The Rafael E. Sanchez Trail


On the southeast side of Lake Okeechobee, across the highway from the Port Mayaca Recreation area on US 441, 2.3 miles south of the Chauncey Bay boat launch is the last vestige of the ancient lake shore ridge. Along this shoreline, which now is separated from Lake Okeechobee by the Herbert Hoover Dike, lies the Rafael Sanchez Trail, in the 250 acre Lake Okeechobee Ridge Park.

This land was donated by the Sanchez family, Sugar Cane farmers, to help preserve this piece of the old Lake for future generations. The trail winds for approximately 6 miles through a thin strip of coastal Hardwood hammock, filled with Cypress trees, Cabbage palms and old large Cedar trees. The land is lush and filled with native plants and animals, an inland island between the lake and highway on the west, and fields on the east. There are 2 trail heads, one across from Port Mayaca and one 6 miles to the north.

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