Bear Lake Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Monroe County, Florida. It is within Everglades National Park. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 5 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 15 feet.
Bear Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Whether you drive or walk the Bear Lake access road, you’ll parallel the Homestead Canal, which was dredged to create a channel from Flamingo to Coot Bay. The limestone pulled out of the ground to make the waterway became the roadbed for Bear Lake Road. The canal is used today by paddlers and tour boats as well as those adventurous souls wanting to paddle the 100-mile long Wilderness Waterway, camping in Seminole-style chickees and rare dry ground along the route. Paddling the Wilderness Waterway is probably the single greatest adventure you can make in Florida since you have to be totally self-sufficient for at least a week."
--M. Timothy O'Keefe, Hiking South Florida and the Keys (Falcon Guides).
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