Notice: Sections of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail are closed while the Army Corps of Engineers conducts Herbert Hoover Dike maintenance and rehabilitation. Please see the Army Corps of Engineers website for the latest updates on the project. The Corps does not anticipate opening some of these sections of the trail until 2019.
The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail—which also goes by the unfortunately named acronym LOST—is a designated segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail. LOST circles the lake of its namesake, the second largest freshwater lake in the contiguous United States.
The trail sits atop the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding the lake and built for flood protection. For this reason, the trail offers a grand vantage point to view everything from the scenic lake to agricultural landscapes. The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail also offers a glimpse into agriculture communities of Clewiston, Belle Glade and others, which have relied so heavily on Lake Okeechobee for their livelihoods.
As you explore the trail, watch for wildlife, particularly in fall and winter when birds such as herons, egrets and a variety of wintering waterfowl are abundant. Anglers might also like to drop a line and see what they can catch below the waters.
The trail has several on-road portions; the lengthy ones are between Moore Haven and Buckhead Ridge and between Port Mayaca and Pahokee. Much shorter on-road segments are found in Clewiston and Taylor Creek.