Explore the most popular Forest trails in Everglades National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful drive through the park. Lots of great views. Best done in the winter, very muggy during the summer.

have done this trail a couple of times and had an adventure each time. You will want to invest in some rubber boots for the muddy and marshy areas. The beach is a nice natural untouched by human influence beach florida beach

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muddy
3 months ago

Really cool experience! It’s like you walked into another world.

A nice short walk around the pond. Wading birds typically hang out here and nest in late winter. The path is elevated, well mown grass making it easy to traverse in all seasons.

Drove through in February. Flat and brown but still enjoyed it. Saw egrets and some flowers.

6 months ago

Went in late February at dusk. Saw spoonbills and a stork. Only place we really encountered mosquitos. Pretty walk.

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7 months ago

Not easy...and not the worest..plenty of mosquitoes. Did this about 10am 2/4...temp was about 75ish.....some mud in places about ankle deep..a few places had trees down so I had to crawl over or under...pushed through to Snake Bite trail which was well maintained and dry.... I cursed on some parts of the trail...got the Everglades experience...

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bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
7 months ago

So , first off if your reading this and considering this trail ... don’t . This trail is extremely difficult to complete . First 1/4 mile is infested with mosquitoes, once you pass that you wade through swamp and muck that has snakes ( we saw a few ) and spiders, then you come up upon a huge fallen tree, well multiple that you have to climb over ( one we had to climb up 10 ft into the canopy vs wading in the snake infested swamp below . After that the trail disappears , at that point you don’t want to turn back because your past halfway so you trudge on taking the paths of least resistance . We only had an idea that we were on the right path because we saw an occasional boot print , there are no trail markers anywhere so it is very very easy to get lost and end up off trail . On top of that there are tons of throned vines so my legs look like a cat scratch post . Overall do not recomendable trail is dangerous , they should honestly take the sign for it down , only a matter of time before people end up very hurt .

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7 months ago

January 2019 We did this hike as an overnight to Clubhouse Beach. The first two miles of the trail are good footing with a fairly wide trail, with a few spots that were muddy. The trail through the buttonwoods was narrow and muddy in many places, do not wear shorts for this trail, the grasses are tough and sharp. The last 1 1/2 miles of this 6 mile trail was mostly under water, expect to get wet and muddy. The turnoff for the beach is as described, two sticks, one with a red flag and one with a green bandana. It is a short distance to the beach but you will need to wade through a salt marsh to get there. When we hiked, there had been a full moon causing a high high tide, and a south wind pushing water in from Florida Bay. Even so, a ranger we talked to said the marsh hasn’t dried up in years. The beach was narrow at high tide but with several good places to pitch a tent and if the tide doesn’t ever get much higher than what we saw, plenty of room. At low tide, the water receded to some mud flats, the sand part of the beach is quite narrow. Because of the mud, this isn’t a place you’d likely want to swim. We saw lizards, crabs, and birds, including osprey and northern harriers as well as the typical wading birds. Overall, we found this hike not worth the effort and the mud and wouldn’t do it again. Don’t forget mosquito repellent, they are as expected in the Everglades.

Went in January when the mosquitos weren't that bad, nice breeze on a sunny day. There's a few short trails that makes the drive even more interesting, you'll see gators, birds, fish, turtles, and more.

The sign is gone at end of trail telling you when to cut in to beach,it's marked with two sticks with red and green cloth. To make it to beach you actually have to cross a little marsh. Camped at beach in 50 degree weather with a nice breeze, so no mosquitoes. Lots of shells on beach. Definitely doing it again. (Trail map at park doesn't reflect map shown on this app)

The beginning of this trail was nice. It would through some trees, then to some flat unshaded area. Then, you hit the brush; it gets progressively more overgrown and very slow to move through. We planned a day hike but ended up quitting when we realized would only make it to the beach in time to turn around. The first bit was enjoyable and it was cool to see an unfamiliar landscape. It might be a more worth-it hike if backpacking to camp on the beach or if we had started earlier. If you do this hike, plan plenty of extra time. We usually move at 3mph but found ourselves only 2.5 miles in after an hour and a half of hiking.

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9 months ago

I don't recommend this trail at this time (Dec 12, 2018). We tried it yesterday and gave up and turned back at about the two mile mark. The trail is badly overgrown and has many blow downs, ( about every hundred feet) from hurricane Irma that you have to go around, crawl under or climb over. There are some places when you go around, it would be easy to get lost since the trail is so over grown. The trail ground cover is some sort of vine type vegetation that has twine like roots right at shoe height that constantly tangle your feet and create a tripping hazard.. Along with all this there are many wet and slipper spots If you want a real challenge, go for it !

I hiked this trail yesterday, Nov 28th. It may be rated as easy, but it definitely is not at this time! Most the "trail" is in ankle to knee deep water. It is hard to find where to go in many parts. Once you reach the beach it is amazing! Shells everywhere and mostly untouched beach as it is so secluded. Definitely worth the trip if you are adventurous!

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10 months ago

The trail is essentially impassable during the wet season. After trying to slog through more of a river than a trail, I turned back. I’ve hiked this during the dry season and it’s a great hike. But not a wet season destination.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

I walked this trail last Fall right before hurricane Irma hit. It was gorgeous ... loads of birds, butterflies, and dragonflies. Lots of mosquitoes too, so go heavy on the insect repellent. It is a nice path that follows the coast, and the path is clear and easy to follow.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Rating must be changed to difficult. Lots and lots of downed trees, swampy at many places. If it's not cleared up quickly this trail is going to disappear soon. Mar 2018 review.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Hiked to the beach March 27 18. It was a windy day so only mosquito issues were in the wooded parts. Fresh panther scat on the trail and had a run in with one rattle snake and another snake so keep your eyes open! last section to get to the beach was about 6 - 8 inch deep marshy water so wear your boots. Sticks shoved in the mud mark the way! Good fun trail made it out and back in about 5 hours and the beach is neat, loaded with shells!

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Thursday, April 05, 2018

In April 2018 still very difficult to do a lots of trees across the main trail. I goo in a dry time (1-2 weeks no rain) and the swamp was almost dry. See some birds and a lot of fresh turkey foot print. Was very enjoyable walking beside the downs tree. Doing this trail + Snake bight trail and returning on the road to the starting point will be almost s 8 miles of fun ( at least the 5 first miles the las 3 is just road walk) Must watch for the tides I go in a low tide (my mistake) and was very disappointed I will go again in high tide to see the inlet for good.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

As of March 2018, this trail is very difficult to traverse. Five miles of climbing under, over and through fallen trees is no silly hike. There are a million trees fallen across the trail and going around them is not always possible. Attempt only if you have swamp boots or high waterproof boots, at the first bend you'll need to cross some pretty swampy area.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

This is a great hike. My 11 year old son and I did it...out one day, return back the next. Note that the wooden NPS "Clubhouse Beach" sign marker, which used to be on the prairie behind the beach, was swept away (I presume) by Hurricane Irma. You can see a great deal of storm debris lodged up against the scrub treeline on the north side of the prairie.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

I bought a bottle of Ben’s 99% and put it on before this hike. It was in March, so still the dry season, but I had a cloud of mosquitoes hovering about 6-8 inches from my face for much of the way. If you’re at Flamingo and need a long hike, this is it. But it’s not terribly inspiring. One amazing surprise: we saw a Florida panther cross the trail.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

There are very few bugs today as it is in the 60s. The trail is a bit muddy but fun seeing all the animal tracks. We did some trail maintenance since hurricane Irma felled some trees. We stopped about halfway out to Clubhouse Beach because we didn’t feel like clearing more branches but will come back soon to backpack out and camp overnight. As for wildlife, we saw swarms of a dark blue bird with white breast (gonna say tree swallows), a tricolor heron in the distance chasing fish, dozens of great egrets squawking in a distant pond, buzzards overhead and we heard an osprey. Crabs, spiders and dragonflies too! It’s a great way to start the New Year! p..s.This trail is near Flamingo, NOT Ochopee!

For $25.00, you get all the mosquitos you want and if you go in the morning after it rain you have a better chance of seeing the wild life.

camping
Friday, July 14, 2017

I hiked this trail to the very end, and LOVED it. We camped overnight as well. Easily one of the most unique trails on the continent. Photos here: http://www.welovetoexplore.com/hiking-camping-on-the-coastal-prairie-trail-in-everglades-national-park/

great, bring mosquito spray. also good and drink, nothing till flamingo

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