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Okeechobee North

Length: 33.1 miles (linear)
Hikers on the dike

Enjoy scenic views of the lake and adjacent agricultural lands from the Herbert Hoover Dike. Trailer parks, campgrounds, and other businesses catering to tourists are also visible from the trail. The dike, together with the pumping station and navigational lock at Taylor Creek, are examples of the extensive flood control works that have been constructed to protect the surrounding lands and development.

Most of this segment of the trail is located on dikes along the east side of the Kissimmee River and Lake Okeechobee. Sandhill cranes and a variety of wading birds can often be seen feeding in pastures to the east of the levee along the river. There is a grove of Indian rosewood trees along this stretch of trail. Structure S-65E represents one of six lock and spillway structures constructed along the Kissimmee River in the 1960’s (several are scheduled for removal as part of the Kissimmee River Restoration Project). Hikers passing by are sometimes able to watch boats being locked through the structure.

Much of the Lake Okeechobee trail is closed for renovation of large sections of the Herbert Hoover Dike. Please refer to our Trail Closures and Notices webpage for updates and reroutes.