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by Clyde Powell

 

 







 


Key West Area Parks Everglades National Park Walking Tours   

Walking tours along the road
in the Everglades National Park

Here I will list a number of trails that you will see as you drive from
the main park entrance on your way to Flamingo. As I revisit these
trails I will include pictures from them.

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Anhinga Trail   For More Info  Anhinga Trail
This is a must for all coming to the Everglades, or just visiting Miami.
Wheelchair accessible
 

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Gumbo-Limbo
 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 , royal palms, ferns, and air plants.
Wheelchair accessible.
 

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Long Pine Key Trails
More than 28 miles (45 km) of connecting trails wind through the pine forest around Long Pine Key Campground.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.
 

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Pineland    For More Info Pineland Trail
 

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Pahayokee Overlook   For more Info   Pa-hay-okee
 

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Mahogany Hammock
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 in the United States.
Wheelchair accessible Closed for renovations summer 2002
 

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West Lake
0.5 miles (400 meters) round trip. Seven (11 km) miles north of Flamingo on the main park road. This self-guiding boardwalk trail wanders through a forest of white mangrove , black mangrove , red mangrove , and buttonwood  trees to the edge of West Lake.
Wheelchair accessible.
 

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Snake Bight
1.6 miles (2.6 km) one way. Four miles (6 km) north of Flamingo. Enter another world as you walk through a tropical hardwood hammock with dozens of tropical tree species. Good bird watching on the boardwalk at the end of the trail. Bicycles are permitted on all but the boardwalk.
 

bulletRowdy Bend Trail
2.6 miles (4.2 km) one way. Three miles (5 km) north of Flamingo. Explore an overgrown old road bed through shady buttonwoods and open coastal salt prairie. At the end, the trail joins with the Snake Bight Trail. Bicycles are permitted.
 
bulletChristian Point Trail
1.8 miles (2.9 km) one way. One mile (2 km) north of Flamingo. Wander a rustic path beginning in dense buttonwoods full of air plants. End in open coastal prairie along the shores of Snake Bight.
 
bulletBear Lake Trail 
1.6 miles (2.6 km) one way. Two miles (3 km) north of Flamingo on the Bear Lake Road. Journey through a dense hardwood hammock mixed with mangroves. Excellent area for woodland birds. More than 30 different tree types. The trail ends at Bear Lake.
 
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Eco Pond
0.5 miles (800 meters) round trip. At Flamingo. Stroll around this freshwater pond and enjoy a wide variety of wading birds, song birds, and other wildlife. Alligators often cruise the pond. Good bird watching, especially at sunrise and sunset, from the wheelchair-accessible viewing platform at the beginning of the trail.
 

bulletGuy Bradley Trail
1 mile (1.6 km) one way. A scenic shortcut between the campground amphitheater and the visitor center. Mingle with a variety of birds and butterflies as you amble along the shore of Florida Bay.
 
bulletBayshore Loop
2 miles (3.2 km) round trip. Meander along the shore of Florida Bay and watch for remnants of a former outpost fishing village. Begin at the Coastal Prairie Trailhead at the back of loop "C" in the Flamingo Campground. Veer left at the trail junction to the bay.
 
bulletCoastal Prairie Trail
7.5 miles (12 km) one way. Step back in time as you walk this old road once used by wild cotton pickers and fishermen. Shady buttonwoods and open expanses of succulent coastal plants await. Begin at the rear of loop "C" in the campground. A backcountry permit is required for overnight camping. Many miles of canoe trails are also available in the Flamingo area.

If you are driving to Key West either from home or after
flying into Miami this is a must side trip.
Clyde's Key West Parks
 


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