The entrance for the High Marsh Trail opens into an area characterized by Black Needlerush. Hikers are cautioned to protect their legs in this area as the Needlerush have sharp tips.

The best times to visit the high marsh trail are November through May. Once the summer rainy season begins, hikers should be prepared for muddy conditions, standing water and insects.

Rice rats and marsh rabbits create a maze of trails throughout the marsh grasses. Bobcats, Northern Harriers, Red-Shouldered Hawks and other predators feed on these small mammals. Watch for bobcat scat along the trail. Tufts of rabbit hair are twisted in the gray scat.

Entrance with standing water in July once rainy season has begun.

Florida’s largest fern, the Leatherleaf, is taller than most people. These botanical giants are scattered throughout the marsh