Water levels are normal to low along the Kissimmee River basin, meaning dry trail but some challenges in finding water sources. Pitcher pumps have been added at the two backcountry sites (Cowboy and Pine Island) inside the state park.
The new Micco section has opened north of US 98 at Micco Landing trailhead, replacing an 8.5-mile roadwalk with a new, scenic 11.3-mile section of trail with campsites (Micco Landing and Oak Creek) near both ends. Join Micco Landing Road at Oak Creek trailhead northbound for 2.5 miles to reach Starvation Slough trailhead. The roadwalk will remain blazed white as a high water alternate route when the Kissimmee River floods.
The trail remains closed between Lake Okeechobee and SR 70 due to ongoing construction on the dike. The segment is still fenced off at Scott Driver Park with no work-around except a long roadwalk around it through Okeechobee.
Last summer, rains tore a breach in the dike near the S-65A Lock north of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park. The breach cannot be repaired, so the trail has been permanently relocated. Hikers no longer cross Pine Island Slough at the deep point, and the relocation puts the FT along the park’s north boundary fence, which is now blazed. A new Pine Island Slough campsite has been established along the new route. Please see the map for this major change.