Shark Valley: Bobcat Boardwalk and Otter Cave Hammock Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Shark Valley is in the northernmost sector of Everglades National Park in a location far from both Homestead and Flamingo. Although Shark Valley is not as well known as other regions in the park, its 15-mile long, hard-surfaced tram road loops deep into the wilderness, making it a prime wildlife viewing area. It’s possible to hike or cycle the path, but most visitors explore it by motorized tram, which runs from December 1 to April 1.
Beginning on the hour, from 9:00 a.m. almost until closing, the park operates a two-hour tram ride along the road for less mobile visitors to see the birds, gators, deer, turtles, and other animals. At the end of the road is a 50-foot high observation tower with a panoramic view deep into the Glades. Making the return loop, the tram travels another ruler-straight route paralleling the other side, but the scenery is totally different on the trip back. Since bikes are popular rentals here, hikers who decide to walk the entire length are bound to see quite a few other people."