2017 Summer Wet Walks Begin in August
Friends of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is again hosting off the boardwalk wet walks on a trail that is closed to the public. The invigorating, beautiful path is immersed in the watery heart of the Slough. Group size limited to 16. A $10 donation to the Friends Education Fund is suggested. A reservation is required.
Email a reservation request to Charles O’Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org . Include the date and time requested and a phone number where you can be reached in case of a weather emergency affecting the walk. If you have to cancel a reservation, please let Charles know, as there is always a waiting list.
- Saturday, August 19, 26 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
- Saturday, September 9, 16, 30 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
- Saturday, October 7, 21 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Attire: long pants, secure shoes that won’t pull off (e.g., no Crocs, flip-flops, flimsy shoes,), and bring a change of clothing (changing rooms are available). Guests with improper shoes will not be allowed on the trail, per Parks and Recreation safety rules. You’ll be encountering many submerged roots and occasional cypress knees, so you’ll want to be protected. If you have trouble walking or have poor balance, skip the wet walk. The elevated wooden walkway is more easily negotiated. The wet walk trail is not for guests who need assistance, or have trouble with knees, ankles or balance.
Guests must be at least 10 years old because of the possible water depth.
We’ll be walking in fresh, clean rainwater, usually up to our waists. You will exit wet but not muddy, and we have a rinse off hose. Your clothing will later dry out and can be reused. Usually there’s no need for insect repellent because the slough water is constantly flowing and mosquitoes need stagnant water to breed. Rarely, there are a few mosquitoes that arrive from off site. This trail has been safely enjoyed for over 45 years by 10's of thousands of walkers. You will not have any problems with wildlife.
We meet under the parking lot pavilion. Waterproof cameras are best, and expect everything to get wet. I can store any electronic car keys safely in a dry, secure room. We will wait for fleeting lightning storms to pass but tropical storms or continuous harsh weather will cause a cancellation. Light rain is not a problem, and as you may know, Florida weather changes quickly.
Please allow time to visit the amazing Interpretive Center on site. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm. It has a wonderful display of photo contest winning images, a gift shop with unique treasures, and the interpretive exhibits are top quality. You’ll really enjoy the interactive displays.
Wet walk donations ($10 suggested) are used to sponsor summer camp scholarships, purchase educational supplies, fund student slough trips, and to support educational programs. If you feel that you want to donate more, please do. All donations are very appreciated and put to good use. A collection jar will be available