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Myakka Hiking Trail

Easy/Intermediate

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34.0 mile 54.6 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 317' 96 m
Descent: -307' -94 m
High: 56' 17 m
Low: 17' 5 m

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Max Grade: 6% (3°)

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A long trail through Myakka State Park only open to foot traffic.

Mike Joyce

Features Birding · Wildflowers

Need to Know

If you do decide to shorten your run and use Powerline Road (shell/gravel) as an exit route, know that it is flooded and impassible (full of alligators) in a section about a mile east of its intersection with Park Road. There is a trail that goes around it, but if you're looking for a quick exit, be prepared to jump back on trails to bypass.

Description

Myakka is a fantastic place for birding, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and biking. This is the main artery of their trail system. There are many off-shoots that can change the length of this trip or connect to primitive camp sites to make this into a multi-day adventure. Some primitive campsites do have water by pump, but they aren't always reliable and need to be treated.

This trail meanders through a mix of trees and fields. Be prepared for a lot of direct sun. I've never seen large crowds out here, especially as you get away from the main road. I cannot stress enough that water is a challenge here so check with the rangers and plan ahead.

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Land Manager: Myakka River State Park

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Prairie crossing on the way to Oak Grove campsites
Jan 21, 2019 near North Port, FL

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