Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park

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Enjoy an easy hike and observe the wildlife on Anhinga Trail, a boardwalk over Taylor Slough that is 6 km (4 mi) from the Everglades National Park entrance. Walk out 600 m (0.4 miles) over a sawgrass marsh area. From the boardwalk, visitors can often see many different Everglades species, from local birds to large reptiles, such as alligators. The trail is wheelchair-accessible, but cycling is not allowed. Plan my trip to Everglades National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • September 18, 2017
    I am from middle europe so I can't meet an alligator here, but on this place, unbelievable experience. 50 meters from parking we met first one about 1,5 meters long and it was at your fingertips so we...  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    Take your time to see well hidden in plants of alligators. There are plenty of small reptiles and grasshoppers the size of a human thumb. Predict the anti mosquito!
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  • August 27, 2017
    Nice walk, not overly long, you have to deal with heat and mosquitoes but there are a few grey areas. The Everglades habitat is unique and it is easy to see alligators up close, too in a way. Any concern about the children I had but probably these crocodiles are not particularly aggressive.
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  • July 1, 2017
    This was a nice everglades experience and the trail is easy to walk and super accessible. We went around 2pm and only saw a little bit of one alligator hiding in the shade. It was super hot and we were disappointed since we really wanted to see them. In an effort to try to experience more of the everglades we then went on Gumbo Limbo trail since it's right there (huge mistake in the summer - we started walking this trail and when our layers of bug spray still failed us we ran the rest of it! If you reeeeeally want to walk that trail when it's buggy just go in 10 feet and then go back out and that will be enough). Anyway, after this we went further down to the Flamingo Marina and Visitor Center even though it was closed and explored a very little there (where we encountered endless and abundant mosquitos. I had 89 bug bites by the end of the day). On our way back we decided to walk Anhinga Trail again since it was about 6 now and we thought the alligators might be out and about more with it being a little cooler. And sure enough we saw 5 alligators and we're glad we came back! It was also much more pleasant to experience with the sun low in the sky (although the visitor center was no longer open so if that's something you want don't wait until the end of the day).
  • April 16, 2017
    Great introduction into the Everglades. There were lots of trails with plenty of seating along the way. Anhinga trail is a perfect spot for young children, older people and everyone in between. Bathrooms and vending machines are nearby for people that forgot the snacks at home.
  • May 30, 2017
    Grab a good flashlight and walk the boardwalk at night, when no admission is required to get into the park. The gators are extremely active at night and it's an experience you won't forget. Bring bug spray!
  • July 5, 2017
    Might be the best trial in the park, beautiful and quite, has a lot of wild animals. And closest to the entrance.
  • February 25, 2017
    Great trail for the whole family. Stroller friendly and not many bugs during winter months. We saw over 30 alligators along the trail with 27 of those being concentrated in one spot. Easy walk and even though there were lots of people there it didn't feel crowded.

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Where to stay in Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park runs two full-service campgrounds inside its boundaries: Long Pine Key and Flamingo. The former operates on a first-come, first-served basis, and the latter accepts reservations. If you prefer bunking down on a mattress, Homestead and Florida City are your most convenient options. These two towns sit adjacent to one another about 16 km (10 mi) from the park's main entrance, and in them you'll find numerous economy chain motels. North of the park, the Miccosukee Reservation features a hotel and casino. If you're traveling Florida's western coast, Everglades City offers a few rustic inns, lodges, and economy motels.
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