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Everglades NP


Trails in the Everglades

While exploring the park be sure to bring plenty of water, be aware of changing weather conditions, and be prepared for mosquitoes and a variety of biting flies. Though most severe during the hot, humid summer months, insects can be present year-round. If you hear thunder, seek cover immediately. The safest places to be are inside a building or a vehicle.
A variety of land trails offer visitors opportunities for leisurely walks, extended hikes and bicycle treks. Paddlers can access the many miles of water trails along or near the park's southern and western coasts.
Pets are not allowed on any park trails.
All boardwalk trails in the park are wheelchair accessible.

Anhinga Trail - 0.5 miles (800 meters) round trip. At the Royal Palm Visitor Center, four miles (6 km) from the main park entrance. This self-guiding trail winds through a sawgrass marsh, where you may see alligators, turtles, anhingas, herons, egrets, and many other birds, especially during the winter. This is one of the most popular trails in the park because of its abundance of wildlife. Wheelchair accessible.

Gumbo-Limbo Trail - 0.5 miles (800 meters) round trip. At the Royal Palm Visitor Center, four miles (6 km) from the main park entrance. This self-guiding, paved trail meanders through a shaded, jungle-like hammock of gumbo limbo trees (Bursera simaruba), royal palms (Roystonea elata), ferns, and air plants. Wheelchair accessible.

Long Pine Key Trails - More than 28 miles (45 km) of connecting trails wind through the pine forest around Long Pine Key Campground. (Download a 42K map for details.) The Long Pine Key Nature Trail is a continuous trail which runs 7 miles (11 km) west from the campground to to Pine Glades Lake along the main park road. It is open to bicycles. The Old Ingraham Highway is also open to bicycles. It runs 11 miles (18 km) south and west from near the Royal Palm Visitor Center, and with two overnight campsites along the way.

Pineland Trail - 0.5 miles (800 meters) round trip. Seven miles (11 km) from the main park entrance. This trail loops through a forest of pines, palmettos, and wildflowers. Accessible, though narrow and uneven in places where roots have pushed the pavement up.

Pahayokee Overlook - 0.25 miles (400 meters) round trip. Thirteen miles (21 km) from the main park entrance. A raised observation platform on this boardwalk loop provides sweeping vistas of the "river of grass." Wheelchair accessible.

Mahogany Hammock Trail - 0.5 miles (400 meters) round trip. Twenty miles (32 km) from the main park entrance. This self-guiding boardwalk trail meanders through a dense, jungle-like hardwood "hammock." Lush vegetation includes gumbo-limbo trees, air plants, and the largest living mahogany tree (Swietenia mahogani) in the United States. Wheelchair accessible.

Fresh Water Prairie
Fresh Water Prairie

Mangrove Trees



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