Black Island Trail

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Black Island Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bonita Springs, Florida that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles
16 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

road biking

trail running


bird watching








This is a 2.6 mile trail in Lover's Key State Park. There is an entrance fee of $8 per vehicle or $2 per pedestrian. The trail follows the canals and has three shortcuts along it. Shortcut 1 will cut the trail to 1.2 miles, shortcut 2 to 1.8 miles, and shortcut three to 2.2 miles. Swimming is not allowed in the canals.

1 month ago

Nice trail. Entered on North end of the park and took service road to make it closer to a 4 mile hike. Nice water views. Saw a beautiful gopher tortoise along the way. Worth a try.

2 months ago

This is a cool little “Florida hike” meaning that it’s mostly flat, and has tons of views of water. Tons of Florida plant life and animals along the trail. Plan for the longest route because some of the “short cuts” weren’t maintained at all, and one part of the trail was flooded so my group and I had to walk along the side in some tree/brush area.

4 months ago

Great path. Super quiet. Lovers Key is beautiful.

5 months ago

Beautiful area but we tried to take our dogs and there are numerous alligators close to the trail. Not worth walking the whole thing, after the second sighting we turned back.

5 months ago

My boyfriend and I were in Fort Myers and didn’t have much to do for the day. Prior to hitting the beach we decided to get on this app and look a for nearby trail. Found this one. It was great and exactly what we were looking for. Short. Easy. And great for us 2 to just walk and talk. Walked the entire trail, no shortcuts. Took us about 2 hours. Great photo opportunities as well. Not a lot, but the few we took are nice.

7 months ago

Very poorly marked along the trails myself and three other couples none of us which came together Got extremely lost signs are too far in between very hard to find parking lot once you’re on trail got lost and run out of water with my dogs I was very upset also woman at the front entrance was rude and acted very Unwelcome and when I brought my dogs even told me to turn around and take them to the dog beach down the road

9 months ago

We saw lots of wildlife including gopher tortoise, alligator and many birds, take lots of water, it was hot!

trail running
11 months ago

The trails here are easy, soft, and sandy. Some parts are very pretty by the water. I ran in the afternoon and it was hot, I’d go in the morning next time.

Friday, November 24, 2017

A nice Florida trail, easy but we saw a few manatees. It was quiet and serene. Exactly as expected in Florida.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Nice walk with plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Nice place for a walk, some bird watching and lots of geckos. $8 entrance for a car.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

it was nice...near the beach. didn't see any thing... maybe a bird. if already at lovers key's a nice little walk with shade. i probably won't go back. did it done it... pretty but was a little bored.
very easy to walk. a few different access points.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

pretty but hot this time of year...

Sunday, April 03, 2016

We loved the trail! We were able to take our dog on the leash, and go for a nice breezy walk. It was a different scenery than what other SWFL trails have to offer. Parking was $8 for my husband and I to enter the park, but I'd say money well spent. We will definitely be back! Next time we will pack a picnic lunch!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Great. Nice views of the water and paddlers. Saw some wildlife and alligators also.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Black Island Trail and Eagle Trail are located within Lovers Key State Park. The trailhead is located approximately .25 mile east of Lovers Key Beach --- consistently rated as one of the best beaches in the United States. The full loop of the Black Island trail system is 4.5 miles, but 3 separate shortcuts are available that will cut some distance off this total. Eagle Trail connects to Black Island on the north end and adds an additional 1.5 miles of trail for those wanting extra distance.

Be sure to keep a watchful eye out for the occasional alligator along the trail system. More common early in the morning as they have a tendency to come out of the brush to sun themselves in the open areas. Also, tons of bluejays and cardinals can be found on the southern end of Black Island trail.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Very hot! If hiking in the summer, go early or start in the evening. We were able to see a tortoise, a couple black racers, and a shark. Definitely a good hike.

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