Army Corps of Engineers
South Florida Operations Office
525 Ridgelawn Road
Clewiston, FL 33440-5399
Designated as a segment of the Florida National Scenic
Trail, this trail circles the second largest freshwater
lake in the contiguous United States. The trail itself
is located atop the Herbert Hoover Dike, which surrounds
the lake for flood protection, and provides views
ranging from scenic lakeside to working agricultural
landscapes. It also takes users near and through communities
that are at the heart of agriculture in this part
of the state, such as Clewiston and Belle Glade. The
area affords opportunities for viewing wildlife, particularly
in fall and winter, when birds such as herons, egrets,
and a variety of wintering waterfowl are abundant.
And of course, fishing opportunities are endless.
Unpaved, typically double-track gravel; approximately 110
Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach, Hendry, Glades
Cities: Belle Glade, Clewiston, Okeechobee, Pahokee, Moore
Hikers and mountain bikers are able to access the trail from numerous
locations. In addition to those shown on the accompanying map, the
Army Corps of Engineers produces a brochure (http://pillar.saj.usace.army.mil/recreation/images/brochures/lostbro.pdf)
that is a helpful companion, showing additional access points and
indicating segment mileage. Also, for hikers, the Florida Trail
Association (FTA) produces a detailed hiking guide and segment-by-segment
maps which are very useful for hiking the Florida National Scenic
Trail. For more information, visit FTA’s website at www.florida-trail.org
or call 1-877-HIKEFLA..
are also able to access the trail from various locations. Port Mayaca,
Chancy Bay, Harney Pond, Moore Haven and Clewiston Park are among
the options. Segments like Port Mayaca to Chancy Bay offer nice
round-trip opportunities. Contact the Corps South Florida Operations
Office at the number listed below for more details on suggested
note that the trail route requires users to exit the levee at certain
locations. Use caution in areas adjacent to roadways.
storms are frequent during summer months and may approach with little
warning. Seek shelter or low ground if you encounter a storm.
The options for reaching Lake Okeechobee are numerous and depend
upon the location you are coming from and the trail access point
where you want to start. If you require directions, contact the
Corps South Florida Operations Office.