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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days More »

Corn Dance Unit Designated Trails

Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days in an effort to resolve a lawsuit brought against the NPS related to the process in which the secondary trails were selected and analyzed for inclusion into the designated trail network.

The secondary trails are being analyzed in an environmental review currently being undertaken by the NPS. This current review effort will more clearly identify suitable trails that may be included within the designated trail network. Information on this review process can be found here.

The Corn Dance Unit has approximately 65 miles of designated primary trails.

The Corn Dance Unit allows for off-road vehicle access by permitted swamp buggies and all-terrain vehicles. Dispersed camping is allowed within the unit. You may drive your off-road vehicle to a location along a designated trail nearest the camping spot you prefer, park your off-road vehicle along the shoulder of the trail, in such a manner that does not impede travel by others, and carry your camping equipment to the site.

To view the designated primary trails within the Corn Dance Unit click here. Map effective 08/01/2014.

Click here for a list of all trails in the unit that provides start and end point coordinates, trail length, destination and whether trail is open or closed.

Click here for a Google Earth file (.kml), or here for a .gdb file compatible with Garmin GPS units, of trails and facilities in the Corn Dance and Turner River Units of the Preserve.

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