Gator Hook Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ochopee, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length4.7 miElevation gain0 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsOver grownNo dogs
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A muddy, overgrown and sometimes rocky hike that requires hikers to wade through sections of water in order to complete. Dress accordingly!

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Yaset Gonzalez
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HikingFloodedMuddy

We had attempted to do the full trail back on December 5th 2020. We had heavy rains those days and the trail was flooded. Water was waist deep at some parts. Very few dry areas. We started the trail late and couldn’t finish it before night fall so we only did half. On 2/27/2021 we did the full trail. This time it was muddy and the water above our knees at some parts. Took us about 4 hours to complete. We had some lunch when we reached the end of the trail before heading back to the beginning . No mosquitoes this time. Towards the end you will noticed not many people have passed through there. In the end you will find two broken green benches. Definitely worth the experience. Although is tougher when flooded I like it more that way it feels like a greater challenge.

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Diana Keltz
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HikingFlooded

Accompanied my son's Den Chief Pack. Awesome experience. Only did about 1 mile in and back. Had a few little guys

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DONNELL MCCANT
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Hiking

Very wet, lots of mud, and plenty of ducking and dodging low hanging branches. All in all, I loved this experience because it speaks directly to the adventurer in me. 5 stars.

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Justyn Lanford
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Mountain biking
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Jacob Rozansky
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Water was knee deep at deepest. Most of the time it was ankle deep. So beautiful! You must keep your wits about you to avoid falling in and to spot gators.

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Alex Calzadilla
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HikingBugsFloodedGreat!

10/1/20 trail was flooded got waist high at points. definitely bring a walking stick and bug spray. saw a baby gator. really enjoyed the trail will return.

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Jennie Cuadra
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HikingFloodedGreat!

If you go during the wet season, you will get wet. Thigh high i would say. There’s a lot of slipping and sliding if you don’t have good traction hiking boots on the wet rocks. Hiking thru the Forested area requires some bending and going under branches, jumping over streams, stepping on logs to get you to the other side. Have done this trail once. In the middle of August. Gets HOT. We didn’t see much wildlife. Just some fish and a frog. Heard some wildlife but didn’t see them. Of note we are beginning hikers.

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Elijah Ruby
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Hiking

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 !

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Don Lambert
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HikingOver grown
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Ross Lebo
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HikingScramble

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.

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Waleuska Waleuska Pallais
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HikingBugsOver grown

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.

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Hebe Denis
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

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.

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Maria Paula
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BugsMuddyOver grownRockyScramble

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.

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Anthony Eugenio
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HikingMuddyOver grown
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Kirk Larrabee
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddyOver grownRockyWashed out

This is a trail for those looking to have 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 nice and 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.

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