Shark Valley - Everglades National Park

Miami, Florida 33199

Shark Valley - Everglades National Park

Shark Valley - Everglades National Park Professional Review and Guide

"Includes: Bobcat Hammock Boardwalk, Otter Cave Trail. Although Shark Valley is not as well-known as other regions in the park, its 15-mile long, hard-surfaced trail penetrating directly into the wilderness is a prime wildlife viewing area. However, be prepared to share it with lots of other people unless you arrive when the Shark Valley gates open at 8 A.M. Beginning on the hour, from 9 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. The tram returns by a different road that parallels the first, so the scenery is totally different on the route back. Bikes also can be rented here, so hikers are bound to see quite a few other people. Most of Shark Valley’s visitors ride instead of walk, so don’t feel badly if you decide to join them."

Shark Valley - Everglades National Park Reviews

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There's a couple ways to do this trail. There's a tram, you can bike it or hike it, or there are also airboat tours. There are bikes for rent if you didn't bring your own. There's a chance to see lots of wildlife like alligators and lots of birds, although if you go in the summer when it's really hot you may not see as much. I've both biked and walked this trail and enjoy it both ways, it's a nice way to see the Everglades up close.
for getting close to wildlife and nature on a bicycle or hiking this trail can't be beat. I started using this trail to train for century bike rides, 15,30,45,60,& 75 mile rides years ago because no traffic and so much to see. Now I use it to get away to the peace and quite of being alone with nature. Caution always watch the weather because it is 7 miles between the enterance and the watch tower and no cover in a electrical strom.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Skill Level
Varies with two short trails
Winter. There are more birds and fewer mosquitoes.
Everglades National Park
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Jul 2018