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walking
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Great trail. You have the option of going through the longer, winding trail that offers more landscape views or the shorter, straight trail that offers more chances of seeing wildlife.

road biking
2 months ago

Best on a crisp cool sunny winter day!

mountain biking
3 months ago

Close to my new home, but I’m definitely sticking with Virginia Key.

hiking
3 months ago

As a mountain bike trail, this is excellent, definitely 5 stars. For hiking, it’s really meant for biking so at times it feels redundant walking in loops. There isn’t a lot of shade so I would go as early as possible to avoid the midday heat. I did see a few folks on bikes and I moved to the side to allow them to pass. Everyone biking the trail was really friendly and didn’t mind me there but I was definitely the only hiker. This says 4 miles, I don’t think that’s accurate. I walked the entire loop and even some side paths in 50 minutes. There are some gorgeous views of the water and city that you catch through breaks in the brush. Most importantly, DO NOT forget bug spray.

paddle sports
3 months ago

A great experience and recommended highly for reasonably fit paddlers with at least a moderate level of experience, including kayak camping. Research it well-once you start, there is no civilization until the end. No crossroads, no stores, no ranger stations, nothing but the Chickees and ground sites that you will be camping on. It may be accessible all year round but unless you are fond of paddling in full mosquito/no-see-um gear you don't want to except in the dead of winter (January and maybe the first half of Feb.). Also you are required to declare your campsites in advance and stick to them. They take commando camping very seriously here. It's not like a forest trail where, if things don't work out, you can just move off the trail and camp. You can't do that here-trust me-and if too many people show up at a Chickee it can be a serious problem. I strongly recommend paddle camping overnight in the area at least once before you start the trail and be prepared for some gymnastics getting on and off the Chickees. When I went there were a couple that still didn't have ladders. The park service has tons of good info online-read it. If you go in winter, after a couple of good cold fronts have dropped the mosquitos to a more tolerable level you will see other folks on the waterway, we never had a day when we didn't. If you don't have good navigational skills and/or a good nav app & GPS I would fore-go "The Nightmare" and take the coastal detour but we did it and I thought it was one of the highlights of the trip. Again, it was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it to any serious paddler.

road biking
3 months ago

Flat with no shade the whole way. Get's pretty hot in the summer- bring lots of water. Doe this a number of times with family (kids as young as 5, but that was difficult for them). Great views of the everglades- especially from the fire tower. There is a restroom at both ends of this out and back trail.

Winter is the best time to go due to less bugs and lower heat. Path is a narrow asphalt one-lane road with primarily cyclists. Caution: there is a tram that shuttles people from the parking lot at the visitors' station to the fire tower- they get the right-of-way. Not really an issue until dusk- when the alligators come onto the trail to warm up and you have to go to the side for the tram to pass ;)

mountain biking
3 months ago

Great ride. I parked a little further down the road and biked to gatorhook trail head and back. I didn't see any other bikers. There were some cars doing the scenic drive so be prepared for some dust. Overall very pleasant with lots a vegetation, birding and Gators.

I only hiked 2.5 miles before turning back. When you start the grass is extremely high and only room for one person, so you aren’t sure what could be there so we took it slow. The water was about a foot high in some parts, but not too bad.

It's pretty but it's more a boardwalk than a trail. That made it disappointing.

4 months ago

Beautiful!!

road biking
4 months ago

Great 15 mile loop for exercise and seeing gators up close during the cooler months. They rent bikes for $9 an hour. If you get there before 2 pm there is no wait for a bike. State park that gives you 7 day entrance with one time payment. Park on the side of the street to save time and money!

There are actually a whole lot of trails here that aren't listed in this app. The trail I was able to walk was very unique and fun. It was also a mountain biking trail so it had drops, steep-ish climbs (occasionally) and mini boardwalks. I don't think you'll be disappointed!

road biking
5 months ago

We had a fun time on the trail. There were plenty of alligators right next to the trail. Be careful with the kids. The watch tower was great. It was impressive seeing hundreds of birds all nesting in the same area. Entrance was a little steep $25 per car but it's good for a whole week.

road biking
5 months ago

Decent. I would recommend at least to go one time. It’s a good escape, keep in mind the trail takes around 2 hours to complete so be prepared. Bugs are usually around August-September.

Great trail system and very well maintained by the VKBC. Love coming out here on the weekends and take in the views by the bay.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Fun trail system in the heart of Hialeah.

hiking
5 months ago

Is this place good for Hiking?

mountain biking
7 months ago

Work in progress.....VK used to be so much fun but unfortunately after the hurricane the trail was wiped out!!! Volunteers are doing a great job recovering and adding more trails.
We still visit whenever we can.

If you take the loop counter-clock-wise from the visitor center, just know that the second half after the tower will have a lot less to see (at least in mid-February when I was there). That doesn't mean it's not worth it, but just know that going in. I did see juvenile alligators on the last half, so that made it worth it. This was an awesome place for seeing alligators and birds. And the bike ride was a nice change from walking/hiking.

Excellent mtb track

mountain biking
8 months ago

nice place

hiking
9 months ago

I give this trail a 5 for the uniqueness of it. Start on the right side and enjoy all the gators. I saw 77 on the day. They say to stay 15 feet away which is impossible. You will be within 5 feet. The tower was kind of 3/5 but interesting to see over the glades. Irmas caused some Serious destruction out there and bathrooms are currently closed although there is still drinking water.

There are mike markers every mile but the whole trail is on pavement shared with cyclists. Great to run/walk but if you’re planning to do the whole thing I would recommend cycling.

I’ve been trail running every Saturday morning at VK for past 8 years; just love having this playground in my own backyard!

mountain biking
10 months ago

Check out this YouTube video:
https://youtu.be/ctesq4nDvv4

on Virginia Key Trail

walking
10 months ago

Beautiful sunrise! But I think the trails need more signage.

10 months ago

Great scenic road to photograph birds and gators.

It’s amazing place... I love it.

road biking
10 months ago

As Michael says: First half of the loop (right side) has a lot of animals (gators, birds, turtles). More than I have seen anywhere else in the park other than at Anhinga Trail at sun set - but 2nd half is just landscape and no animals except a heron or two.
Nevertheless a great trip!

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