The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trailwhich also goes by the unfortunately named acronym LOSTis 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.
Parking and Trail Access
Heed the thorn warnig
Beautiful day at the Lake and looking forward to a nice long ride. Started at the dyke riding south, 2.5mi into my ride flat tires. I had picked up 72 thorns as I counted later. Needless to say it is difficult to ride with more than one flat tire and ...
Perfect for a Florida Winter Bike Ride
I'm a casual cyclist, not interested in racking up miles, but love cycling as a way to enjoy nature and exit from the rat race.
Used Clewiston as a base (cute little town, with decent hotels and restaurants) and cycled north. We also drove north of ...
Planning a cycle trip on Lake Okeechobee
Have been wanting to cycle around Lake Okeechobee (or at least a portion of it) for some time now. There is not much information on the current status of the Okeechobee dike fix construction work, which seems to have got in the way of some cyclists in ...