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The Everglades are the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. This mangrove ecosystem and marine estuary is home to 36 protected species, including the Florida panther, American crocodile, and West Indian manatee. Some areas have been drained and developed; restoration projects aim to restore the ecology. Some entrances are closed seasonally.

road biking
15 days ago

Decent views. Bring a bike or rent one there!

walking
1 month ago

This trail is currently closed.

This is a short walk on a paved trail, but there are some nice sights along the way. Bug spray is a must. No fewer than seven mosquitoes were buzzing around me at any time. Thanks to bug spray, I didn't get a single bite- but I shudder to think what would have happened without.
There are some informative plaques along the trail, so this is great for the curious tourist unfamiliar with south Florida's environment.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great flat road trail, best to go in the winter when you see more gators

Fun to see alligators in their natural habitat. We saw more gators here than other spots and pretty close to the boardwalk. Loved seeing the Spanish moss.

Fun to see alligators in their natural habitat.

hiking
3 months ago

walking
5 months ago

I have both walked and biked The 15 miles of Shark Valley. Don't exactly recommend doing it on foot unless you are well prepared with the right shoes etc. Don't be impulsive and wearing just any sneakers and without a real plan decide to do the trail (like me) because you will end up with blisters. As far as scenery goes, I find it pretty bland. You will get over the shock of the Gators eventually and it will all be the same expanse over and over: flat land, no curves. It's not particularly challenging (other than distance) so I am remised to call it a hike! As far as cycling goes, at least it's much safer than the South Florida roads, so I definitely recommend it for a getaway from suburbia/the city on a well-kept trail that is safely tucked away from rampant car drivers.

Hiked part of the Old Ingraham Highway trail on a beautiful warm and breezy afternoon. The scenery is lovely, marshes on either side of the trail. Heard some gators, but didn't see any. We started late in the day and didn't reach the campground at the end of the trail, but enjoyed the hike immensely.

on Gumbo Limbo Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Easy and informative!

on Anhinga Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Easy walk with lots of alligators and wildlife. A little crowded, but that was to be expected. Sad to see some of the people were throwing sticks at alligators and provoking wildlife.

walking
6 months ago

walking
6 months ago

Small trail around Eco Pond. If you like bird watching this is a great little trail to take at the southern tip of Florida.

walking
6 months ago

Short walking trail above the marshlands, easy to see pupfish and many local birds. Like many of the tourist trails in the National Park there are signs with lots of information.

walking
6 months ago

One of the easiest areas in the Everglades to get clear "close-up" views of alligators. Also a great area to see Tilapia bedding. An easy walking trail with some great information on the local flora and fauna.

walking
6 months ago

Interesting little trail with information about the local flora of the Everglades. Easy paved trail great for an introduction to the area.

birding
6 months ago

Very long trail, best done with bikes. Wildlife is abundant here, and bikes can be rented at visitor center. Be sure to stop at the observation tower at the halfway mark. Bring lots of water.

on Gumbo Limbo Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Nice shaded walk to get out of the sun, and read about some of the plants that grow there. Right next to the Anhinga trail.

on Anhinga Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Nice walk, you'll be able to see many different types of birds- large and small and alligators!