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Best Trails in Everglades National Park

103 reviews

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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.

on Anhinga Trail
4 days ago

walking

This trail is currently closed.

on Gumbo Limbo Trail
16 days ago

hiking

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.

on Shark Valley Trail
1 month ago

mountain biking

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

on Pa-Hay-Okee Overlook Trai...
1 month ago

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.

on Everglades National Park
1 month ago

Fun to see alligators in their natural habitat.

on Shark Valley Trail
2 months ago

hiking

on Shark Valley Trail
4 months ago

walking

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.

on Royal Palm Hammock: Anhin...
4 months ago

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
4 months ago

hiking

Easy and informative!

on Anhinga Trail
4 months ago

hiking

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.

on Shark Valley Trail
5 months ago

walking

on Eco Pond Trail
5 months ago

walking

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

on Pahayokee Overlook Trail
5 months ago

walking

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.

on Anhinga Trail
5 months ago

walking

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.

on Gumbo Limbo Trail
5 months ago

walking

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

on Shark Valley Trail
5 months ago

birding

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
6 months ago

hiking

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
6 months ago

hiking

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

on Shark Valley Trail
7 months ago

road biking

Enjoyed this trail a lot. I went in a group for a full moon ride in late January. We arrived around 5 pm. Temperatures were mid 50's at that point when we began. The best part of this ride was when the sun was setting on one end of the trail, while the moon was rising on the other. The sky was dimly lit and we all stopped to enjoy the view and take pictures. On the ride back it was almost pitch black. We used flash lights to guide the path, while the temperatures had dropped to high 40's. I'm excited to do this trail again before the hot Miami weather returns, but next time during the day.