Florida National Scenic Trail
Basinger Section

How to Get There:

To get to the Basinger trailhead, drive west of Okeechobee toward Sebring on US98. Just after crossing the Kissimmee River and just after the long bend in the road, look for an opening in the fence leading into a parking area with a kiosk explaining the terrain, flora and fauna of the area. Pull in to park, pass through the pedestrian gate and follow the blue blazed trail for about 0.2 of a mile until it intersects the orange blazed FNST. Refer to the map:

Map generated by: © 2003 DeLorme (www.delorme.com) Street Atlas USA®


The Basinger trail is about 1.5 miles long, but, it does have a primitive campsite that is located close to the Kissimmee River. The trail passes small lakes and winds through hammocks of oak as well as pine flatwoods. From the parking area, you intersect the Basinger trail section approximately at its midpoint. You can hike to the south to the fence crossing at US 98 near the Kissimmee River or to the north where you once again intersect US 98 for the long road walk to Hickory Hammock