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The Florida Trail in DuPuis Management Area- 5 mile loop.

Located on route 76, six miles west of Beeline Hwy. (Rt.710), Indiantown.

DuPuis Reserve, located in Palm Beach County two miles from the shores of Lake Okeechobee represents a remnant of the northern portion of the Everglades and includes pine flatwoods, cypress swamps, wet prairies, and freshwater marshes. Owned by South Florida Water Management District; managed by the Florida Division of Forestry, DuPuis was once a working ranch for cattle and goats before the water management district acquired the land and restored many of the original wetlands. Our 5 mile hike will take place on dry land. The Florida Trail is presently part of a system of hiking trails that run through DuPuis. We will be hiking on the Florida Trail.

Seminole Indians used DuPuis as a refuge during the Seminole Indian War of 1835. Several early American Indian archaeological sites on DuPuis in date back to 500 B.C. These early sites have limited access.

Please bring at least 1 quart of water and snacks.

Hike Leader: Steve[masked]-2222. Bring 1 to 2 quarts of water. Lunch will take place about noon on picnic tables. I highly recommend bringing a snack, especially if you have a light breakfast. Also bring sun protection. This will be a wilderness hike meaning no amenities along the route- no water or restroom facilities (traditional off-trail separation. toilet paper available.) Hike begins at 9:45 AM.

Note If you carpool with anyone Please share the Gas and Tolls

Directions Florida Turnpike to Exit 107- Bee Line Highway (SR 710). The Bee Line Hwy. Exit off Fla. Turnpike is SunPass only. Make a right turn onto the Bee Line after exiting the Turnpike. Take Bee Line Hwy 25 miles to Route 76 at Indiantown. Go left (west) onto to Route 76, drive 6 miles to Gate 2 on the left. Enter Gate 2 and park your car. That is where we will meet and begin the hike. Note that you will first pass Gate 1, another entrance to the park. A GPS will cause you to get lost. Just follow the printed directions and go Gate 2. Call me if you get lost:[masked]-2222.

Carpooling available. Check postings.

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  • Dom C.

    The hikers were very friendly which made the time fly by. Weather perfect 60's a cool breeze dry and clear. Steve kept us from getting lost, no small feat. Thank You All for a great adventure.

    January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike. Thanks Steve.

    January 27, 2013

  • Dennis

    Great hike Steve and it was close to home for me. We had a friendly group of hikers and excellent weather.

    January 26, 2013

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