This week, while camping on Sanibel Island, we decided to drive over to Hickey Creek Mitigation Park in Alva, Florida, to hike. Every time we stay on Sanibel Island we leave for one of the days to go hike somewhere new. Hickey Creek Mitigation Park was our hiking destination for this year. It was about an hour away. The hiking map shows that there are three trails at this park. We decided to do the red trail (1.8 miles) and the blue trail off of it (1 mile). What the map doesn't show you is that the red trail doesn't start until about .30 miles back. Therefore, your 2.8 mile hike ends up being more like around 3.4 miles when you are done. We are fine with that, but it's important for people to know that so they can calculate the distance and know how long the hike is, especially if they have children in two.
The trails are nice, clean, and easy to follow. You go through an open area, as well as a more shaded portion. The shaded portion near the end is more windy and up and downhill. We really enjoyed that. There are a few benches along the way, in case you want to stop and take a break.
Hickey Creek Mitigation Park has a restroom at the trailhead. They do charge $1 per hour, or $5 per day. You pay on the honor system when you arrive.
If you are in the area, this is a nice hike to take.