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.
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!