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Florida Trail Association - Loxahatchee Chapter
Big "O" Hike

Started in 1992 by the Loxahatchee Chapter, this hike is comprised of several day hikes, walking on trails around Lake Okeechobee, and afternoon/evenings camping at full service campgrounds or in local motels with a high emphasis on good times.

The 26th annual Big “O” hike will be held from November 19 to November 24, 2017.  We will start hiking Nov. 19 from Port Mayaca at 8:00 a.m. There will be six days of hiking around or near Lake Okeechobee. Camping and afternoon activities will be centered at the KOA Kampground in Okeechobee, FL with shared daily transportation from the campgrounds to the beginning of each day’s hike. Please, no pets on the hikes.

The first 25 Big “O”s included approximately 73,500 miles of individual hiking,  great friendships, fabulous afternoons in relaxing camaraderie, some sunburn, chattering teeth,  and more than a few blisters.  Make your plans now to help us celebrate our 26th anniversary Thanksgiving week, November 19-24, 2017, with hikes on the dikes. 

On Sunday, Nov. 19th the "Wimp Walk" on the neighboring Rafael Sanchez trail, also starting at 8:00 a.m., will be held. There will be NO charge or no registration form needed for this walk (You will be asked to sign a standard release onsite).

Route for 2017: Day one will begin at Port Mayaca, the yellow track and end at J&S Fish Camp. Day 2 will begin at Nubbin Slough, the purple track and end at J&S Fish Camp. Day 3 will between Rardin Park, orange track, and Canal Point (direction to be determined). Day 4 from Lake Port, red track, to Indian Prairie. Day 5 from KOA Kampgrounds, blue track, to Okeetantee and return. Day 6 from Indian Prairie, green track to Okeetantie. Hope to see you all at Port Mayaca on the 19th at 8:00 am. The alternative wimp walk is available on day one with the traditional walk in the woods along the Sanchez trail.

Click here for the 26th annual Big "O" Registration Form.
Click here for the Big "O" prep list

If you have further questions, email Roy Moore (shotgun.mgc -at -

Dike at Port Mayaca

Here's a video of highlights from the 2015 Big "O" hike.