Gumbo Limbo Trail, Everglades National Park

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Find solace from the Florida sun on Gumbo Limbo Trail, a pleasant loop hike through tropical woodlands. Along the way, you can admire lush vegetation of the Everglades, from royal palms and ferns, to the eponymous gumbo limbo tree, nicknamed the "Tourist Tree" for its peeling, reddish bark, reminiscent of a sunburnt tourist. Only 0.6 km (0.4 mi) long and paved, the trek is suitable for children and the elderly. The luscious plant life that surrounds the trail attracts insects, so don't forget mosquito repellent. Arrange your visit to Gumbo Limbo Trail and discover more family-friendly attractions in Everglades National Park using our Everglades National Park visit planner.
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  • This little trail is so different than any other trail in the park. Look for the endangered snails in the trees and see how many you can find. 
    This little trail is so different than any other trail in the park. Look for the endangered snails in the trees and see how many you can find.  more »
  • We walked along the Gumbo Limbo trail before going on the Anhinga ranger walk. The trail is in the shade, and very very short 
    We walked along the Gumbo Limbo trail before going on the Anhinga ranger walk. The trail is in the shade, and very very short  more »
  • If you’re short on time I WOULD SKIP THIS TRAIL. It’s just a little walk in the jungle. There’s little to see. It’s a great spot to get a bunch of mosquito bites. 
    If you’re short on time I WOULD SKIP THIS TRAIL. It’s just a little walk in the jungle. There’s little to see. It’s a great spot to get a bunch of mosquito bites.  more »
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  • Short but very cool trail. I was able to see a lot of wildlife and get some pretty good pictures. Consider liking my review and pictures and follow along on all my adventures. Get Your Adventure On!
  • A very short paved loop trail that takes you into a dense canopy of assorted tropical plants that are native to S. Florida, most notably the Gumbo Limbo tree aka Tourist tree (for its peeling burnt bark appearance, I see you Floridians and your humor). I went on a windy, partly cloudy, Wednesday on Feb 2nd with a temperature of 24C/76F, there were ZERO bugs. If you are looking for some solitude and soaking in nature come here a little on the earlier side, folks seem to show up here a little later 1030 and on (ie school buses and large tours of elderly). Allow yourself to stop and read the metal placards, they are really insightful. Ps: the Ahinga Trail is on the same park so you might as well enjoy that too, a 2 for 1 deal!
  • Beautiful but short trail we saw a huge gator and many beautiful plants, trees, and lizards.
  • We saw a much bigger gator here than we did on the Anhinga trail. It was so close- very cool experience! We also enjoyed reading the signs along the trail, which were very informative about the wildlife and geology/environment of the Everglades. Also- in agreement with another reviewer. The trail map on Google Maps is wrong. It is a short loop trail (~0.5 mi) and is easy to find from the visitors center.
  • Great little trail, easy to do with family, paved all the way and only 0.4 mi/ 700 m.

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