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Snake Bight Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Islamorada, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 3.6 mi Elevation gain 3 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Views Wildlife 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: Snake Bight Trail is located four miles north of Flamingo just above Mrazek Pond along Main Park Road. Signage is good. (Restrooms available just north at West Lake.)

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Mary Ostlund
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HikingBugs

They should call the trail: Bug Bite instead of snake bight. Buggy!!!! I used up half a can of OFF. Only thing that helped was wearing hat low over forehead and wearing a circular headscarf as a face mask covering neck, ears, cheeks just below the eyes. Sunglasses didn’t deter the varmits from the eyes. Path was nice but you saw a lot of the same scenery mile after mile. Some birds and the water view was great at the end. I would do again but on bike

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Jayson Moorman
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Hiking

Went in early May, with this being one of the few trails open in the pandemic. But what a nice trail it was. BUGS SPRAY IS ESSENTIAL OR YOU WILL NOT MAKE IT. We attempted once, then couldn’t make it 5 minutes without bugs spray and then it was much more manageable with it. The bugs on this trail are vicious! After the bugs, again it is beautiful. Only took us roughly 45 minutes and the lookout at the end was gorgeous. Highly recommended as it is easy (with bugs spray), fun and has a great pay off.

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Colin Hennessee
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Hiking

We (I work for the NPS Maintenance crew) did indeed do some extensive cleaning of the trail. In almost areas of the trail the path has been widened so that a few people can walk side by side. Areas that do get a little bit narrow are where the protected plant life is. The trail will (hopefully) be cut one more time before the end of our work season. (Around April our season ends and the crew gets pretty small. Making it a bit more difficult for all the trails to be constantly up kept.). Bear Lake was also just cleaned back and Rowdy Bend is next! I have seen a few snakes and crocodiles on the trail. So in addition to the normal hiking necessities (water, sun block, bug spray) please be on the lookout for them. In addition...I do not speak for or on behalf of the NPS. I am just a happy hiker that loves being outdoors. And it is even better when I have a job that pays me to do it. Enjoy the trail!

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Kirk Larrabee
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Running

Calm and peaceful trail with water alongside and a nice deck at the end. Good opportunity for birdwatching. NPS recently did some cleanup work on this trail, leaving it in very good condition as of March 1, 2020. It should take a while now for it to become overgrown to the point where it becomes an issue.

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Sushanth Mali
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Hiking

Easy trail with a beautiful boardwalk overlooking the ocean at the end of the trail. Lot of herons in the woods along the trail. I saw couple of spoonbills here and there

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Colin Hennessee
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HikingOver grown

A pretty decent trail with a nice view at the end (turn around point). A bit overgrown but I read the sign at the beginning of the trail. It states that the NPS does not cut back the trail due to the endangered plant species (Cape Sable thoroughwort) only living in the coastal areas of this park.

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Colin Hennessee
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Scenic drivingOver grown
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Brad Beall
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HikingBugsOver grown
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Jeremy Zilkie
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Hiking

Straight walk to the ocean from the main road in the Everglades. Not much to see along the way except for a very small baby snake.

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Caesar Zych
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Hiking

Dry narrow trail alongside a canal....lots of mosquitos even in early February...mud flats can be seen from overlook at end of trail.

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Jorge Espinosa
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Hiking

Nothing special to see at the end a lot of mud.

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Doug Sanchez
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Bird Watching

This trail is all about timing. Yes it's flat, yes it's straight. But it leads to the beautiful Florida Bay. Now when it's comes to this trail. Everything must be perfect.. Step 1. Time of the year! If you want a comfortable walk you have to go either right after a cold front or during a cold front. DO NOT try this is the summer! Even if you're covered head to toe mosquitoes will kill you! Step 2. Time the tides.. tide to low birds and other animals might be hard to see. Tide too high. You're gonna get a little wet. Step 3. EARLY MORNING or before dawn If all those things line up! You'll have a great hike/ birding trip. Enjoy!

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Alexander Berne
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Mosquitos

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Rachael Pahl
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Hiking

Flat, short, straight. Moderate mosquitos. Ends at a nice lookout to Florida Bay.

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Scott Densmore
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Hiking

One of the few real hiking trails that I attempted during my visit last Thanksgiving weekend. This would be a great trail in the dead of a cold south Florida winter or if you are 100% prepared for the onslaught. Despite my near heroic efforts, as well as being covered head to toe and doused with bug spray, I was not able to complete it. They really should rename it Mosquito Bite Trail. If you are looking for a challenge, this truly qualifies.

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Adriele Andre
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Hiking

We completed this trail in early march. The mosquitos were not bad, but we did have pants on and used bug spray. Nice flowers and butterflies along the way. A nice trail to observe the different vegetation around the area. Great view of the beginning of the keys at the end. I recommend.

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Paul Emmons
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Hiking

This trail is listed as 1 of the top 100 trails in America and I drove here from a great distance. However, I was unprepared. I showed up in a pair of shorts and an Under Armor shirt and could barely tolerate the bites while I was spraying down and changing into my pants. I started the trail and turned back after only a 100 yards. You need to gear up for this trail. I will try again if I can get a head net. I have never experienced an attack by insects like that, incredible!

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Christine Girty
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Hiking

Previous attempts to hike this trail were thwarted due to the incredible amount of mosquitoes, but with a couple other friends wanting to do it, I decided "what the heck". Covering ourselves with bug spray, and me wearing a long sleeve tshirt and jeans, we set out...to be honest, this trail is really kind of boring. It is a straight line through a dense mangrove forest with a few sunny, grassy breaks. We saw no wildlife other than a black racer and a red shouldered hawk. Ending up at the bay we were greeted by a low tide with all the shore birds pretty far out. We did see some spoonbbills, though, which was nice. My best advice is to do this one in the winter months so the mozzies might be a bit lighter. Plus, it is not fun to be wearing long sleeves and long pants when it is 90 degrees in a breezeless swamp. I won't be doing this one again , but it was nice to finally get it off my bucket list!

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Judy M
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Hiking
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Mosquitoes! This trail would have been a 4 or 5 without the mosquitoes. I have never seen anything like this. About .5 of the way in we discussed turning back, but we decided to power through. We doused ourselves in bug spray, but there were so many hovering, it looked like we were covered in fur. If you missed even a tiny spot, you were bitten repeatedly. Because of the bug spray, they went for whatever they could which meant your nose etc. At the end of the trail you get reprieve when it opens up to the water. We stayed there a while, used up the rest of our bug spray, and ran back using grass fronds to fan our faces keeping them out of our orifices.

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Serena Conour
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Karen Lee
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Marguerite Brackett
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Brad Whitcomb
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Jerry Joseph
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Shamon Harper
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Mark Jones
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Yago Colas
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Ryan Fernand
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Mark Cunningham
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