Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail
The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail is set on top of the 35-foot high Herbert Hoover Dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee to protect the area from flooding. The trail is part of the Florida National Scenic Trail and stretches over a hundred miles to encircle the enormous lake. Visitors are treated to stunning views, wildlife sightings, fishing and other recreational opportunities.
Touching Five Counties
LOST, as Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail is known, is partially paved, and the rest is a gravel road that wanders through five Florida counties – Glades, Hendry, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach. The longest on-road sections of the trail are located between Pahokee and Port Mayaca, and between Buckhead Ridge and Moore Haven. Shorter paved sections go through Taylor Creek and Clewiston.
Enjoying the Trail
The height of Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail offers beautiful views of Lake Okeechobee and provides ample photographic opportunities. Visitors are invited to navigate the trail by mountain bike or on roller blades, or simply by walking or hiking to enjoy the gorgeous lake vistas while keeping your eye out for herons, egrets and waterfowl that winter at the lake. Fishing from the trail is a popular activity.
Horseback riding is allowed in designated areas along the LOST Equestrian Trail that starts at Pahokee City Park and continues up to the north. Horse gates are located on the lakeside of the levee, and riders are required to remain near the shore and off the biking and hiking segments.
Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail features several convenient year around access points, including Belle Glade, John Stretch Park, Fisheating Creek, Indian Prairie Canal and the Kissimmee River. Visitors will find drinking water on or near the trail. There are three camp areas in Palm Beach County in Belle Glade, South Bay and Pahokee, and a few US Army Corps of Engineers campsites that are free but do not supply water or bathrooms.
Sections of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail may be closed for maintenance, so it is best to check with the Army Corps of Engineers before planning a trip.
Here is a short video overview of the Scenic Trail.