Explore the most popular Lake 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.

hiking
2 months ago

don't go off the trail unless you want to get swarmed by mosquitos

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

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

Trail was nice and alongside a canal, but the bugs were terrible. I would do it again, but definitely later in the year.

hiking
3 months ago

A short paced trail, but easy for kids.

hiking
3 months ago

The boardwalk was destroyed which was actually kinda cool, and the over grown vines were beautiful but the bugs were absolutely unbearable on this trail. I do NOT recommend going if you don’t do well with being literally attacked. I’ve done a ton of trails at this national park, but this by FAR has the worst set of bugs.

hiking
bugs
over grown
4 months ago

The bugs, especially the mosquitoes, made this a miserable hike. The lake is nice enough, and there is a clearing where you can look at the lake. We also got a brief respite from the mosquitoes there, but knowing that we had to turn around and trek through the bug infested trail to get back to the car detracted from our enjoyment. Overall we are glad we did it, but would never do it again.

Hurricane Irma destroyed most of the vegetation in September 2017. It's slowly growing back, starting with the vines and Bromeliads. A good view of the hurricane Eco cycle in the Everglades.

broken walkway impassable half way through.

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

6 months ago

Interesting trees. Enjoyed the short walk.

hiking
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.

walking
8 months ago

Very short and easy trail, not much to see.

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)

bird watching
8 months ago

Really beautiful! Stopped late at night, the boardwalk must have been damaged in a storm. It was blocked off, sadly no longer a loop but very beautiful to see the twisted gnarled ends of the boardwalk.

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.

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!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, January 22, 2018

This trail is very easy to walk. I did not see much wildlife but there were a lot of different trees, pines and ferns. There are also a lot of trees along the trail that have fallen due to the hurricane, but the trail has been cleared to allow people to hike it.

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!

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

fun, short walk.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Currently closed :(

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/

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