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Shark Valley Trail is a 15.8 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 walking, running, bird watching, and road biking and is accessible year-round.

Length 15.8 mi Elevation gain 22 ft Route type Loop
Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Road biking Walking Bird watching Running Paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs No shade No dogs
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Shark Valley is in the very heart of the Everglades freshwater marsh. The trail is paved and you can walk, ride your bike (or rent a bike there) or take a guided tram ride through it. The 15-mile loop is very flat. Since the trail goes along the Shark River Slough, you will have the opportunity to view wildlife close up, including alligators, turtles and many bird species. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved, smooth, and typically at least eight feet wide. It is flat with an estimated average grade of 1% and a max grade of 2%. This trail will likely be navigable for most wheelchair, mobility equipment, and stroller users.

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Z. Zhang
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Road bikingNo shade
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Roxana RN
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Hot!! Biked the paved trail. The breeze felt nice. Stopped at the tower (halfway point) for a break and some shade. We rode in the fall. Cool enough to feel comfortable but still got to ride in a tank top and shorts. Keep an eye out for gators!!

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DONNELL MCCANT
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Hiking

Great biking excursion!

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Andre Crisostomo
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Road bikingGreat!No shade
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Madison Pollard
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Road biking

Very beautiful but hot! Not very much shade but it is totally worth it, very breathtaking. Bring a hat, a spf shirt, sunscreen and lots of water and you should be good!

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Marines Barrios
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HikingGreat!

Trail is Very beautiful but hot ! …. Not very much shade, my husband and I we make the terrible mistake to hike in the middle of the day (12PM) and yes You will be able to find some bird and others animals but the weather doesn’t help, we couldn't finish it … I WON’T RECOMMENDED AT ALL. Better if you do it early morning or afternoon when the sun is not so HOT. Bring a hat, sunscreen, mosquito spray and lots of water, I think the little train it will be nice but a pricey, they also had bikes that you can rent.

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Clisby White
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Biked this about a year ago. Interesting structure to look out from. Lots of wildlife to see along the way and a few gators hanging out in the waters along the road and below the tower.

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Genesis Leiva
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Road bikingNo shade

Great trail, easy just a lot of pedaling. I extended the logging but you can do the 15 miles in under 3 hours. Make sure to stay hydrated, bring H2O. Sightseeing with birds, turtles, fishes, gators, and beautiful views.

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Kt Ray
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Road bikingNo shade

Super cool observation tower at the half way point. Be picky about the bike you rent, some of the seats tilt forward. If you’re going when it’s hot out be sure to bring at least 3 water bottles a person, it’s a 15 mile trail with no shade. Beautiful if you enjoy the Everglades. We only seen one alligator, but it was because it was the end of June at noon time (too hot).

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Jordani Lima
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Road bikingBugsFeeNo shade

This is simply a fantastic trail for a beautiful scenery and endless road to travel. There’s a great vantage point/viewpoint at the halfway loop that features an impressive sight of the Everglades. Bring bug spray! Those pesky mosquitoes are on the prowl!

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Halle Barnello
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Road bikingBugsFeeNo shade

Awesome bike ride! If you’re renting the bikes, don’t just go for the first one you see! Be picky because you’ll be sitting on that seat for 15 miles! The observation tower had amazing views but unfortunately the gators weren’t out at all when we went! Not one single one lol but lots of beautiful birds!

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Vanity Duran
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HikingBugsFeeNo shade

This trail was amazing! I took the tram tour for $27. It was raining on and off and I was so amazed at the amount of people that still wanted to go. The tour guide was super knowledgeable! Even the driver made sure that we all captured great finds of birds and gators. Once we got to the tower, we saw a gator and a croc which the tour guide said was super unusual. They even went at it! It started to rain while we were up the tower so it was nice to hang around and take everything in. It was such a great experience. Well worth it!

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John Adamo
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Road bikingFee

Gorgeous Trail - smooth roads for walking or biking !! Gorgeous Everglades scenery mixed with road biking is just phenomenal!!!

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Mark Lee
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Bike touringBugsFee

We biked out and back at Shark Valley and it was a wonderful day we will never forget. You can also walk, run, or take the tram if you like. It was the largest concentration of alligators, crocodiles, and birds we had seen in one place. I recommend walking or biking as the tram seems to scare most of the wildlife away. Plan to make a whole day of it as it's far away from most anything. This is suitable for all ages and abilities and there are many ways to enjoy it. Bring your camera and bugspray!

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Kirk Larrabee
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Walking

Super cool experience that is a must for visitors to the Everglades. Nice easy ride with lots of gators, gator babies, birds, and a turtle or two. Give yourself plenty of time because there will be LOTS of photo opportunities.

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Sarah Chenault
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Hiking

Top speed on a rented bike took 2 hrs. Gorgeous!

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Douglas Sears
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Scenic driving

did a tram tour through this scenic area. got to see alligators and plenty of birds & waterfowl. Even got to walk/stand in shallow grasslands swamp (stayed close to shore !)

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Sushanth Mali
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Road biking

Easy trail with lots of alligators and snakes when riding my bike next to the canal and few on the other side. Views from Shark valley observation tower are great.

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Outside Is Awesome
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Bike touring

Pretty cool area. We went in mid September with temps in the 90’s which kept a lot of the wildlife underwater and out of sight unfortunately. After we did the loop we caught one of the many airboat tours in the area for a different perspective.

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Odyssey America
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HikingNo shade
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Lisa Riedel
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Road biking

We LOVED biking this trail! Probably even better than riding in an airboat ride through the Everglades! We saw over 50 alligators! Many turtles and beautiful birds or many species. It was flat and easy. I liked biking the whole path! Though you don’t see as many alligators after passing the observation, we were still pretty close to several. I would recommend biking the trail vs the tram. whenever we passed the tram, it was moving pretty fast! Not sure you would have seen the many baby alligators that we saw! I look forward to returning to this beautiful trail!

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Tamara Vena
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Counted 78 alligators in the 15 miles. Totally worth it, weather was gorgeous.

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