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Bear Island Biking & Camping
Bear Island Campground, Big Cypress National Preserve ( Who: Public Invited Activity Level: Moderate Skillset: Bike, Primitive Camping Details: Camping and/or off-road cycling. Drive or bicycle to Bear Island campground. Cyclists can leave their cars at SR-29 entrance to Big Cypress at GPS Coordinates 26°13'5.65"N,81°20'40.84"W and bike 6.1 miles to campground over a well-maintained access road. Campers need to drive 20 miles north from US 41 on Turner River Road over a dusty dirt road. The activity leader will deliver packs, tents, camping gear and food for bicyclists to campsite if delivered to him before the event. He will also deliver 2.0 gallons of water for each camper coming by bicycle. After arriving at campsite and setting up tents, cyclists can ride over off-road trails in the preserve. Campers who are non-cyclists can walk around the area and enjoy the scenery. Camping fee is $10.00. Cash only. Please bring exact change. What to Bring: Off-road or hybrid bicycle, camping gear, food, water, sunscreen and insect repellent also see What to Bring ( An RSVP is required for participation in all Alligator Amblers' activities. An RSVP ensures that there is space available for you. Those who have not responded will be turned away from the activity. Alligator ( Amblers ( ~ Florida Trail Association ( ~ Amblers on Meetup (

Bear Island

Big Cypress National Preserve · Ochopee, FL

Respond by: 4/14/2018

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The Alligator Amblers Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA) ( serves Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties and provides local hikers with numerous opportunities to participate in outdoor activities such as backpacking, biking, camping, hiking, paddling and trail maintenance.

Our parent organization the FTA is dedicated to building and maintaining the 1300 mile Florida National Scenic Trail streching from the Big Cypress Swamp, around Lake Okeechobee, through Ocala, Osceola and Apalachicola National Forests to Fort Pickens on Pensacola Beach. The Alligator Amblers assist in this mission by supporting and maintaing an eight mile portion of the Florida Trail south of I-75 in Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve as well as the 6.5 mile loop trail at Collier-Seminole State Park.

Also the Alligator Amblers has assisted in building and maintaining trails in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park in Collier County as well as Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park and Prairie Pines Preserve in Lee County among others.

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We meet monthly on the third Thursday of each month (except July and August). Check the Meetup site for specifics regarding location and time. You are welcome to join us! Most of our meetings feature educational and entertaining speakers. Come early to socialize.

Each month there is a presentation on an outdoor related topic, followed by a discussion of upcoming activities and trail related events.


Activities are scheduled throughout the year, more are planned during the cooler months. These outdoor events include day hikes, multi-day backpacking trips, car camping, trail maintenance, plus both day and overnight paddling and biking events. The public is welcome to all monthly meetings and many activities. Some activities must limit the number of persons or tents due to ecological, space or other factors. A few activities may only be available to FTA members to help the trip leader insure that all are capable of safely participating. These few activities may be more difficult or strenuous or more remotely located than most.

Read each activity notice carefully. Realize that our activities are governed by the rules set forth by the FTA and are typically less casual than your typical Meetup event. An RSVP is required for participation in all Alligator Amblers' activities. An RSVP ensures that there is space available for you. Those who have not responded will be turned away from the activity

Fisheating Creek Sub-chapter

In the summer of 2010, we started sponsoring a new Sub-Chapter. The Fisheating Creek (FEC) Sub-Chapter will serve Glades and Hendry Counties focusing on the Moore Haven, LaBelle and Clewiston area near Lake Okeechobee. Activities for FEC Sub-Chapter will be listed on this and other Alligator Ambler internet locations. Of course, both chapters welcome all newcomers and other members.

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