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A great loop within a reasonable drive of all of South Florida.


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15.3

Miles

24.6

KM

Loop

39' 12 m

High

14' 4 m

Low

145' 44 m

Up

145' 44 m

Down

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Avg Grade (0°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Wildlife

Overview

Flat. Empty. Trees. Did I mention no people? This is the best trail hiking I've come across in South Florida.

Need to Know

Super easy parking just off Alligator Alley adjacent to a rest area (aka "shaded area for stretching and getting ice cream")

Description

This is a 15-mile loop that has a few additional trails that allow you to extend the hike or make it into short loops.

Start off at the gate and follow the canal. Grab a map on the way in or use the Hiking Project mobile app to guide you. This starts off on the "orange" trail (Florida National Scenic Trail: North Big Cypress Segment). At 0.8 miles, you'll hit the Blue Trail. Take a right onto the Blue Trail which will take you all the way around back to the canal up at the top of the loop. Two additional trails intersect the trail that allow for a bail out or additional mileage. Just stay on the Blue Trail.

Blazes are frequent and obvious. At about 10 miles, you'll reconnect with the Florida National Scenic Trail: North Big Cypress Segment. Take a left and follow it back to the trailhead. This section of the hike can be a bit overgrown, especially early in the season (Oct/Nov) but is the best nature I have found since moving here. It'll be super wet if done in the summer.

If you are looking for some nature and want a good straight away, or to hike this area in the summer, just stick along the canal. It is still a beautiful stretch.

Flora & Fauna

Gators (shocker), snakes (shocker), lots of birds and a couple of turtles.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jason Doedderlein

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Yep. That's south Florida.
Oct 29, 2018 near Immokalee, FL

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Jan 13, 2019
Arie van Duijn
Great hike to see a variety of Everglades landscapes and wildlife. 15.5mi — 6h 00m
Dec 8, 2018
Jason Culberson
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