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Myakka Hiking Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (5)

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


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Map Key

34.0

Miles

54.6

KM

100%

Runnable

56' 17 m

High

17' 5 m

Low

317' 96 m

Up

307' 94 m

Down

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Avg Grade (0°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

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Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · 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.

Contacts

Land Manager: Myakka River State Park

Shared By:

Mike Joyce with improvements by Arie van Duijn

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#86

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

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