Florida Trail, Okee-tantie to Platts Bluff

Following the Kissimmee River north from where it empties into Lake Okeechobee, the Florida Trail is atop a dike above a vast expanse of open prairie in ranchland.

Florida Trail, Three Lakes WMA

At Three Lakes WMA / Prairie Lakes Unit, the Florida Trail traverses one of the largest expanses of open prairie in the Southeast, the Kissimmee Prairie.

Florida Trail, Yates Marsh

Along this 3.3-mile section of the Florida Trail in the heart of the Kissimmee prairies, Yates Marsh is not marshy, but a hike in natural habitats and pasture along the river.

Hiking through Basinger

The heart of Okeechobee cattle country, Basinger is a historic town just east of the Kissimmee River. Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of exploring a new section of the Florida Trail which passes through Basinger, skirting the village itself to provide hikers with breathtakingly beautiful scenery along Chandler Slough, a cypress-lined tributary of […]

New Kissimmee section lock crossing now open

As of February 10, the following lock crossing procedure is in place for hikers crossing the new section of the Florida Trail along Kissimmee River between KICCO WMA and Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park: 1) Contact Kim Willis at SFWMD one week in advance of your planned arrival date at 800-432-2045 x3333 or by email. […]