• Pa-Hay-okee Overlook

    Everglades

    National Park Florida

West Lake Trail

Trail Length: 0.5 miles (800 meters) round trip

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Bicycles Allowed: No

Trail Description: This self-guided boardwalk trail wanders through a forest of white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa), black mangrove (Avicennia nitida), red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), and buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus) trees to the edge of West Lake.

Directions to Trail: Seven miles (11km) north of the Flamingo Visitor Center on the main park road.

 
West Lake Trail
Visitors with a ranger along the West Lake Trail
 
West Lake Trail
An aerial view of the West Lake Trail boardwalk

Did You Know?

Soft-Shell Turtle

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!