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Bear Lake Trail is a 7.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Homestead, Florida that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 7.8 mi Elevation gain 19 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Lake Views Wildlife No dogs
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Everglades National Park 40001 State Road 9336 Homestead, Florida 33034-6733 Phone: 305-242-7700 Fax: 305-242-7711

Directions from Flamingo, FL: Bear Lake Trail is located two miles north of Flamingo. Travel Main Park Road over the waterway and immediately turn right onto Bear Lake Road. This road takes you to the parking area / trailhead. Signage is good.

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Brian Bowden
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HikingBugsOver grown

this was a hard trek, once you make the left turn. i felt like i was hacking thru the amazon. waist deep brush. they hadn’t cleared it since last season - which is typical i was told. they are supposed to open the gate and start cutting the path in november, so if you try it before then beware. saw plenty of snakes and a resident gator near the end.

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Colin Hennessee
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Hiking

This trail was recently cleared out from the physical starting point (the gate access point) down to the parking area/canoe access dock. (About two miles and ends at the ‘western turn’ towards Bear Lake) The hanging tree roots will not be cut back. Just a ‘heads up’ to those who decide to drive their vehicles down the service road. The last two miles are not fully maintained by the NPS. They are still able to be hiked but....there will be narrow sides, low hanging trees, small branches on the ground, and some mud. Although this may not sound totally appealing this was my favorite part of the trail. A lot more shade, abundant wildlife to include a shy fox that would peek out from time to time. There are quite a few horse flies and some mosquitos out to feast on you. And there is not a lot of shade on the two miles along the access road. Please plan accordingly. In addition, this app shows the trail being off to the west of the actual trail itself. By about 15 feet for an area near the western turn. This will cause you to receive ‘Are you off route?’ alerts. And the first part of the trail seems to start out near the old post office. If you start there you will be walking along the main park road and in the sun. Not a very enjoyable start/end to the hike. I suggest starting at the trail gate. You will still get a verified complete skipping the part along the main road and being ‘off route’ for the small area. Lastly, I do not speak for or on behalf of the NPS. I am just a happy hiker that gets to work in some amazing places and enjoy the outdoors.

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William Turner
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Mountain biking

Bear Lake Trail and Eco Pond from Campground T.

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Clark Newsom
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HikingBugs

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

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Keith Derington
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HikingBugsOver grown

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.

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Adriele Andre
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Hiking
First to Review

This trail is actually more like 4 miles due to the fact that you have to walk the road 2 miles to get to the trailhead. The actual hike is nice and the lake is much larger and prettier than I originally expected.

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Colin Hennessee
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Hiking
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Jody Bagdonas
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Mountain biking
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Mark Cunningham
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Hiking
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Yousi Zheng
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