7.37 mi

Elevation gain

2,543 ft

Technical difficulty


Elevation loss

2,543 ft

Max elevation

51 ft



Min elevation

-108 ft

Trail type



6 hours 7 minutes




January 27, 2013


January 2013
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51 ft
-108 ft
7.37 mi

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near Colony Park Mobile Home Village, Florida (United States)

This hike will take you along some roads/trails in the southern section of this vast conservation area. Many of the old trails are either not marked or marked with very old signs. The newer trails found down near the EELs main project - Sams House - are well blazed and were in great shape the day I hiked them. I entered the area from the main parking area off Pine Island Road, but if you just want to venture around the Sams House trails you can enter down off North Tropical Trail. The only thing you have to be concerned about is the limited hours, visit this website for more information -
There is no hunting in this area, so I assume they feel safer than in hunted areas. You can also read more about this and other areas at my website – Please take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints (if you spot some trash, you can take that too) - happy trails!

Bald Eagle Viewing Area

Area at end of Red Trail to view an active Bald Eagle's nest

Blue Trail Observation Area

Area at end of blue trail to look out over the Indian River
Information point

Blue Trail Start

Short blue blazed trail starts here

Bridges for Vehicles

Very old bridges once used by the homesteaders who lived in the area
Information point

Garnet Trail End

Garnet blazed trail ends in Pine Island Conservation Area
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Garnet Trail Start

Garnet blazed trail starts here

Large Gator

Spotted large gator here
Information point

Large Open Area

Large open area, I assume it once was a parking area

Parking Spot

Main parking area at end of Pine Island Road
Information point

Old Bench

Old trail rest bench
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Open Muddy Area (Trail Seems to End)

End of trail

Parking Area

Alternate parking area if you want to kayak or fish
Information point

Red Trail to Eagle Viewing Area

Red blazed trail starts here
Information point

Sams House

Sams House - EEL Area - closed often
Information point

Short Trail End

Short marked trail ends here
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Short Trail Start

Short marked trail starts here
Information point

Trail Junction

Trail junction
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White Trail Start

White blazed trail starts here - actually a loop


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