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Florida is one of the most visited places in the world!
Florida is known for it's white sandy beaches, hurricanes and attractions like Disney World, Universal Studios and Seaworld.
But there is another wilder side of Florida. The Everglades, Wildlife Management Areas and Preserves.
The hiking season usually lasts from October to about May. May 15th begins our wet season and this is not a good time to go backpacking or hiking. The humidity rises and the bugs come out!
During the dry season, temperatures are lower with low humidity.
Summer weather is very unpredictable. Be ready for rain at any time.
Rainy Day in Florida
Hickory Hammock Trail
One of the best hiking trails in Florida in my opinion is the Hickory Hammock Trail! It is just north of the city of Okeechobee on route 98 and has wonderful oak trees and lots of shade.
It is managed by the South Florida Water Management District. You can just park on route 98 and backpack in. There is camping for hikers as well as anyone who wants to stay in the campsite for horse owners or RV's.
Be sure to bring water or drinks and food because there are none of these available here.
For important updates prior to your hike, check the trailhead kiosk.
Spruce Bluff South AIS Trail is a nice hike right in the city of Port Saint Lucie!
Seminole Rest is very scenic with a nice walk and right by the water!
The best place to see wildlife is along the Black Point Wildlife Drive.
Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area comprises more than 63,000 acres of southern Osceola County, 25 miles southeast of St. Cloud, Florida.
This 80-acre site, Paleo Hammock Preserve, preserves a unique hammock with archaeological significance.
George E. LeStrange Preserve is a 94 acre site that contains a large catch and release lake, canoe & kayak launch and 1 mile of interpretive trail that runs along Ten Mile Creek.
The Richard E. Becker Preserve is a jungle-like thirteen-acre preserve on Ten Mile Creek which is part of the head waters of the St. Lucie River North Fork. The site offers one half mile of hiking trails along the historical spoil mounds left when the creek was channelized and is where young and old alike can discover the mysterious and hidden life of the forest and river.
This eight-acre site provides canoe access to Ten Mile Creek Preserve, a tributary of the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. A short, self-guided interpretive trail guides visitors through the floodplain forest, floodplain swamp and oxbows.
Gordy Road Recreation Area is a 44-acre scrub forest of oak and pine, located south of State Road 70, off Gordy Road in Fort Pierce, Florida.
The D. J. Wilcox Preserve is named after Dewey J. Wilcox, who served as a St. Lucie County Commissioner for 16 years in the 1930s and 1940s. A one-mile self-guided interpretive trail winds through the 105-acre site along the Indian River Lagoon.
The Indrio Scrub Preserve 13-acre site preserves an example of native scrub in eastern St. Lucie County. The site features a half-mile interpretive trail, identifying the most common species within the scrub forest.
Donald B. Moore Preserve, located along the Indian River Lagoon, contains some very old Live Oak and Cabbage Palm. Local historians claim this 78-acre site was the location of the 1849 Russell/Barker skirmish, which led to the Third Seminole War. Two short interpretive trails wind through the site.
George E. LeStrange Preserve to Gordy Road Recreation Area connector trail, is a future interpretive trail that runs along Ten Mile Creek and should be done only with much caution!
Bluefield Ranch Preserve was an active cattle ranch for many years, the 3,285-acre site preserves the largest stand of scrub in St. Lucie County. Located off State Road 70 at Bluefield Road, there are more than 20 miles of hiking, mountain bike and horse trails, an elevated wildlife observation deck, wildlife blind, primitive hike-in camping and primitive horseback camping.
Check back often because I will be adding more Florida hikes and adventures soon!
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