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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  • To run very nice "trail" on a wooden bridge by a small portion of the Everglades. We have seen less than 5 alligators on the entire way and in addition the one or the other bird. Unfortunately would have been away right at the beginning by our because there was an alligator on the way. We waited briefly and as other visitors came to us and told us they had also ever to passing on the way we are passed then also...
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  • Really worth it. We saw there alligators in the wild. After the first stop I would return, all the way to the end is certainly not necessary, all stops repeat themselves. First stop is the finest and most spectacular. Take plenty of water. Make sure DEET, as teeming with mosquitoes.
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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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