Places to Visit in Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is one of the unique national parks in the U.S. It has the most scenic landscape that is home for numerous rare and endangered species. One of the major reasons to visit Everglades is for its incredible wildlife. It is also the largest subtropical wilderness in the country. Here we have mentioned the top places to visit at Everglades National Park.

Anhinga Trail

The Anhinga Trail is a 1.3 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail. It is one of the most popular hikes in Everglades National Park. The trail features beautiful wild flowers and is perfect for all skill levels. The trail is wheelchair accessible from the Royal Palm Visitor Center and leads to grass marsh prairie, one of the park’s 9 distinct habitats.

The trail features boardwalks that lead through some of the deeper waters in the park. The most attractive feature of the Anhinga Trail is watching alligators. The trail is also home for water birds including Anhinga. 

Shark Valley

Shark Valley is the major attraction of Everglades. At Shark Valley you can walk, bike, or ride a tram along a 15-mile loop road and see some of the park’s best wildlife concentrations. 

Shark Valley observation tower is the must visit in the park which offers a 360 degree view of the Everglades. You can also stop at the Deck Overlooks, a life-filled water body, it provides a bird eye view of alligators, turtles, fish, and birds.

Nine mile pond trail

Nine Mile Pond is a scenic 5.2 mile trail loop. The trail lends you through shallow grassy marsh and mangrove islands. Nine mile Pond is the best place in the park for wildlife watching like alligators, crocodiles, wading birds, and an even endangered snail kite. The water paths are good for passage in the fall and winter.

Nine Mile Pond canoe trail is one of Everglades kayak trails. It takes about four or five hours to paddle. The rail offers stunning scenery and takes you to shallow marsh spiked with mangrove islands, and sawgrass. The trail also has some challenging mangrove tunnels. Motor craft are prohibited at the pond. You can rent Canoes at Flamingo Visitor Center marina.

Gumbo Limbo Trail 

Gumbo Limbo Trail is a 0.4 mile loop trail that features a lake. The trail is wheelchair accessible but bicycles are not allowed. The trail is perfect for all levels of hikers. It is one of the best spots for bird watching  and is good for all skill levels. The trail leads to a hardwood hammock of gumbo limbo trees. This self-guiding, paved and easy trail.

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