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.
Pine Island Hike and Bike Trails
Shark Valley Bike Trail
Flamingo (general Hiking and Canoe Trail map)
Hells Bay Canoe Trail
Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail
Gulf Coast Trails (general information)
Paddlers can access many miles of Gulf Coast water trails along or near the park's southern and western coasts.
**Note** Pets are not allowed on any of the park's trails.