Halpatiokee Park

I was supposed to meet friends at Halpatiokee Park early this morning but they were really late. So I decided to explore the nature trails by foot. This park has plenty of biking trails and that’s usually how I explore the park. I love to bike, but this morning I was on foot and enjoyed a totally different perspective. 

Walking the trails early, there wasn’t the usual rush of people. A hawk flew over, landed in the ball field and began poking around at something. Since it was early, the sky was filled with all types of birds as they made their way to wherever they go. Have you noticed that birds leave early and return around dusk; they don’t have to work, so just where do they go? I guess anywhere they want:)

The nature trails wind through dense foliage and periodcally parallels the Lost River. Along the way, there are “unofficial” walkouts where you can access the river. Halpatiokee is Seminole for “Alligator Water” and I can personally vouch for alligators being in the water so don’t plan on jumping in. Early morning, the water is perfectly smooth and provides mirror like reflections of the overhanging trees and foliage on the adjacent bank.

One of the walkouts was just too good to resist so I sat for a bit and it was so peaceful! Being out in nature is a great way to clear the mind of useless clutter.

After some time, I continued on the nature trail which then connected to the main paved trail around the park. Since there weren’t many people around, it was a great time to just stroll, take some pictures and relax.

DSC_0442In addition to nature trails, there are mountain biking trails for all levels, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball fields, and picnic areas. It’s a great place to have some fun on your own or with a group.

More information here:

http://www.martin.fl.us/web_docs/prd/web/docs/xx_halpatiokee_info

0 Replies to “Halpatiokee Park”

  1. How long would it take to walk the trail? Time wise and distance? Ive read about it being 3 miles and ive read about it being 7…

    Thanks

    1. I know this will sound odd, but the distance varies. If you follow the paved trail around the park which also has connections to the dirt nature paths, it’s probably around a couple of miles.
      If you take a walk down the Fla. Trail, which is a hiking trail that goes into the deeper reaches of the park, you can get into some longer distances. I’m not sure how far it goes, but I know the mountain bike trails go pretty far back.
      When you enter the park, come through the round a bout, take a right and park near the ball fields. Here you’ll find the paved path which you can easily walk around and then decide if you’d like to explore further.
      Any more questions, please let me know.
      Thanks!

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