Everglades Coastal Prairie Trail

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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.

Distance: 17.0 miles Elevation Gain: 16 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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
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.

camping
8 months ago

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)

hiking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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.

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!

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/

backpacking
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Deep water and mud most of the trail, lots of mosquitos, you'll want a head net and sleeves. Bring plenty of water, the prairie is exposed to the hot sun.

backpacking
Monday, January 30, 2017

Trail was easy and flat except the swarms of mosquitos, the rain, thick mud, wind, and the 150 meters of waist deep water and mud awaiting is just before Clubhouse Beach. We stayed the night and woke to a very cold, wind sweeping rainstorm. Challenging trail and we have no regrets. Beach was beautiful and so was the flora. This was a one time affair. No desire to do it again.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Tremendous views, great diversity and wonderful wildlife. Come in the winter...and still bring the bug spray.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Fun to see alligators in their natural habitat.

paddle sports
Monday, July 13, 2015

Go in the cooler months and make sure you are prepared for the bugs mosquitos they are every where. Everglades is a different place and it is very beautiful. I think the best way to enjoy this park is to get out on the water.

hiking
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

An easy walk until you are almost at the ocean. There are some mud that you have to pass before getting to the beautiful beach. The tree and plants along the way are very nice. I would recommend .

hiking
Sunday, November 24, 2013

Avoid the heat and annoying bugs /hike here during the cooler months (late Oct- Feb). If u prefer the heat then its a great place for u take lots of water and bug spray.

hiking
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lots of interesting trees and plants along the way. This trail is very flat and easy, but it can be muggy and buggy. We saw some pretty gnarly spiders and encountered a few swarms of flies and gnats. You can look out across the water at the southern tip of Florida and see a few Keys.

hiking
Thursday, October 13, 2011

This is not an all-season trail as during the summer salt-marsh mosquitoes will descend on you in clouds.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

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