Nine Mile Pond

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Nine Mile Pond is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Homestead, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, bird watching, and canoeing and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 0 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

nature trips

paddle sports

bird watching



no dogs

8 months ago

This is a canoeing trail no hiking or walking in this area; somebody made a mistake when describing the area.

paddle sports
9 months ago

This is a fun way to explore the Everglades. We were too early in the season to do the ranger led canoe trip (which would likely be the best option if it is available), but we were able to rent a canoe from the Flamingo Marina which is not too far from Nine Mile Pond. It was only about $20 for a couple hours. We picked up paddles and life jackets at the marina and they gave us a combination to unlock the canoe that was already located at Nine Mile Pond. The canoeing is challenging, but definitely a fun adventure. It takes some time to figure out how to find your route and the markers. It also is slow going in spots due to tight turns and grass that you paddle through making it much more challenging than open water canoeing. Also keep in mind that not all the route markers have numbers on them so there can be a couple "blank" markers in between the numbered ones. We did the cutoff due to time and the route took us about 2 hours (enjoying our time, but also not going too slow). It gets much easier to find your route after you have been going for awhile and getting a better idea of where the markers are and looking for clues where other canoes had been (matted down grass, open channels, etc.). We did not see any other canoes out while we did the route, but also felt comfortable doing it on our own. There is a brochure that can be picked up at the Flamingo Visitors center that talks about the route, gives a rough map and route marker numbers. This is helpful to have as is the map from Alltrails (including the satellite view). I would recommend doing this trail since so much of the Everglades is water.

paddle sports
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Perfect way to explore the Everglades National Park!

paddle sports
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.

paddle sports
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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9 months ago

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

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