Here's your opportunity to enjoy one of the most beautiful and remote landscapes in Florida. The campground at Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) can be your base camp as you explore Fisheating Creek and our unique area. It's a wet wilderness, seasonally flooded when summer rains flow down Fisheating Creek toward Lake Okeechobee and the river of grass we call the Everglades.
Would you enjoy…
- Hiking in a tropical wilderness
- Following a lush trail with its infinite shades of green
- Walking the trails of early Native Americans and European explorers
- Superb wildlife viewing including deer, turkey, wild hogs, marsh rabbits, alligators, gopher tortoise and more!
- Birding - watch heron, egrets, ibis, eagles, crested caracaras, Florida scrub jay and Red-cockaded woodpecker and more!
- Rich, diverse environments - marsh, cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, longleaf and slash pine, cutthroat grass and Florida scrub
- Camping beneath the stars
Fisheating Creek WMA and surrounding area offers all this and more. We explore some of the best places to hike in South Florida so come and join the fun!
Florida Trail Association Sub-Chapter
Margaret England, Betty Loomis, Susan Etchey, Mary Rawl and our own Patty Register have been instrumental in creating a new proposed sub-chapter of the Florida Trail Association for Glades and Hendry counties. This new sub-chapter will focus on group hiking and maintaining walking, biking and canoeing trails in the Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area stretching from Palmdale to Lakeport in Glades County, as well as the OK Slough near Felda in Hendry County.
The sub-chapter had its inaugural hike on February 6, 2010 when twenty-one people assembled at the trailhead for the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail.
As of March 2010, the group is in startup mode and has not yet selected officers but we're working hard. We need your attendance to continue organizing ourselves to be an effective, fun and growing group. Email Patty Register for more information.
Local Hiking Trails
The Tree Swing Trail at Fisheating Creek Outpost:
This is a 2.0 mile hike through Fisheating Creek's cypress forest, beginning at The Hunter's Gate (west side of campground). There are four stops along the creek, eventually ending at the famous tree swing. This loop trail ends back at the starting point.
Download the map (JPG image)
Fort Center Interpretive Nature Trail, Fisheating Creek WMA:
The interpretive trail starts at the western edge of Lake Okeechobee from the new FWC office along SR 78 in Lakeport, Florida. Turn at Banana Grove Road into the Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area and follow the roadway to the office. According to Liz Sparks, Recreation Planner for FWC:
"The new trailhead has covered picnic pavilions, vault toilets and an observation deck overlooking the creek. We have new interpretive kiosk/rest benches along the way that inform visitors about the fascinating history of the creek. There are interpretive spots near the charnal pond and a mound, the birding is excellent over the marsh and along the open areas either side of the access road. I've frequently seen crested caracaras on the fence posts."
Read more about the hiking trail at Fort Center - with photos!
Other hiking routes posted soon.
Remember: Always wear protection from the elements and be prepared for mosquitoes. Depending upon the hiking trail selected you can be exposed to sun and inclement weather for long periods of time. Plan accordingly.