Big Cypress 15
ElevationAscent: 145' 44 m
Descent: -145' -44 m
High: 39' 12 m
Low: 14' 4 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
“A great loop within a reasonable drive of all of South Florida.”— Jason Doedderlein
Start off at the gate and follow the canal. Grab a map on the way in or use the Trail Run Project mobile app to guide you. This starts off on the "orange" trail (Florida National Scenic Trail: North Big Cypress Segment). At 0.8 miles, you'll hit the Blue Trail. Take a right onto the Blue Trail which will take you all the way around back to the canal up at the top of the loop. Two additional trails intersect the trail that allow for a bail out or additional mileage. Just stay on the Blue Trail.
Blazes are frequent and obvious. At about 10 miles, you'll reconnect with the Florida National Scenic Trail: North Big Cypress Segment. Take a left and follow it back to the trailhead. This section of the run can be a bit overgrown, especially early in the season (Oct/Nov) but is the best nature I have found since moving here. It'll be super wet if done in the summer.
If you are looking for some nature and want a good straight away, or to run this area in the summer, just stick along the canal. It is still a beautiful stretch.
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Land Manager: Big Cypress National Preserve