Florida Trail Association - Loxahatchee Chapter
Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail
Notice to users of the Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail
Construction on and near the trail.
The South Florida Water Management District is about to begin repair and or replacement of the two dams across the Loxahatchee River. This will impact our trail from the Lainhart Cabin north of Indian Town Road to BZ Creek. They will be developing a construction work area near Lainhart Cabin east of the trail. During that time, there may be substantial truck traffic crossing the trail. In addition, they will be improving the roadway north of Lainhart cabin along the back side of private property, This area is directly on the hiking trail. Initial feedback indicates they plan to keep the trail open but as a minimum users need to be alert to vehicle traffic in the coming months. We don't have an exact start date but are told construction is imminent.
The Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail
Maintaining, developing, promoting, and improving the Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail (OTLHT) is one of the responsibilities of the Loxahatchee Chapter. The trail runs for approximately 63 miles, west from Hobe Sound Beach to Lake Okeechobee where it ends at the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) trailhead, which is approximately two and a half miles south of Port Mayaca. The trail starts at the ocean, entering Jonathan Dickinson State Park at US 1, traveling through the park, Palm Beach County Natural Areas, Corbett Wildlife Management Area and Dupuis Management Area, and ends at the lake. The ecosystems on this beautiful trail change approximately every mile, from ancient sand dunes with scrub oak and sand pine to pine flat woods, palmetto and oak hammocks, cypress swamp and wet prairies. A map is available through the main FTA office or FTA online store. Click here to download PDF of the OTLHT data sheet.
A number of annual hiking and running events use this continous trail. Except for short segments, routed on sidewalks, roads or canal banks, the trail is for foot traffic only. There are a number of access points to the trail but none are recommended for overnight parking. The access points include: the parking lot at Hobe Sound Beach, Highway US 1 at NE corner of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, several points inside Jonathan Dickinson (these require hiking on other trails to connect with the OTLHT), the parking lot at River Bend Park, the crossing with Beeline highway near Palm Beach County airport, the south entrance to Corbett Wildlife Management Area, and the LOST trailhead at Lake Okeechobee.
Sections of the trail may be closed for hunting, prescribed fire burns, agency maintenance, and possibly other reasons. Some sections are open only for specific times or daylight hours and some do not permit overnight camping or open fires. There are fees for access to Jonathan Dickinson State Park and the Corbett Wildlife Management Area. Please contact the appropriate agencies to make sure their section of the trail is open to the public. Click here for a pdf list of the contacts for the different areas of the trail.