there was a breeze. very little shading. bring sunblock and about 3L of water per person. there isn't any water source available. all the ponds and bodied of water have alligators. BIG ONES. there are two camping zones with picnic tables so you can enjoy lunch. overall great trail.

We had a perfect day of late dry season weather for roadside nature viewing through beautiful and variable habitats. These Seminole lands are a side of south Florida often overlooked and forgotten. The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum and broad walk are a must for those who want to learn more about Native American history.

5 months ago

Completed the loop on my dads b day (15.83 miles). He passed away several years ago and I wanted to commemorate his life. Took me about 6 hours with several stops to snack and rest my feet. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, and “plenty” of water. Not much shade to be had. But over the day was successful. Good luck!

Did this a few weeks ago and it was dry so nice not to walk through the mud. We stayed overnight in Panther camp and it was great as there was a picnic table and fire ring available.

7 months ago

This is a great trail. We hit only a few patches of mud and one small bit of about an in deep standing water that we had to cross; otherwise the trail was dry and maintained, with clearly marked blaze and signs. We saw about 4 black racer snakes, at least 10 alligators sunning themselves once the clouds cleared, plenty of birds, wild flowers, and butterflies, and only about 4 other people. A few downed trees are still crossing the trail, but it would be easy to carry a mountain bike over them. I would happily hike, camp, trail run, or mountain bike here so long as it hadn't recently rained. But it got hot when the sun came out and there was nowhere to refill water, so bring plenty with you. Also, there is plenty of parking in the Collier County Rest Stop -- the entrance to the trail is just off the parking lot on the North side of I-75.

mosquitos every where. not recommend especially if your bringing kids.!

scenic driving
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Did I ever mention that I am not into reptiles. But I must admit that the Seminole Tribe was interesting.

scenic driving
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

You really get the feeling of the everglades on this road without having to get out in it.

Pain, pain and mud. And heat, draining heat. Leave it for the snakes and gators.

paddle sports
Saturday, May 30, 2015

This is a canoe track in the Big Cypress Swamp. Gets you up close to the plant and animal life in the swamp. Bring lots of bug protective stuff, you will be bitten. It starts in a deep man-made channel (where most the alligators are), then to more shallow off-shoots where the mangrove turns to grass fields, then finally a very shallow area less than 1 foot deep until it dead ends (no outlet). There is some mangrove tunnel like effects. Go slow and enjoy. If you really want to see a lot of alligators, go at night and bring your flash light. Stay 15 feet away from alligators.
My 2nd track uses the same deep channel, but goes to a lake, then some mangrove smaller channels. You could combine the two of course.

Nice ride.

Nice drive. Very unique area.

We have done this drive several times. We used to spend a week near Marco Island and would go to the Everglades or across. The preserve is scenic old Florida wetland. See how many gators you can count.

I came down here a few years ago. Never saw the bobcats, but deer, alligators, birds and other animals were abundant.

scenic driving
Friday, June 14, 2013

I came down here a few years ago. Never saw the bobcats, but deer, alligators, birds and other animals were abundant.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

My article on this trail is found on my blog at: http://travelwithnature.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/bear-island-campground-and-the-fire-prairie-trail/

I have gone here for canoe and kayak fishing in Country Road 841. You can cacth here snook and other species that live in salty/sweet intracoastal waters. There are alligators around so becarefull.

off road driving
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

gravel road that passes through beautiful water passes in the everglades where you can take pictures and see more of the beauty of the park with out getting dirty and from the security of your car. This road can be done also by bicycle if you are into the sport.

I like very much this road and i have seen deers, bobcats, alligators and many other species of the everglades.

I'm afan of drives that take you off the Interstate, and let you see REAL America. Though this drive has a touristy aspect, You get to see a part of the coast overlooked by a lot of tourists, and you get some exposure to the way Everglades life developed and evolved. An airboat ride and stone crab are essential parts of this trip.

scenic driving
Sunday, October 17, 2010

This is the best way to see the everglades short of a ride on an air-boat. The swamp comes right up to the road in most areas, and the Seminole Tribe has a great glimpse into Native American culture in Florida including alligator wrestling, crafts, food, etc.

6 months ago

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