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Everglades Coastal Prairie Trail is a 17 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 17.0 mi Elevation gain 16 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Stroller friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs No dogs
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Florida Office of Visitor Inquiry, Division of Tourism, 126 W. Van Buren Street , Tallahassee, FL, 32399-2000, Phone: 904-487-1462

Directions from Flamingo, FL: Trailhead is at the back of loop C in the Flamingo Campground which is located at the end of Main Park Road approximately 38 miles south of the main entrance. Signage is good.

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Colin Hennessee
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Hiking

Scouted this trail today for condition, repairs needed, and locations of said repairs. This one....is a mess. Hopefully it will be coming up on the rotation for maintenance soon after the park is open again.

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Mark Lee
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HikingBugsFeeFloodedMuddyNo shadeOver grownRocky

This appears to be one of the least maintained trails in the Everglades. It definitely shows you some areas most people don't normally get to see. If you are lucky you might spot the remnants of the original town of Flamingo. You definitely have to work for this one as it was damaged pretty severely by Hurricane Irma, it floods occasionally, is pretty muddy, and pretty overgrown. I understand there is a lot going on in the parks so I'll just assume this trail is meant to be a little more wild!

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Tatiana C
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

Very interesting trail. Don’t expect much wildlife but landscape is interesting. The dead white trees you see along the trail are result of 2017 hurricane that flooded the area with salt water. Make sure to wear long sturdy pants as path is very narrow with dense vegetation. There are no water sources along the trail. Pack enough water and expect it to be flooded and muddy specially after the rain.

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Luis Rumbaut
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HikingBugsMuddy

The trail is really muddy, the mud is ankle deep after the first 2 miles. If you are planning on camping at the beach house campsite you will have to cross a section with mud and water up to your knees. On top of that, the space to put the tent is very limited and lets not forget about the mosquitos. Overall, not worth it.

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Eddie Blanc
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Hiking

I wish there was a reply button for all of your comments.All the reviews have given me a better idea on how to go about hiking/camping this trail. This is a question I have for the ones who have camped before on this trail. Which spot did u camp at and was there any issues with incoming tides/flooding? I’d hate to set up and in the middle of the night be ankles deep in water surrounded by a gator/croc. Thanks!

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William Turner
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HikingBugsMuddy

Came unprepared for mosquitoes. They weren’t that bad at campground. Had to cut the hike short.

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Frank R
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HikingBugsFloodedMuddyNo shadeOff trailOver grown

Solo hike, out and back. First time on this trail. I had no cell phone service. It was an advanced hike. This trail is not being maintained. Almost made it to Clubhouse Beach. It was not easy. The trail was muddy with standing water all the way back to the first turn off for Bayshore Loop. It got muddier from there. I did not see any other footprints in the mud for the whole hike. No large downed trees, but had to clear out some medium and small debris in the buttonwoods. For this trail under these conditions, I recommend hiking boots that reach higher than the ankles, long pants, a long sleeve shirt and a hat with a mosquito net. Use lots of bug spray and bring plenty of water. If you think you have enough water, bring more. It was a little hot in the prairie sections which were muddy, so it was slow and hot going. The marsh to the north was pretty close to the trail due to flooding. I did not see any alligators. I did see what MIGHT have been alligator paths crossing from the marsh on the north side to the woods on the south side, mostly in the prairie sections. In the buttonwoods, it gets cooler but there are much more mosquitoes, especially where flooded. The bugs weren't too bad as long as I kept moving. When it is wet, this trail is a definite "no go" without proper gear. About 60% of the trail was either mud or water. Made it to the turnoff for the beach, but no further. The marsh was too deep and there was lots of standing water. The trail is great if you like a challenge. The scenery is unique and beautiful. I do not recommend going when it is this wet unless you are geared up. At some pretty long portions of the prairie sections, I was unable to go more than 1 about mph in the mud, scanning for gators the whole time. On your way in, keep detailed notes of features you notice and their locations in writing and/or take pictures. Look out for areas that may get you lost or confused. You may need those notes/pictures on the way out because some areas are submerged, leaving no footprints to follow out. Not a good place to get lost, but pretty easy to stay on the path even if flooded if you pay close attention on the way in. Overall, this hike was not worth the effort under these conditions, but it is a hike that I will definitely remember. I will be back again for another go at it when conditions are more dry. Plan on a potential 7 to 8 hour hike when conditions are this flooded. Be safe and watch out for gators and crocodiles. They co-exist in this area. I do not recommend going solo under these conditions.

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Ed McMullen
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddyNo shadeOff trailOver grownWashed out

Mostly through water and brush while there is a trail. Pretty much like postholing in snow, but you can't follow your footsteps back. Alligators too.

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Shannon Buttimer
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