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.
Length: More than 5 miles
Type: multiple loops, choose your own length of hike
Fees / Permits: Free
Open one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Guided hikes are offered. The kiosk will have information on trail conditions; the trail system is always flooded during the wet season. This is a very remote area; take appropriate safety precautions. A free permit is necessary for using the primitive campsite; call the land manager.
From I-75 exit 123, Corkscrew Rd, drive east for 19 miles to the preserve entrance on the right.
The Marsh Trail Loop leads to an observation tower over the open sawgrass marsh, with a short boardwalk that ends at an observation deck over a seasonal pond.
The linear Hammock Trail winds its way through a lush palm hammock with an understory of tropical plants like wild coffee and marlberry, and leads to the primitive campsite at the southwestern end of the trail system.
The Pine Flatwoods Trail Loop is a mowed grassy trail through the uplands. Abundant wildflowers and a variety of carnivorous plants thrive in the bogs.