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Orlando Wetlands Berm Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An open, packed trail through the Orlando Wetlands with limited tree cover.


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3.4

Miles

5.4

KM

Loop

45' 14 m

High

16' 5 m

Low

54' 17 m

Up

52' 16 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

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Features Birding · Lake · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Demucking for Cell 14 continues. Alligator Alley and Otter Blvd. are temporarily closed to all traffic including foot, bicycle, horse and tour carts. Watch out for large trucks crossing Wheeler Road; heed the warning signs and approach the crossing with caution. Also expect to encounter trucks, heavy equipment, and pumps along the berm roads around Cell 14 and on some western and southern portions of the park.

Overview

This hike offers a spectacular view of the Orlando Wetlands, and you'll get a chance to view many species of Florida wildlife up close. We have witnessed many gators, deer, and a large assortment of birds as well as a vast selection of native Florida plant-life. Be warned that on the main loop featured here, there is very little tree cover so you'll want to be prepared with a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen and preferably hike at dawn or dusk, especially if hiking in the hottest months of the year.

Need to Know

This trail is used as an equestrian trail as well, so keep an eye out for riders and horse droppings. Wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water. This hike is best done in the early morning or evening to avoid the direct sun.

Description

You'll want to park in the main parking lot near the restrooms. Here you can fill up water bottles and find maps as well as other literature on the area. This is a beautiful natural area of Orlando. Come early to avoid the heat as there is little tree cover. There are trails that venture into the forest, but we did not include those sections on this hike.

Wildlife is abundant. You are guaranteed to see a few gators. There are a wide verity of birds. This is a spectacular sunset hike as well. Many birds roost here for the evening, and you can observe thousands coming in to rest for the night. This hike is on a hard packed dirt road that is frequented by equestrians. This loop starts from the education center and heads east on Osprey Boulevard before looping around to Limpkin Lane. Turn south on Wetlands Boulevard to head back to the education center and parking lot.

I did not experience any tripping hazards myself, but as it is a dirt road along the water's edge and surrounded by water on both sides at times, I recommend keeping your eyes open for any potholes or drop offs near the edge.

Flora & Fauna

The open waters of the lake and marshes attract wintering waterfowl including blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, common moorhens and American coots. Wood storks, white ibis, black-crowned night herons, and other wading birds are common during the cooler months. Bald eagles, limpkins, and red-shouldered hawks, black vultures, and turkey vultures can be spotted year round. Raccoons, river otters, white-tailed deer and bobcats can be seen along the roads and trails as well as gators, which can be seen along the trail and within the water. The Orlando Wetlands is home to over 30 species of wildlife that are listed on the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Threatened and Endangered Wildlife list.

History & Background

For more information on the history of the area, click here.

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Shared By:

Chelsey Warren

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The view is wet but the road is dry
Sep 24, 2018 near Christmas, FL
Island covered with birds
Sep 25, 2018 near Christmas, FL
Hut along the path
Sep 25, 2018 near Christmas, FL
Alligators are definitely present, no mistake about that!
Sep 25, 2018 near Christmas, FL
Parking Area
Sep 25, 2018 near Christmas, FL

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