There are four designated primitive campsites along the route, but you must reserve backcountry space in advance by calling the park (941-361-6511) to ensure there’s room to pitch your tent. A per-person, per-night fee applies on top of the usual entrance fee. It’s a small price to pay for immersing in the beauty of the Florida prairie. I shot these images during a backpacking trip in 2003 – a very wet winter – and they’ll give you an idea of the splendor you can expect along this one-of-a-kind hiking trail.
You’ll find details and maps for backpacking Myakka in my book “50 Hikes in South Florida.”