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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.

Length 5.2 mi Elevation gain 6 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wildlife Blowdown Bugs Muddy No dogs
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Getting There

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.

Florida Office of Visitor Inquiry, Division of Tourism, 126 W. Van Buren Street , Tallahassee, FL, 32399-2000, Phone: 904-487-1462

Directions from Flamingo, FL: Rowdy Bend Trail is located three miles north of Flamingo along Main Park Road. Signage is good.

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Colin Hennessee
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HikingMuddyOver grown

This trail can still be hiked. It is not the most user friendly but there is quite a bit to see on it. It should be getting trimmed back in a week or two.

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Caesar Zych
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Hiking

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...

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Yadira Cano
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trailOver grownRocky

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 .

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jack LaMarre
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Hiking

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 !

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Lijo K
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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.

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Jorge Espinosa
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Hiking

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.

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Lijo K
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Hiking

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.

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

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Dmitry Paykin
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George Gasson
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Walking
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