East Loop Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

East Loop Trail is a 17.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hobe Sound, Florida and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
17.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
272 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

mountain biking

Directions from Stuart, FL: Travel 12 miles south along U.S. Highway 1. The trail begins near the park entrance parking lot.

hiking
2 months ago

Talk to the ranger station first if you want to bring your dogs. You can bring your dogs on a leash on the trail but you cannot camp at the primitive sites with your dogs. But if you rent a camping site in the park they can put you in a pet friendly spot.

hiking
9 months ago

The biking trails are much more interesting than the walking trails to me. You do have to pay attention and move out of the way the bikers. But they are very nice.

hiking
Thursday, April 12, 2012

I've hiked this trail in whole or in part several times in the last ten years. The dune portion that runs from the park gate north to the RR crossing is the best part. It's the only reason this hike gets 3 stars. This section rollercoasters over the bushy dunes until it comes to a pine covered area just before th RR tracks. I the enjoy the hike to this area for lunch and some peace.
Geocachers are messing up the area with their absentminded and wandering destruction of the flora. While on the northernmost portion, I had a geocacher ask me which way was north. Near Scrub Jay CG, I saw another geocacher plowing through the Palmetto like a giant armadillo. I guess the park makes money from this activity.
Most of the last half, if travelling CC, is on sandy old roads - very sandy old roads. It's an excellent hike if you want to train for another hike or a run. If you decide to hike this trail, remember your sunscreen and come Dec-Mar, because easily 90% of it is exposed. The trail is good for wildlife sightings.