Snake Bight Trail

Everglades National Park, Florida 33030

Elevation Gain2ft
Trailhead Elevation2ft
Elevation Min/Max1/2ft
Elevation Start/End2/2ft

Snake Bight Trail

Snake Bight Trail is a hiking trail in Monroe County, Florida. It is within Everglades National Park. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 2 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 2 feet. This trail connects with the following: Rowdy Bend Trail and Crocodile Trail (overgrown With Manchineel Trees ).

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"The main attraction of both trails is the chance to see wild flamingoes at Florida Bay. The Flamingo area itself is named after the colorful birds that, due to overhunting, disappeared from the Everglades for decades. Apparently flamingoes never did breed in Florida, though birds from Cuba and the Bahamas traveled here in large numbers until 1902. In recent years small numbers of Florida’s famous pink bird have been spotted in Florida Bay at the end of the 1.7-mile (one way) Snake Bight Trail.

Even if the flamingoes are not present, you still have the opportunity for good bird watching at an observation deck overlooking the water. The Rowdy Bend Trail, extending 2.6 miles one way, joins the Snake Bight Trail after following an old roadbed shaded by buttonwoods, then meandering through open coastal prairie. It offers another chance to look for flamingoes on Florida Bay."

"Hike or bike along an elevated trail through mangrove and coastal strand habitat to a wood overlook near the shoreline of Snake Bight.

The trailhead is located on the south side of the main park road between West Lake and Rowdy Bend and is marked with signage. The Snake Bight Trail overlook is a favorite among birders who want to view shorebirds, black skimmers, egrets, herons, roseate spoonbills, white pelicans (winter–spring), brown pelicans (all year), ospreys, bald eagles, and even greater flamingos that migrate to this area in winter. Binoculars are a must and spotting scopes are a plus. If you do not own a spotting scope, there are often birders there that do, and they never mind sharing."

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Everglades National Park
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Everglades National Park
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