Explore the most popular paddle sports 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.

We love this trail! Smooth paddling up the canal but please use your judgement when entering Coot Bay it can be too choppy to enter in a small vessel such as a kayak or canoe. We saw gators and crocs, birds, gar fish and there IS the possibility of seeing manatees but over the four times we have gone we have not seen any. Quiet paddling will help if you are interested in seeing them.


The trail from flamingo to coot bay and returning (full there-and-back) was 6.4 miles. They quote less but we usd GPS device and mapping and find it impossible to be that significantly less mileage that they quote. On a windy day we made it there and back in 2 hours so if you are renting a kayak and plan on non-stop paddling you can make it. If you want to relax book the kayak for longer!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Perfect way to explore the Everglades National Park!

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Great canoe trail. We did the short cut and it took us about 4 hours. Trail is well marked although it could always be better. Not too much wildlife. Only a few birds and fish.

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Friday, February 06, 2015

The start of the trail is across an open lake. There is a lot of animal life so keep your hands in the boat. The trail narrows but is passible. It does open to the saw grass. I would suggest bringing a pole to use for propulsion. The trails is well marked with PVC pipe so there are no issues.

There are a few gator holes along the route also. Lots of birds and did see a couple of raccoon and lots of gators.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Monday, July 29, 2013