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Hiked with 5 other hikers on this trail today, and all agreed that it was a great trail, although very challenging at times with fallen trees and very muddy bog areas, mossy Stone stairs, and Ungroomed trails in some areas. But overall, we enjoyed the challenges! There were some wildflowers along the trail, but will definitely be back for Azalea Festival early next Spring, to see all the blooming azaleas on the Azalea Trail! 

This was a great hike. there was some muddy areas however lovely canopy and we'll marked trails. Pet friendly will be back again. We loved the boat ride over to the island.

Loved this place... need to remember to pick up a map next time but other than that it was very enjoyable!

Beautiful scenery, different birds, good for photography

hiking
1 month ago

It was a nice, easy trail with a small bit of incline which is rare here in South Florida. It was a bit wet in places which is normal here for this time of year. We took our dog on a leash. On the back side of the hill you will hear the lions and tigers. I didn't realize they kept them there so I was quite startled at first ha! It was nice views of the hillside and well-maintained. There are bathrooms outside in a building to the left of the parking lot.

Very easy trail. You have great views of the Myakka River. We took our dog and she loved it. Most of the trail had a nice canopy. There was a good bit of standing water and a lot of mosquitos. We very much enjoyed that it was quiet with no one else present. The trail is well maintained and marked. Perfect trail for all ages as there are benches throughout. We did not see any alligators or any other animals for that matter.

I started at cypress point park in Tampa and walked 10 miles and turned around and walked back the 10 miles. It can be a struggle on a hot day, so water packs is a must. There’s only one restroom/water fountain break close to Hogan’s beach...unless you don’t mind stopping at the hotels on the trail to use their facilities. I have walked this 3 times already, the best was when it’s cloudy/overcast out...even saw a dolphin on the shoreline.

1 month ago

So I drove out to ride this trail and it seems to missing. Where the trailhead should be is a large construction project. If it’s still there, you can’t get to it. Maybe it’s at the north east end.

Great day hike trail! Good mix of shell paths and boardwalks to keep you interested. Several loops you can take which is great if you have to cut your walk short for any reason. My only criticism would be to have better markings on the shorter loops on how to access the perimeter waterside trail. Also it isn't marked clearly on the map, but the middle boardwalk DOES connect with the back perimeter trail!

Easily took my 4-year-old out to walk 3 of the trails. We’ll be back.

Beautiful trail.

shaded boardwalk only open thursday-sunday..not crowded at all.

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful sunsets over the lake. Stop and have dinner on the water @ Crabby Bills.

hiking
1 month ago

Exekent For Hiking And Bike

it's not a hike but a great paved walk. music, fountains, and very clean. bring bread and feed turtles,fish,ducks and just enjoy the great outdoors. I'll make it a date night since it's well lit

Very nice trail. Easy to follow. Bring water.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail

Hiked all 3 loops in middle Sept. It took 3 hours you have to watch your step. Lots of sticks and leaves on trail. keep on eye on the orange blazes. I ran into a deer and 2 raccoons on trail. No snakes this time. There is a little elevation on the hike but not much
. A little mud and slippery bridges. I would recommend for a private training hike.

road biking
1 month ago

Best on a crisp cool sunny winter day!

road biking
1 month ago

WHERE TO PARK!
I just moved to the area and spent 30 min just trying to find a place to park and begin the ride. GPS apps take you to different points on the trail. Search Minneola Trail Head for parking!

walking
1 month ago

This is one of the most gorgeous places we've ever been to... an absolutely pristine key surrounded by vibrant aqua water, featuring the largest work of masonry in the western hemisphere, which is loaded with historical importance. This place is truly a unique gem of the NPS.

My wife and I visited in February 2018. The weather was perfect, and we were glad to see that the westernmost reaches of the Florida Keys experienced minimal damage from the 2017 hurricane, including Key West and Dry Tortugas.

I snorkeled some while we were there, but quickly realized that there was actually more marine life to see just walking the moat.

My recommendation would be this: if you go, camp. Definitely camp. Very few people do, so it's possible that you'd have the park to yourself once the ferry leaves around 4:00. Though the abandoned civil war prison cells might be a bit eerie at night, I would imagine that the stars and ocean soundtrack would make it worthwhile.

I can't recommend this park enough.

This is a great trail. Just be sure to bring bug spray lest you be eaten alive by mosquitos!

Great location for walking running basketball and picnicking.

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice trail

great for experiencing the many hidden gems of Florida. The cavern and the information, the history behind the caver was extremely enjoyable and amazing. The hiking offers a great deal of relaxation while enjoying the scenery. We where able to spot two deers along the way. Definitely a great way to spent a Saturday morning family outing.

My husband and I started the trail at 8:45 this morning and finished about 2:00. We love this trail and all you can see. You definitely have to keep your eyes peeled for those nasty little ( not sure if they are pygmy rattle snakes or baby moccasins). Since they are not aggressive at all I tend to believe pygmys. They are beautiful either way. We did see a couple of bear tracks and a gazillion deer and raccoon tracks. So much to see! Extremely muddy today yet the swamp was very low. No gators today which was a bummer. We saw a feisty water moccasin under one of the longer bridges. He was very active and scary.
This is one of our favorite trails but be careful.

Not a trail. It’s the beach. I mean I love the beach. But this isn’t a trail lol.

Was more a slog through an aquifer than a hike on a trail but it was amazing. Ankle to knee deep crystal clear water basically the entire way through so wear either crappy sneaks or aqua shoes or vibrams. Ether way, plan on drying them out when you’re back at the car. Surprisingly zero skeeters. Water makes for a challenging slosh but also helps with the heat. Keep an eye out for the yellow trail markers on the trees to keep you from getting lost.

hiking
2 months ago

I have done this hike many, many times! Always enjoyable! If you are driving, best to park under the San Carlos bridge. Parking is free there and it is shady... and, it avoids the traffic lineup getting on/off Fort Myers Beach. As well, there is a sidewalk on the left hand side of the bridge going toward Fort Myers Beach. It is a good elevation.. awesome views.. and adds more challenge to your hike. Walk over the bridge and over to the pier... and go out to the end of the pier. Often, you can see dolphins swimming around.. sometimes small sharks, sometimes sting rays, pelicans, and various waterbirds. When you walk down the beach and get to the end at Bowditch Park, go through the trails around the park. Be careful of the gopher tortoises. They are a protected species and wander around there freely. I am not sure, but I don't think dogs are permitted in the park because of the gopher tortoises. On the way back, walk down Estero Blvd. Cute beach houses and nice hotels. It makes the hike more interesting. If you walk the bridge, pier, beach and Estero Blvd.. and then back over the bridge, I think it adds another 1-1.5 miles onto your hike. Also, wear a hat as there is very little shade on this hike!!

I’m a bit of novice, but couldn’t find a single blaze. Motorcycles everywhere. I was following the “trail” map on the app but still just ended up walking in the general direction. Good elevation changes and terrain for training but not a trail I’ll do again

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