Summary: This is a sand road walk in full sun most of the way walking through open prairie. Not much wildlife but we did see the dung beetle and lots of birds. The area that goes to the lake is beautiful. The wilderness area is cool because it is limited to 30 people per day. We went on a Sunday and were the only ones there.
We found two geocaches around the lake. Geocaching is fun because you have something to look for.
Trailhead: You have to register and pay the Florida State Park Fee at the Ranger office in Myakka River State Park. Then go right on 72 about .9 miles and make a left into the unmarked parking area. (Lat:27.24042 Lon:-82.32949)
Trail Guides for Myakka Wilderness Preserve:
Myakka River State Park Hiking Trail
by Florida Trail Assoc (Florida Trail Assoc)
50 Hikes in South Florida
by Sandra Friend (Backcountry Guides)
The Florida Trail
by Sandra Friend (Westcliffe Publishers)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Myakka River State Park 941-361-6511
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joe Moraca, who has posted 3 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Mary on 7/11/2011
Not the most exciting but enjoyed it. Saw more wildlife than in the main part of the park & no people. Several buzzards in the trees, an armadillo, birds & many large gators in the water & a couple on shore. Did not walk along the lake due to mud, but OK with that once we saw the gators resting out there.
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