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

Trail has lots of shade, which is a mixed blessing. The mosquitoes are downright aggressive in the shade. The trail is pretty clear, not a lot of roots or pooled water. There are also a few benches along the way for taking a break. Trail is clearly marked.

It's actually just TRAIL BIKING but as that's not an option I selected road biking though that isn't a true representation. The is just challenging enough to get the legs working and the blood flowing. Lots of birds and some turtles and gators for viewing and photos. Come here often to ride and hubby likes to run here. Cons: too much clear cutting removing shade pines and why is the Apoxee trail still closed after close to a year????

lots of shade on the first part with boardwalk sections and water.. at the end the trail becomes wilder with flooding..alsp do the loop around the lake!

Great 4 mile hike and pretty easy. In and out of shaded parts the whole trail which was nice with the sun and heat. Will do again

2 months ago

Biked part of the Apoxee trail although it's supposed to be closed due to flooding. Didn't encounter any flooding. Eventually connected to the Owahee trail and the ride was quiet. The prospect of rain (which we did get some of) kept people off the trails but wildlife out. We were unable to get back on the Apoxee trail so we did the entire outer trail resulting in a longer ride, all in all a great day.

This is hands down the best most lush trail in the palm beach county area. Lots of dense greenery, diverse plants, and plenty of wildlife. I’ve seen lots of alligators, birds, and even wild boars out here. My suggestion is to take the long path to the left once you get inside, then when you get to the river take it all the way down to the bend and down from there where it reconnects along a long boardwalk and eventually back to the trailhead. Lots of beautiful views along the way, and the river view from just before the boardwalk is especially beautiful at dusk. The only downside to this spot is that when it’s been raining it can be flooded out for weeks to a month or two at a time. If you’re looking for a spot to get lost in nature and feel apart from the day to day, this is it.

It's is close but you can enjoy walking all around the park. 16 miles.

Great trail for a local afternoon get out! This time of year, 87 as a high with a slight breeze. Nice.

We walked 16.5 miles saw many alligators, turtles, birds, snakes, frogs, squirrels, it was very nice and relax I recommend it

washed out
5 months ago

It had been raining a couple of days ago but it was totally washed out. Tried to go and alternate route and I found an alligator guarding the crossroads see picture. Took it as a bad sign to enter the wet area even though I had the boots for it. Might be a four or five on another day but washout ruined my day.

Nice getaway hike through the hammocks and marshes or the preserve.

We started at Grassy Waters but didn’t realize it’s boardwalk only. Grabbed a brochure at the nature center and set off! Hog Hammock is actually across the street. We lucked out with a cold front, no bugs at all. Easy biking for kids with minimal roots. Love this trail! Lots of benches along the way, and signs with educational info. It’s total just under 5 mi, 2.8 + 1.1 optional trail at the end. Will be back for a trail run and picnic after!

Beautiful hike, lots of birds, several gators. Airplane noise ignorable. Will definitely come back here again tomorrow

adding 2/16/19 - trail is closed due to flooding:( Tried to go rouge & skip the sign, but had to turn around cus the trail is under water. We have been waiting until the reviews started saying “not flooded”, it happened so we went today! I see how it can flood during rainy season, but that makes it so much cooler this time of year. There are board walks & bridges everywhere! Really in love with these trails!

Awesome trail to get started in hiking

Hiked it with two friends this morning. I've been wanting to hike this Trail for a long time and it was absolutely beautiful! The only Wildlife that we saw were many many birds and a snake in the water. so much diversity in the landscape. we hiked it counterclockwise like a previous reviewer suggested. there was no real flooding but definitely some water spots on the trail but they were easy enough to walk around. Just don't wear your best shoes.

Hiked 5 + miles here today. It was absolutely beautiful. We were there at about 8:30 am and saw a small water snake and tons of birds. The Apoxee trail had a sign at either end saying something like it was closed due to weather damage. We walked on it anyways and can't figure out why it was closed. There was no real flooding, just some large puddles in some areas. A beautiful hike. We picked up a bit of garbage along the way as I always have a bag with me.

Favorite place to hike. 10/15/2018 not flooded but some construction on Owahee portion. So much wildlife to see! Boars, snakes, turtles, gators, frogs, toads, birds, etc.

It was a good trail!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

It says no pets right on the front even tho it says dogs on leash on here. Why the heck.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

I can't give this more than one star, because we only got about 50 feet in before we were met with a flooded trail. Planning on going back in the dryer months and updating this rating.

It was a nice trail, but flooded for most of the hike. Planning on visiting again in the dryer months and actually completing it! We went hiking, but we saw a few bikers, who were respectful of us, which helped make for a great experience. I wish I could give this a higher rating, but we only made it about halfway through.

mountain biking
Thursday, July 19, 2018

love the trail. Great for hiking or biking. Lots of wildlife


Saturday, July 07, 2018

Another reviewer on here stated that it's a 2 mile loop, but I want to clairfy the loop is 2.8 miles, but the dead end stretch at the end is 1.1 miles out and then back again, making the trail over 5 miles. Had a great time nonetheless.

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