Myakka River State Park is known the world over as a haven for abundant wildlife and natural scenic beauty. One of the best ways to experience this large wilderness area is through the solitude of a remote campsite, reachable only by hiking or biking (map). Staying overnight in one of the primitive areas provides campers with one of the best ways to see wildlife in a natural setting.
There are six primitive campgrounds at Myakka River which can be located on the Hiking and Biking Map. Each has three campsites and is set in an oak hammock or pinewoods, providing shade as well as beauty. A map of the hiking trails, dirt roads and primitive campsites can be picked up at the park office. Late fall, winter and early spring are the best times for hiking. Fees are $5.00 per person (age 6 and above) per night.
|Mossy Hammock (No Water)||2.2 Miles. Accessible by hiking or biking|
|Bee Island (No Water)||5.4 Miles. Accessible by hiking or biking|
|Oak Grove||9.5 Miles. Accessible by hiking or biking|
|Panther Point||8.6 Miles. Accessible by hiking only.|
|Honore||8.7 Miles. Accessible by hiking only.|
|Prairie||13.9 miles. Accessible by hiking only.|
Water must be treated, filtered, or boiled prior to consumption. Be aware that wells may dry up when the water table is low. Check with a ranger for current conditions. To be safe, always carry water with you. The water pumps at the sites require priming. There are jugs of water by each pump for this purpose. Be sure to refill the jugs for the next camper. If you need instructions on operating pitcher pumps, ask a ranger.