Hickory Hammock Management Area
U.S. Highway 98 between Lorida and Fort Basinger
Visitors can enjoy fishing, hiking, hunting, primitive camping, horseback riding, boating, and picnicking. An array of wildlife, including the occasional black bear and caracara, provide an opportunity for wildlife photography.
Phone: (800) 250-4200
I saw the kiosk on Google Earth, so I knew it was at the hiking trailhead, about half a mile west of where Hwy 98 crosses Istokpoga Canal. Do not pay attention to the Everglades Trail signs along the road, because they direct you to the boat ramp park along the canal, and not the hiking trailhead where the kiosk is. But the boat ramp park is worth a visit too, because there is a great interpretive display on the Kissimmee River, about the restoration that’s been done. And you will have to see the bat house as well!
The canal with the boat ramp connects Lake Istokpoga with the Kissimmee River. It was starting to rain, and I didn’t want to stick around Istokpoga when that happens—lake or canal! It goes back to an old Seminole legend, and I have learned to pay attention to those things! The hiking trail looks pretty!