Explore the most popular forest trails near Ochopee with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 months ago

Gator Hook trail is a great find in the Big Cypress National Preserve off of Loop rd We started at 9:30 am. There were no visible blazes for the first 1/4 mile so we were hesitant about the visible water very so soon into the hike. We tired a couple of side trails but soon realized you had to get wet no mater what. There were lots of large Lubber grasshoppers around and a hive of bees feeding on a palm bloom. The exposed limestone karst makes for a interesting walking surface creating small pools containing crayfish, crabs and frogs (tadpoles). and the Cypress Knees make for a lot of tripping hazards. Half a mile in and the trail becomes tight, and a yellow blaze finally shows up. There are several ankle and knee deep channels to cross with crystal clear water. At a mile in it becomes less maintained and now becomes a stooping under, and crawling over adventure. Here the Blazes are easy to see and abundant, The last half mile of the trail is not maintained at all, we lost the blaze.and had to turn back. Im sure we would have re found the trail. On the return we stopped for a snack and soon heard thunder. the rain was chasing us out. Lots of fun, come prepared!

hiking
2 months ago

I walked this trail last Fall right before hurricane Irma hit. It was gorgeous ... loads of birds, butterflies, and dragonflies. Lots of mosquitoes too, so go heavy on the insect repellent. It is a nice path that follows the coast, and the path is clear and easy to follow.

3 months ago

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
3 months ago

Hiked to the beach March 27 18. It was a windy day so only mosquito issues were in the wooded parts. Fresh panther scat on the trail and had a run in with one rattle snake and another snake so keep your eyes open! last section to get to the beach was about 6 - 8 inch deep marshy water so wear your boots. Sticks shoved in the mud mark the way! Good fun trail made it out and back in about 5 hours and the beach is neat, loaded with shells!

hiking
4 months ago

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
5 months ago

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
5 months ago

This is a great hike. My 11 year old son and I did it...out one day, return back the next.

Note that the wooden NPS "Clubhouse Beach" sign marker, which used to be on the prairie behind the beach, was swept away (I presume) by Hurricane Irma. You can see a great deal of storm debris lodged up against the scrub treeline on the north side of the prairie.

hiking
5 months ago

I bought a bottle of Ben’s 99% and put it on before this hike. It was in March, so still the dry season, but I had a cloud of mosquitoes hovering about 6-8 inches from my face for much of the way. If you’re at Flamingo and need a long hike, this is it. But it’s not terribly inspiring. One amazing surprise: we saw a Florida panther cross the trail.

There are very few bugs today as it is in the 60s. The trail is a bit muddy but fun seeing all the animal tracks. We did some trail maintenance since hurricane Irma felled some trees. We stopped about halfway out to Clubhouse Beach because we didn’t feel like clearing more branches but will come back soon to backpack out and camp overnight. As for wildlife, we saw swarms of a dark blue bird with white breast (gonna say tree swallows), a tricolor heron in the distance chasing fish, dozens of great egrets squawking in a distant pond, buzzards overhead and we heard an osprey. Crabs, spiders and dragonflies too! It’s a great way to start the New Year!

p..s.This trail is near Flamingo, NOT Ochopee!

camping
Friday, July 14, 2017

I hiked this trail to the very end, and LOVED it. We camped overnight as well. Easily one of the most unique trails on the continent.

Photos here: http://www.welovetoexplore.com/hiking-camping-on-the-coastal-prairie-trail-in-everglades-national-park/

hiking
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

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

backpacking
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Deep water and mud most of the trail, lots of mosquitos, you'll want a head net and sleeves. Bring plenty of water, the prairie is exposed to the hot sun.

backpacking
Monday, January 30, 2017

Trail was easy and flat except the swarms of mosquitos, the rain, thick mud, wind, and the 150 meters of waist deep water and mud awaiting is just before Clubhouse Beach. We stayed the night and woke to a very cold, wind sweeping rainstorm. Challenging trail and we have no regrets. Beach was beautiful and so was the flora. This was a one time affair. No desire to do it again.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Tremendous views, great diversity and wonderful wildlife. Come in the winter...and still bring the bug spray.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Fun to see alligators in their natural habitat.

walking
Sunday, March 06, 2016

Small trail around Eco Pond. If you like bird watching this is a great little trail to take at the southern tip of Florida.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Take this trail if you want to see lots of birds.

hiking
Monday, November 30, 2015

Nice short trail around a pond at the very southern end of the Everglades. This is a good spot to see wildlife. Just be prepared for the mosquitoes for most months out of the year.

paddle sports
Monday, July 13, 2015

Go in the cooler months and make sure you are prepared for the bugs mosquitos they are every where. Everglades is a different place and it is very beautiful. I think the best way to enjoy this park is to get out on the water.

Nice ride.

hiking
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

An easy walk until you are almost at the ocean. There are some mud that you have to pass before getting to the beautiful beach. The tree and plants along the way are very nice. I would recommend .

Nice drive. Very unique area.

We have done this drive several times. We used to spend a week near Marco Island and would go to the Everglades or across. The preserve is scenic old Florida wetland. See how many gators you can count.

hiking
Sunday, November 24, 2013

Avoid the heat and annoying bugs /hike here during the cooler months (late Oct- Feb). If u prefer the heat then its a great place for u take lots of water and bug spray.

hiking
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lots of interesting trees and plants along the way. This trail is very flat and easy, but it can be muggy and buggy. We saw some pretty gnarly spiders and encountered a few swarms of flies and gnats. You can look out across the water at the southern tip of Florida and see a few Keys.

I came down here a few years ago. Never saw the bobcats, but deer, alligators, birds and other animals were abundant.

I have gone here for canoe and kayak fishing in Country Road 841. You can cacth here snook and other species that live in salty/sweet intracoastal waters. There are alligators around so becarefull.

hiking
Thursday, October 13, 2011

This is not an all-season trail as during the summer salt-marsh mosquitoes will descend on you in clouds.

hiking
3 months ago

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