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Distance

6.66 mi

Elevation gain

682 ft

Technical difficulty

Easy

Elevation loss

682 ft

Max elevation

105 ft

Trailrank

25

Min elevation

7 ft

Trail type

Loop

Time

5 hours 20 minutes

Coordinates

1068

Uploaded

January 16, 2014

Recorded

January 2014

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105 ft
7 ft
6.66 mi

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near Lake Marian Highlands, Florida (United States)

This hike will take on another loop trail in Prairie Lakes WMA. The hike starts at the parking area just before you cross the bridge over the waterway. I started on the white blazed trail, but you could start at the orange blazed trail across the road. I did the hike on 1-15-14, so bear that in mind. The trail was blazed very well in most cases, but like any blazed trails there are spots where the blazes are harder to find. From the parking area, head over near the waterway and west. You should see signs which inform you where the white blazed trail begins. There is a blue blazed trail off the white trail which will take you to a picnic area and chemical toilet. A fair portion of the white trail is in the woods, that is nice except that the wild hogs had torn the ground up pretty bad the day I did it. I had to watch for exposed roots, which can be tripping hazards. You will come to a picnic table, which is a nice rest spot. The trail enters the palmetto scrub, that area has little shade. You will walk open trails for quite a while. Once you hit the road leading into the WMA, the white trail ends. Cross the road and follow the orange blazed Florida Trail. You will be on an open trail with little shade for quite a while. The FTA has provided a very nice boardwalk over what was once a swamp. There are some benches on the boardwalk for a break; it is where I ate my lunch. The trail eventually enters a very pretty area of oaks, some covered in spanish moss. You will find your way back at the parking area. This is a hunted area, so read about hunting activity. You could check my hunting calendar at www.tinyurl.com/techunt or look at the brochure from the FWC. It is always wise to wear bright clothes. Take a look at my website – www.tomchoma.com Happy trails to all, Tom
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Blue Trail to Camping Area

Blue blazed trail to chemical toilet and picnic/campground
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Boardwalk Ends

FTA boardwalk over a wet area ends here
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Boardwalk Starts Here

FTA boardwalk over a wet area starts here
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Bridge Over Slough

Bridge provided by FTA volunteers over water area
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Chemical Toilet

Nice building
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Cross Road

Cross a road here
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Crossed Road

Cross a road here
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Enter Scrub Area

Enter Open Scrub Area - very little shade for quite a while
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Enter White Trail

Enter white blazed trail here
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Exit Scrub Open Area

Pretty much (but not all) end of the open scrub
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Fire Tower

Fire tower you can view from the trail
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Florida Orange Trail Enter

Enter the orange blazed Florida Trail Here
Campsite

Large Campsite/Picnic Area

Area is right on a dirt road
Car park

Parking Area

Parking area
Picnic

Picnic Table on Trail

Single picnic table on white blazed trail
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White Trail End

White trail ends here - pickup the orange blazed trail across the road

1 comment

  • gwasserm Dec 12, 2019

    As of 12/12/2019, I wish to report that the bridge marked on the Florida trail is in a bit of disrepair. You might still be able to hop around and get across. The Indian River Chapter of Florida trails is planning a repair mission in the near future, but details have not been set yet.

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