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A wonderful walk with alligators


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10.2

Miles

16.4

KM

Point to Point

62' 19 m

High

20' 6 m

Low

211' 64 m

Up

207' 63 m

Down

1%

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4%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Wildlife

Need to Know

Dogs evidently bring out predatory behavior the the alligators. You really shouldn't bring dogs-or small children.

Description

This is a great nature hike to give you a chance to see many of the denizens of a Florida swamp. There is a lot to learn here.

This is a flat trail that is elevated a few feet above the surrounding swamp. You'll see a potpourri of wildlife including deer, gators, insects, and birds. All the kinds of things you would expect to find in a swamp. Sunscreen and insect repellent are mandatory. I found it comforting to hold a stout stick in case an alligator lunged at me. I don't know if it would have done anything, but it did make me feel better.

Flora & Fauna

You'll not be able to miss the alligators. Many of them will refuse to leave the trail as you hike by. Nerve-racking the first few times, but then you get used to it.

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Shared By:

Rick Ihnat

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The swamp
Jun 20, 2020 near Orangetree, FL
A small portion of the trail is boardwalk.
Jun 20, 2020 near Orangetree, FL
Interesting tree
Jun 20, 2020 near Orangetree, FL
The alligators won't always get off the trail. The vultures are waiting around in case the encounter doesn't go well.
Jun 20, 2020 near Orangetree, FL
The swamp
Jun 20, 2020 near Orangetree, FL
Cocking his head and giving me a stink eye.
Jun 20, 2020 near Orangetree, FL

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Aug 8, 2020
Jaime W
w/ kids 8mi — 3h 27m
Jun 6, 2020
Rick Ihnat
Great hike. Lots of wildlife. 12.2mi
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