Swamp Walks

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One of the wildest and most wonderful aspects to hiking in Florida is the availability of swamp walks through many habitats in Florida. These watery wades immerse you in habitats found nowhere else on earth.

Swamp Walks by Name

Apoxee Wilderness

Apoxee Wilderness Trail

In the wet prairies and tropical hammocks of Apoxee Wilderness, an urban wilderness area, you'll walk through the water supply of West Palm Beach on a 4.7-mile day hike through the southernmost part of Grassy Waters Preserve
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Collier Seminole Hiking Trail

Collier-Seminole Hiking Trail

A wet and wild 6-mile loop into the watery wilderness of the Big Cypress Swamp, the Collier-Seminole Hiking Trail provides a challenging wade into beauty
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Collier Memorial at Collier-Seminole State Park

Collier-Seminole State Park

It was meant to be a national park, the largest natural hammock of royal palms in the United States, set aside by developer Barron Collier during his push to create the Tamiami Trail across the Everglades. The Federal government wasn't interested, so the state of Florida stepped in and created Collier-Seminole State Park, which opened in 1947.
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CREW Marsh Trails

CREW Corkscrew Marsh

Explore the northwestern boundary of Corkscrew Marsh - one corner of a massive conservation area surrounding Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and protecting the watershed feeding the swamp - on a series of trails that traverses through pine flatwoods, oak hammocks, and palm hammocks.
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Estero Scrub Preserve

Estero Scrub Preserve State Park

A tough hike when it's wet, Estero Scrub Preserve State Park has several loops through wet flatwoods and tidal marshes along the rim of Estero Bay
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Fakahatchee Strand State Park

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

It’s the Amazon of North America, home of the ghost orchid. Protecting more than 85,000 acres, Fakahatchee Strand is Florida's largest state preserve and most certainly our wildest.
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Fern Forest

Fern Forest Nature Center

A bounty of ferns await at Fern Forest Nature Center, an urban wilderness area established in 1979, spanning 247 acres that surround the original floodplain of Cypress Creek
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Florida Panther NWR

Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge

The longer of two loops at Florida Panther NWR guarantees a wet walk through panther habitat of wet pine flatwoods and cypress domes
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Bradwell Bay

Florida Trail, Bradwell Bay

You're guaranteed to get wet on Florida’s roughest, wildest swamp walk on the Florida Trail in Bradwell Bay, a wild place where hiking with friends is a smart idea
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Amid the cypresses north of Loop Road

Florida Trail, Loop Road to Oasis

No longer officially part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, the Loop Road to Oasis section of the Florida Trail is now blazed blue. This is where sawgrass and cypress meet, where the Everglades and Big Cypress blend.
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Florida Trail, Corbett WMA

Florida Trail, Ocean to Lake: Corbett WMA

With 11.7 miles of linear hiking in a vast watery wilderness - like Big Cypress and the Everglades - you'd hardly believe this Florida Trail section at Corbett WMA is in Palm Beach County
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Florida Trail, DuPuis to Corbett

Florida Trail, Ocean to Lake: DuPuis to Corbett

Deep in the heart of the Ocean-to-Lake Greenway, this 9.7 mile segment of the Florida Trail bridging DuPuis Reserve and Corbett WMA is one of the most wild and scenic treks in southeastern Florida
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Sabal Palm Trail

Sabal Palm Trail

Slosh for up to 2.5 miles on a very wet walk in the Big Cypress Swamp along the Sabal Palm Trail at Picayune Strand State Forest near Naples.
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Triple N Ranch

Triple N Ranch

Vast pine savannas and pitcher plant bogs await at one of the toughest loop trails in the Orlando area a 7.5-mile challenge at Triple N Ranch WMA.
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We’ve had the pleasure of both hiking and leading treks through the Big Cypress Swamp, where the rain-fed swamp of crystal-clear water is a wonderland of orchids and bromeliads, and wading rugged Bradwell Bay, a wild place near Tallahassee. The hikes above offer the wild side of Florida – and best to experience that with a few friends or on a guided trip when you plan your trek.

Swamp Walks by Location

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