In many areas of the park, trails allow you to explore the diversity of habitats within south Florida. While exploring the park, be sure to bring plenty of water and be aware of changing weather conditions. If you hear thunder, seek cover immediately. The safest places to do so may be inside a building or vehicle.
Insects can be present year-round; with the hot, humid summer months being the most severe. Be prepared for mosquitoes and a variety of biting flies.
A wide array of land trails offer visitors opportunities for leisurely walks, extended hikes and bicycle treks. Check out the links below to download hiking and bicycling brochures. Flamingo and Pine Island trails are accessible from the main entrance of the park in Homestead Florida, while the Shark Valley trail is closer to Miami off of U.S. 41.
**Note** Pets are not allowed on any of the park's trails.
Did You Know?
Soft-shell turtles may not have the protective hard covering seen on other turtles, but they make up for that with relatively greater speeds in the water. Also, their long noses are well adapted for snorkeling. These amazing animals seem perfectly built for a life in the Everglades!