PHOTO BY BONNIE GROSS
August 7, 2014
Designated as part of the Florida National Scenic Trail in 1993, the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail is a 110-mile path encircling Lake Okeechobee. Most of the trail consists of crushed gravel roadway on top of the 35 feet high Herbert Hoover Dike. A 26-mile segment from the Kissimmee River to Port Mayaca is paved asphalt.
The height above the surrounding lands and waters allows for excellent vistas. The trail can be utilized for short day hikes or 110-mile loop hikes.
The trail is open year round for a variety of uses including hiking, bicycling, birdwatching, fishing, and photography. Hunting is not permitted on any section of the trail. There are 13 camping areas available on or adjacent to the Lake Okeechobee Trail, at maximum intervals of 10 miles, if you decide to make a multi-day trip out of it.
FYI: On the web, go to www.dep.state.fl.us for a map and more information on access points.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also provides a very helpful downloadable brochure at pillar.saj.usace.army.mil/recreation