There are good shoulders all the way around the lake. Stay in Clewiston, or Okeechobee; the Pahokee marina has new cabins for rent, though car safety there is a factor. Starke. Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. I have gotten into biking and thought I might try part of the okeechobee trail and came accross your site. Brandon. I found it relaxing as well, and hoped to see a black panther :-) but nothing like that. The rooms are tiny by today’s standards. At each pullout you’ll cross the 109-mile paved recreational path encircling Lake Okeechobee that is enjoyed by hikers, joggers, and bicyclists alike. Naples. On the south side, there’s Roland Martin’s Marina – it has a motel with it (have never been inside). I also mark the Scottish Inns in Okeechobee as an inexpensive, clean place to stay. Amelia Island. I stopped and took a couple of pictures. Gainesville. Ken is back in Missouri celebrating his mom’s 90th birthday presently. Is it safe to leave your car for a couple of hours? Cape San Blas. Northeast Everglades Natural Area. Ocala National Forest. Pine Island. Maybe, as you have two days for your plans you would like to stay in Okeechobee, or a little bit further, so the next day you do not have to ride that much. I was randomly searching the web for information on biking the Lake O trail and found your blog. White Springs. Pets are allowed, though of course, no bike riders would likely have a pet along…but maybe a spouse riding sag might, so it’s something to know. The trail around the lake provides an opportunity to view the native birds and wildlife of Southern Florida as well as the local aquatic plant life. I hated it. Here’s a link where I discuss some lodging options (and one to avoid, if you are like my wife). Maintaining, developing, promoting, and improving the Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail (OTLHT) is one of the responsibilities of the Loxahatchee Chapter. 78. You’re the highest object around for scores of miles. I’d opt for a road bike, but it depends on what other kinds of riding you want to do. Ocklawaha. Lake Wales. Me? We have not yet written up all of the segments of the Florida Trail along Lake Okeechobee for our website, although details about all segments can be found in our guidebook and app. See my post here about the ride we did in july…There is a great place to stay in Pahoke. Talbot Islands. You’re riding a circle, so you’re going to hit headwinds no matter what. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today announced it has temporarily closed the Port Mayaca South Recreation Area at Lake Okeechobee due to ongoing construction associated with the rehabilitation of Herbert Clearwater Beach. Nov 12/13 Starting in Clewiston at he Army Corps of Engineers 9AM ride west side up to Pier 2 resort in Okeechobee(863)763-8003 Mention big O $55/night and ride back Sunday. Kayak fishing at Lake Okeechobee is a great way to escape into the thrills of nature, and barely a handful of people get to experience it. You can see some big gators cruising up the rim canal, but it’s less appealing than the rest of the loop. Big Cypress Seminole Reservation. It includes step-by-step details for two of our favorite hikes along this section. Bunnell. Hardcover, 196 pages. I have a hybrid/mountain bike given to me as a gift. Random camping is permitted, but avoid doing so near towns. Ponce De Leon. Facts about Lake Okeechobee 8: the source of waters. I’ve had more flats on 27 than anywhere else. Corps temporarily closes Port Mayaca South Recreation Area The recreation area is expected to remain closed for more than a year, until the summer of 2013, while soil that is being staged from rehabilitation activities in the area is removed. You don’t have to get specific but just wondering if shes okay. Ridge Manor. Palm Coast. Northeast toward Okeechobee – or Southeast to Clewiston? In fact, I’ve had days when I deserved a tailwind, but the direction shifted and I had a headwind both ways. Help is a long way away when your partner is unconscious on the ground with head trauma. Includes an interactive map for the motorcycle route, photos, rider comments, gps files, turn by turn directions, and more. The comprehensive mile-by-mile guidebook to planning section and thru-hikes along the entire length of the Florida Trail. Heard basically everything from Belle Glade up to Port Mayaca is off limits right now. Trail Maps; Digital Maps; Other Maps; Prints. Thanks again! Thanks for the invite. This seems to be the only place for info for cyclists to refer to. One road/ride that Ken doesn’t mention is one of my favorites that we did all the time before we began riding the dike proper. There are two fish camps with cottages and camping, and several small motels in smaller lakeside communities. runkeeper as pictures of fence at uncle joe,s fish camp. CALL FOR REPORT - (863) 673-4966 Reservations (888) 629-BASS Home; About Me; Bass Fishing Reports; Okeechobee Fishing Guide. Deland. Lake Okeechobee is a 451,000 acre lake that connects to Caloosahatchee River that leads to Fort Meyers on the Gulf Coast and the St. Lucie Canal that leads to Stuart on the Atlantic Coast. Fort Walton Beach. Okeechobee is a city in Okeechobee County, Florida, United States. Ormond Beach. Fort Pierce Inshore Fishing Charters. … Fisherfolk are generally honest folks who look out for each other. Withlacoochee State Forest. See All Rider Reviews. Carrabelle. (Sunday Brunch is super!). Also at the KOA is a great bar and restruant with a very scenic view. Fire ant nests cluster close to the edges of the pavement. I’m sure some guys here can advice you around the north part of the Lake. Osteen. The quietness and solitude when you ride in between those cane fields make you think that in reality you are out of the surrounding world. No charge!!! On a southbound hike between Moore Haven and Clewiston, arrive at sunrise for the best light show on Lake Okeechobee. Looping around one of America’s largest lakes, the Okeechobee section of the Florida Trail provides panoramic views from atop the Herbert Hoover Dike. Ding Darling NWR. A regular off-road rider on an identical bike and less pressure in her tires had a good experience. Okeechobee West. An overview of the Okeechobee section, including a trail map, are in our full-color guidebook Florida Trail Hikes. An overlay on the Florida path route around Lake Okeechobee (Okeechobee East and Okeechobee West), the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail provides mostly paved cycling and walking routes around the entirely of the borders of the lake. Fort Myers. hoping to plan longer ride next week. It is right up on the rim. Marathon. Sopchoppy. Check out our available storage units on our website. Everglades National Park. I did a short portion of the unpaved dike on my Surly Long Haul Trucker touring bike. I heard the wind is really bad do you know which way would be easiest the second day considering the wind and paved roads? Orange Park. Redland. An overlay on the Florida path route around Lake Okeechobee (Okeechobee East and Okeechobee West), the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail provides mostly paved cycling and walking routes around the entirely of the borders of the lake. I highly recommend The Office bar at Nubbins Slough, Gizmo’s Pizza & Subs at Taylor Creek and the Golden Corral’s all-you-can eat buffet in Okeechobee. ), (2200 US-441. Buckhead Ridge . and that is why recently I added a second bottle of water to one of my bikes (my radiator has already 47 yrs). Lakeport . Now Open, Book Your Site Today! ab 490,38 $ … Birds, alligators (this time I have seen more than ever) and some little snakes depending on the hr, all make it a quiet spending of time. Rider Reviews. Sanibel Island. January 13, 2012, “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed two sections of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail while maintenance and rehabilitation work continues on the Herbert Hoover Dike.”. North End Map of Lake Okeechobee. Okeechobee . You pass the huge hunting preserve. I’ll drive that area a bit to get an impression, but I might avoid actually staying for too long if it doesn’t feel right. Fishing Rates ; About Lake Okeechobee; Okeechobee Pictures; Okeechobee Map… Chuluota. Fort Lauderdale. Milton. Jan likes Port Mayaca, and I’ll admit that I’ve probably started there more times than anywhere else, but I think the Clewiston to Moore Haven segment is the prettiest. Here’s the experience of a group that rode the dike in the opposite direction that weekend. EAST 0.0 – John Stretch Park 5.3 – South Bay Recreation Area 10.9 – Paul Rardin Park, Pahokee 17.1 – Pahokee Recreation Area 20.6 – Canal Point Recreation Area 26.9 – NENA Trailhead 30.1 – Port Mayaca Recreation Area 37.8 – Chauncey Bay trailhead 47.7 – Nubbin Slough trailhead 52.7 – Lakefront Park, Okeechobee 56.5 – Scott Driver Park, Okee-tantie, WEST 0.0 – John Stretch Park 8.5 – Army Corps of Engineers, Clewiston 9.7 – Levee Park, Clewiston 15.0 – Uncle Joe’s Fish Camp, Moore Haven 21.5 – Alvin Ward Park, Moore Haven 33.5 – Fisheating Creek, Lakeport 37.8 – Van de Velde Park, Lakeport 45.4 – Indian Prairie Canal 55.8 – Scott Driver Park, Okee-tantie. January 8, 2020//  by Sandra Friend & John Keatley. This is true especially along the Lake Trail, a path that runs along the island’s western side. A motorcycle ride in Florida called Lake Okeechobee loop, ridden and reviewed by other bikers. Most of the dike around Lake Okeechobee is now paved, a project that started in 2003 ago to facilitate ease of use for cyclists. Lakeport. The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) is a 109-mile multi-use path around Lake Okeechobee, the seventh largest lake in the United States and the largest in the state of Florida.The trail began as the Okeechobee Segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST), a 1,000 mile trail that runs from Miami to Pensacola.The USDA and National Forest Service dedicated the Okeechobee … Dunnellon. As much as paddling your way through the largest lake in Florida could be adventurous, it isn’t an easy feat. Lake Okeechobee is located in central southern Florida, north of the Everglades and south of Orlando. I first got this when I was 15 or so (when I reached my present adult height). Blountstown. I heartily salute you and your buddy, Gibbster! It’s generally smart to leave a car behind the gates of a campground or other business than at a trailhead when backpacking around the lake. They have kamping cabins there and each cabin is on the lake and has a screened in porch so you can sit out in the evening with a beer bug free.. Tarpon Springs. Okeechobee. We are staying at Uncle Joes Fish Camp near Moore Haven so in your opinion what would be a good point to end on the first day? Book Now Rates. 2 Reviews. Its Ken from pbp/it. I am not sure how soon I’ll get to go but the first time might be awfully spur-of-the-moment….but any time I do actually plan to go, I will try to send a heads-up to see who else might be out there. Merritt Island NWR. A lot of plant life in the water around the shores that extended pretty far out into the lake where we were At by the pier. Cross Florida Greenway. Camp at the base of the levee instead. Clewiston Inn or Roland’s Marina motel are Ok in Clewiston – there’s an RV park if you’re into camping at South Bay, too, that’s pretty nice. Cedar Key. As much as paddling your way through the largest lake in Florida could be adventurous, it isn’t an easy feat. I encourage you to click on the link to a larger map. Mary, for no apparent reason, crashed her bike about a mile north of the Chancey lock and wound up with five skull fractures. You’ve already convinced me to be wary of the parking situation at Pahokee – it was one of the areas I was considering. Apalachicola National Forest. Easily the prettiest and most relaxing part of the lake. Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. T . Includes an interactive map for the motorcycle route, photos, rider … 2) where is the best / safest place to park around Port Mayaca? If the hurricane actually comes here/comes close next week, this (old) bike will be the only way I can get around, so it’s also helpful to keep the legs and knees moving…part of my hurricane preparation plan! Lake Okeechobee. The best day hikes, overnights, and weekend trips on the Florida Trail. The first seven miles north of Port Mayaca are dull for me. Vero Beach. Oviedo. Port Mayaca is my favorite spot for many reasons – it’s closest to my house (I live in Lake Park on the Intracoastal); fastest off the Beeline Highway. Lake Mary. Definitely helpful in my research prepping for a circumnavigation next fall. One other warning: With these storms, plan carefully and watch your weather app on the phone. I envy you for being able to hop on and off without having to come all the way from the coast. 721 . I think that’s the prettiest part of the ride. The FORCE folks won’t even mock you for being a wimp. If you are west bound, plan to move to the left side of the lane as soon as you cross the bridge so you can make a left turn to get back on the dike. Okeechobee Battlefield is the site of one of Florida’s significant battles during the Second Seminole War. 710 . New Smyrna Beach. Timucuan Preserve. Blackwater River State Forest. Silver Springs. Beliebte Touren und Aktivitäten in und in der Umgebung von Florida. Punta Gorda. Florida Trail hikers will receive 50% off 1 day to 1 week log cabin rentals (depending on availability). You’re picking a great time to ride it if the wind is blowing in your favor. Really HOT!!!!. This helps us provide public information on this website. If you do need to filter water, don’t do so at dawn or dusk, when you might be mistaken for a deer by a prowling alligator. Sunny skies and smooth, blue water! In completing an end-to-end hike of the Florida Trail, I knew I’d need to fill a gap or two left behind at the Big O Hike. The section between Uncle Joe’s Fish Camp/Liberty Point and Alvin Ward Park/Moore Haven East are closed while culverts 1 & 1A are replaced. Walking atop a 35-foot-tall dike built to hem in the waters of the second largest lake entirely within the United States, you cultivate a sense of perspective. NORTHWEST FLORIDA Apalachicola. If you want to see pictures or need more details, feel free to email me… Not bad for a couple of 70 year olds ehh!!!! It had a nice view of the lake. To get to Port Mayaca, get off on Northlake Blvd. This was for sure a good choice. I asked if they finally planned to build the whole dike around the lake and then also pave the whole lake so you do not have to get out into the traffic and they told me that that was the main idea and that is why they were trying first to connect the whole dike even though it could take some time. Fisheating Creek. A 63 mile spur trail of the Florida Trail starting at Lake Okeechobee roughly in the center of the state that takes you all the way east to the Atlantic Ocean at the Hobe Sound beach. @Monica: You’re going to be in an odd place for starting off that won’t get you half way around or even close if you stay in decent spots. Jan- Thanks for your info. Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps. [prep began this weekend on by making multiple recon stops along the lake on the way down to and back from from Miami). Lake Trail Storage takes pride in offering a simple and hassle-free self storage experience for all of our customers in OKEECHOBEE, FL. So I’m told.) Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lake Okeechobee. For a map of trail closures, see the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website (see ATTRACTIONS Lake Okeechobee and More Things to Do. Ebro. In a place that boasts some of the most exclusive addresses in the world, there is a relaxed friendliness and casual civility. Port St. Joe. Stopped in clewiston at roland Martins for lunch…(great place) and continued to Pahoke. had hope to ride the circle on 3-1-12. With a possible Atlantic storm a week away, I wind up working almost every day…so we will see. Click here for larger map. Live Oak. Don’t count on anyone recognizing the names I’ve given those access points. A shallow basin of 730 square miles, the lake plays with the weather. for all of you. They do groups all the time and could accommodate you. Leesburg. I keep saying I’m going to take it north to Stuart one of these days as it follows the St. Lucie Canal, but never get around to it. Homestead. This paved and off-road trail circles the second largest freshwater lake in the United States, Lake Okeechobee. Call 561-684-8444 any questions””. The road has good shoulder. Big Cypress National Preserve. Merritt Island. Thanks for the heads-up. The section between Harney Pond Canal and the Kissimmee River remains blissfully pavement-free, and is one of the most remote portions of the trail. 376 pages. Overall Route Rating. As a newbie to that area, I’m not sure I would pick up on the difference but you make it sound like a good spot, which means a lot. There’s nothing in South Bay to speak of, nothing in Pahokee and only the locks at the dike in Port Mayaca. But the ride along 76 is way cool. It’s on the north side. 356 pages, $18.95 + tax and shipping. Here are two pieces I did on last year’s ride: My experience riding the unpaved portion of the LOST. Melbourne Beach. Important landmarks starting with mile 0 at John Stretch Park, for the east and west sides of the loop. Park Map; Contact; Get Directions (505) 382-6068. There are a number of other known spots, the Flamingo – old fashioned but OK, and Pier II, the Travelodge, a Best Western. I discovered a long time ago that I’ll have a better chance of seeing 71 if I don’t ride in those temps. I won’t tell you how many years ago that was….but lets just say it is more than half a lifetime ago! As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 5,784. If you stay there for sure you will need to call ahead for reservations. Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, Florida: Address, Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail Reviews: 3.5/5 Along the north shoreline of Lake Okeechobee, this paved segment of the Florida Trail is one of its prettiest, offering sweeping views of the lake. Happy to help, Evan. Tampa. Williston, MULTI-REGION Big Cypress Swamp. Actually building a piece of dike all the way to that part where it does not exist. I am involved with a group that is planning to ride the 120 miles in 2 days in October. An ocean-like expanse, Lake Okeechobee is open water to the horizon along the long arc between Pahokee and Port Mayaca. Hike Bike Paddle Camp Florida with authors Sandra Friend and John Keatley as your guides. Trail 2 Miles ay y d y C g e e k C h a n c B C r Creek h Creek River Canal H l n a a C a r n n P o e River Canal iver Canal Canal al Canal r ek F i shea t n rail 6 6 9.9 2 4 2 8 4.4 7.6 5.6 1 9.1 2 3.4 7 7 10.3 3 Torry Island Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail 441 70 . Port St. Lucie. Be sure to compensate them for their gas and time. The 30 m wide (100 foot) dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee is the basis for the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST), a part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, a 2,090 km (1,300-mile) long trail that is a National Scenic Trail.There is a well-maintained paved pathway along the majority of the perimeter. The shoulders aren’t as wide as 78, but they’re fine. In addition to the largemouth bass, crappie, and blue gills commonly caught here, Lake Okeechobee is close to other great attractions, like deep sea fishing in West Palm Beach, four nearby golf courses, and… Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail… With more than 11 Okeechobee trails covering 193 miles, you’re bound to find a perfect trail like the Okeechobee Road Path or Trans-Florida Central Railroad Trail. I’ve also marked a few places around the north and east side of the lake to eat. Iconic as it runs from Lake Okeechobee, all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Lately there have been a little wind, but I never go beyond 15 miles/hr, unless when returning and close to home, then sometimes I go up to 20. Overseas Heritage Trail. I’ll have to get out there soon now that the weather is changing for the bearable, and photograph much of what we are talking about. GPX FILE. The red lines show where you have to exit the LOST and get on public highways. I will take this info and do a little planning. Very casual.. But another place to consider for good lodging is Pahokee – its cabins at the marina are quite nice, actually (modern and only 2 years old, I think). We wanted to know how much it was going to cost, what types of drinks (other than beer), where would we meet and what time, and how would we bring clothes, bath items, etc… to the camp area, and is there any more room at the camp area? 61 miles. Most of us are casual riders so would you mind sharing some more specifics on what you would suggest for us. Great Bass Fishing and more! Crystal River. 8.6 miles. New RV Resort on Florida’s Inland Sea . Mayo. Every Thanksgiving Week … Now, with construction zones blocking access to much of the southern half of the lake, it isn’t. Oct 1, 2012 - Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Florida. Niceville. From Uncle Joes Fish Camp, which is at the same time close to Clewiston, you still will ride like half an hour toward Moore Haven, and then you can get out from the dike until Okeechobee where the Trail is back a human paved one. Not all are aligned in a S > N perspective, but this is the order they are around the loop, from the south to the northwest and back southeast. Park Map; Contact; Get Directions (505) 382-6068. Comments and Photos. The stretch between the dike and the road on the east side of Taylor Creek is shell rock. Take the lane when crossing the bridge. The trail starts at the ocean, entering Jonathan Dickinson State Park at US 1, traveling through the park, Palm Beach County Natural Areas, Corbett … Richard, Your stays will be limited to the south side or north side; there are no motels that we would recommend in Belle Glade, Pahokee or Moorehaven. Cocoa Beach. I had a couple of questions. Lightning has been fierce with these storms, and you’re the tallest thing around on top of that dike – a natural lightning rod. The trail is accessible to hikers, cyclers, horseback riders, and rollerbladers – fee free! Designated campsites along the trail provide a covered picnic table, a couple of trees where you can string a hammock, and flat spots for camping. If I have any questions I will be sure to let you guys know. Mims. Jensen Beach. So we are looking forward to do this trip with you guys. I was thinking that a hybrid would be a better choice. Welcome to Lake Okeechobee RV Park located in Okeechobee, Florida. (8390 US Hwy 441 SE), (863) 484-8991. I’ve tried to mark all the trail heads and access points I can remember. DeBary. 111.3 miles. “The Big “O” Here others can tell you better, actually I’ve never had ridden beyond Moore Haven (I mean biking). 2 Rode it 1 Want to Ride it. All around the lake, you may encounter people using the trail for daily exercise and for access for fishing. Monticello. Our 2020 update of the state of the Florida Trail around Lake Okeechobee. Add New Route. Mossy Head. Watch the … Deltona. My name is Timothy and my dad and I were wondering if you were still doing the bike ride around Lake Okeechobee November 12-13. The lake itself, thanks in large part to its lack of depth, produces an abundance of bushy vegetation and large swaths of grassy cover – arrowhead, cattails, eelgrass, hyacinth, hydrilla, lily pads, peppergrass – … Airboat Cruising Lake Okeechobee. At the first sign of a storm, get off that dike and somewhere safe fast. What I’m on now….I have had for a VERY long time. I hated to see them close.]. Perry. Quincy. The Lake Okeechobee scenic drive between Okeechobee and Pahokee is roughly 40 miles, and in that distance are myriad places to pull over and marvel at the scale of the lake. 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