Anhinga Trail

One of the best walks in the Everglades for viewing resident wildlife.

Hiking Easy

Distance
1.4 km
Ascent
2 m
Descent
2 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
0 m
High Point
1 m
Gradient
Anhinga Trail Map

Everglades National Park has many short trails and boardwalks, and you should do a number of them if you want to see a great variety of wildlife. If you have to choose just one, though, consider the Anhinga Trail. It’s a paved and wooden walkway over wetlands that teem with birds, turtles, and alligators. Because of the trail’s popularity, the wildlife residents are accustomed to people, and you can often view them quite well. The alligators are a real highlight and don’t pose any danger. They’ll simply slide into the water if anyone happens too close.

Description

Though any time of year is suitable for this trail, the prime season is winter, both for pleasant weather and for the best wildlife spotting. It’s the dry season, when waterways shrink, and aquatic populations condense, and also when more birds congregate. Look for the anhinga in particular, for which this trail is named. It’s a long-necked, thin-billed bird that swims with most of its body submerged and roosts in trees around the marsh.

Source: https://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/anhinga-trail.htm

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly

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