Rowdy Bend Trail

EASY 10 reviews
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Rowdy Bend Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Islamorada, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 6 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

no dogs

Note that this trail is not maintained. The trail remains open but there are many downed trees, overgrowth, and branches making the hike more difficult.

hiking
bugs
closed
flooded
muddy
16 days ago

As of 28-NOV-2019, this trail is still flooded and generally impassible (unless you bring waders maybe).

hiking
10 months ago

Not easy...and not the worest..plenty of mosquitoes. Did this about 10am 2/4...temp was about 75ish.....some mud in places about ankle deep..a few places had trees down so I had to crawl over or under...pushed through to Snake Bite trail which was well maintained and dry.... I cursed on some parts of the trail...got the Everglades experience...

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
10 months ago

So , first off if your reading this and considering this trail ... don’t . This trail is extremely difficult to complete . First 1/4 mile is infested with mosquitoes, once you pass that you wade through swamp and muck that has snakes ( we saw a few ) and spiders, then you come up upon a huge fallen tree, well multiple that you have to climb over ( one we had to climb up 10 ft into the canopy vs wading in the snake infested swamp below . After that the trail disappears , at that point you don’t want to turn back because your past halfway so you trudge on taking the paths of least resistance . We only had an idea that we were on the right path because we saw an occasional boot print , there are no trail markers anywhere so it is very very easy to get lost and end up off trail . On top of that there are tons of throned vines so my legs look like a cat scratch post . Overall do not recomendable trail is dangerous , they should honestly take the sign for it down , only a matter of time before people end up very hurt .

hiking
Thu Dec 13 2018

I don't recommend this trail at this time (Dec 12, 2018). We tried it yesterday and gave up and turned back at about the two mile mark. The trail is badly overgrown and has many blow downs, ( about every hundred feet) from hurricane Irma that you have to go around, crawl under or climb over. There are some places when you go around, it would be easy to get lost since the trail is so over grown. The trail ground cover is some sort of vine type vegetation that has twine like roots right at shoe height that constantly tangle your feet and create a tripping hazard.. Along with all this there are many wet and slipper spots If you want a real challenge, go for it !

Fri May 18 2018

Rating must be changed to difficult. Lots and lots of downed trees, swampy at many places. If it's not cleared up quickly this trail is going to disappear soon. Mar 2018 review.

hiking
Thu Apr 05 2018

In April 2018 still very difficult to do a lots of trees across the main trail. I goo in a dry time (1-2 weeks no rain) and the swamp was almost dry. See some birds and a lot of fresh turkey foot print. Was very enjoyable walking beside the downs tree. Doing this trail + Snake bight trail and returning on the road to the starting point will be almost s 8 miles of fun ( at least the 5 first miles the las 3 is just road walk) Must watch for the tides I go in a low tide (my mistake) and was very disappointed I will go again in high tide to see the inlet for good.

hiking
Sun Mar 11 2018

As of March 2018, this trail is very difficult to traverse. Five miles of climbing under, over and through fallen trees is no silly hike. There are a million trees fallen across the trail and going around them is not always possible. Attempt only if you have swamp boots or high waterproof boots, at the first bend you'll need to cross some pretty swampy area.

hiking
Tue Mar 07 2017

Mosquitos are bad, but the coastal prairie is beautiful and it's a chance to get away from the crowds.

hiking
Sat Jan 03 2015

walking
Sat Aug 10 2013