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Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park

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Wildlife Area Hiking Trail
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Anhinga Trail by using our Everglades National Park tour planner.
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  • We did this trail with a Tangier which was explaining things about the fauna and flora, and on water and the different ecosystems. We saw three alligators and many different birds, as well as other reptiles, turtles and insects.
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  • Very pretty ballad we could see crocodiles, turtles, insects local and the icing on the cake a big raccoon very closely. Really nice and authentic than the ballads in boats.
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  • A pretty and short walk to closely observe alligators, even in summer. But be careful in the parking lot: think to cover his car to avoid hordes of vultures devour rubbers of the windows and the wipers brushes, not to mention the body damage. This morning, I saw a pick-up truck shot by dozens of vultures. Tarps are available in a vault along the Royal Palm Visitor Center. Note that no Panel not warns once on-site!
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  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Might be the best trial in the park, beautiful and quite, has a lot of wild animals. And closest to the entrance.
  • 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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