The Myakka Trail includes 38.9 miles of loop trails and is maintained by the Florida Trail Association. Backcountry roads crisscross the park. The Powerline and Old Railroad Grade offer direct access to the interior.
The Myakka trail is identified by orange vertical rectangles, or blazes, painted on trees or posts. Spur and cross trails are blue blazed. Two vertical blazes indicate a sharp turn in the trail.
The horse trail is also open to hikers (marked with yellow blazes). You can combine portions of these trails and intersecting roads to form any desired hiking distance.
Late fall, winter and early spring are ideal hiking seasons. Summer hiking, especially on the shadeless prairie, can be extremely hot and hikers should beware of heat exhaustion and stress. Insects may be a problem at any time and during rainy periods trails are often flooded. Always carry water, map and compass and wear appropriate sturdy footwear.
There are six primitive campgrounds along the hiking trail, with three campsites at each campground. Camp areas are located in oak hammocks, offering shade as well as beauty.
Two campsites at each area (up to 8 persons) can be reserved up to 11 months in advance. Four campers may occupy a site or a maximum occupancy of 12 at a campground. Allow sufficient time to reach your designated campsite by sunset. Camp fee is $5 per person per night except children under 6 are free.
Use campstoves when possible and keep campfires small. Burn only downed and dead wood and practice minimum impact camping. Leave your campsite cleaner than you found it.
Lightning fires and fires initiated by rangers for park management are common. Be sure to occupy your designated site so you can be contacted in case of emergency.
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