Anhinga Trail

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Anhinga Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Homestead, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 0 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching

partially paved


wild flowers


no dogs

Directions from Homestead, FL: Located four miles west of the main entrance station (Main Park Road) at the Royal Palm Visitor Center.

1 month ago

saw lots of grasshoppers, couple of gators, turtles, birds and fish. nice short walk, dragonflies made quick work of the mosquitos.

no shade
2 months ago

A good trail for kids, since it is completely paved. Not my type of hiking trail, but isn’t bad for tourists.

3 months ago

Great walk through a boardwalk with tons of wildlife. We saw lots of gators, birds, fish, huge grasshoppers, and turtles. Look closely in the lillypads and you may see the anhinga bird swimming under water, looking for food. Wear sunscreen and bug spray. Well worth your time!

3 months ago

You will not be disappointed. This trail is full of wildlife. A must see.

3 months ago

Short and easy, beautiful hike. You will see A LOT of wildlife. There's plenty of alligators, crickets, turtles, fish and of course Anhinga's as the name suggests! We went during sundown and the scenery was priceless.

6 months ago

Paved and boardwalk. Lots of flowers and animals. Went in late February and saw several baby gators and a nest with anhinga chicks.

7 months ago

This is a perfect trail to view wildlife. Very easy & beautiful boardwalk.

8 months ago

This was a nice scenic trail- saw some gators, birds, turtles, and fish.

9 months ago

This is one of the coolest trails I have been ever been on simply because of the wildlife. Alligators, turtles, fish, birds… Everything. It is amazing even for a short trail.

9 months ago

I wouldn't call this a hike because the short trail is either paved of over a boardwalk the entire time, but it's AMAZING nonetheless. I must have seen at least 25 or 30 alligators. Several of them were only a dozen or so feet away from the trail with nothing separating me from them besides a stretch of swampy grass. We saw a lot of different birds and ducks as well. The views of the unique landscape are beautiful, but the wild alligators are the main attraction.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

What a perfect little synopsis of the Everglades - lizards, gators, and a stunning variety of birds and plantlife. The boardwalk is very well thought out and beautifully built. There is also a neighboring trail loop to the west that offers a taste of the hammock ecosystems there. A great option for your first or only day in the Everglades.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

This was an easy hike with so much to see! There were lots of alligators, turtles, and so many birds! There were plenty of Anhinga, of course, but we also saw great blue herons, egrets, and many more. VERY beautiful!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Great wildlife!

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

A LOT of people there but the visitor center is nice and it is a beautiful trail with an abundance of wildlife!!! Birds, crocs, fish, everything you would want to see. Flat, paved and boardwalk.

Monday, January 22, 2018

This is a very well maintained kid friendly trail the whole trail is either paved or transitioned into a very well maintained broadwalk. There are public restrooms at the beginning of the trail. Saw lots of animals, alligators, turtles, double crested cormorants, great blue herons, great egrets, and purple gallinules. I didn’t see any aninghas to my surprise.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Saw 3 alligators all under 5. Saw several birds, easy paved trail.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

One of the few options available with parts of the Everglades still closed after the hurricane. Nothing too exciting here.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Lots of wildlife!!

Monday, November 06, 2017

Nice boardwalk trail in the heart of Everglades. Quiet, Peaceful, Good for birdwatching.

bird watching
Monday, November 06, 2017

Short trail, can finish it in 40 mins, even at a leisurely stroll while stopping several times to bird watch.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Small but wildlife is amazing

Friday, March 31, 2017

Wow! Great to see so many alligators in their natural habitat. Easy walk on planked trail,

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Boardwalk trail, easy for all abilities with a high chance of seeing alligators, turtles, anhingas, fish, and other birds. Very busy trail but worth doing once.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

This trail is short but well worth seeing - especially in the dry season!! There are so many different types of wildlife to see. There were also more alligators on this trail than I've ever seen atone time. We counted roughly 25-30 alligators in one spot at the end of the trail. We felt like we were in the movie Jurassic Park. Not long, but worth seeing while in the Everglades.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Excellent trail for see all kinds of wildlife. Took a Ranger-led tour and learned a lot about everything on this trail to see. One of the top trails in the Glades IMO.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Super crowded on weekends in the winter but fabulous for seeing wildlife. Anhingas, herons, alligators and more. It is worth winding your way through tourists from around the globe.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Very beautiful. Lots of wildlife better to come early in the morning. Trail is extremely easy.

Friday, December 16, 2016

very easy. short but pretty route. we saw a gator, lots of fish and birds.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

This trail is currently closed.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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.

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