Boardwalk - 0.5 miles (400 meters). Behind the Shark Valley Visitor Center.
This self-guiding boardwalk trail meanders through the sawgrass slough and
tropical hardwood forests. Wheelchair accessible.
Otter Cave Hammock Trail - 0.25 miles (200 meters). At Shark Valley,
0.5 miles (400 meters) walk from the Shark Valley Visitor Center on the tram
road. A rough, limestone trail through a lush, tropical hardwood forest.
Often flooded during the summer; check at the Visitor Center for current
Tram Road - 15 miles (24 km) round trip. This flat, paved road is
used for tram rides, bicycling, and walking. Along the road you may see
alligators, herons, egrets, deer, turtles, and snail kites (Rostrhamus
sociabilis plumbeus). An observation tower at the half-way point provides
panoramic views. Bicycles may be rented from the Shark Valley Tram Tour company.
Bicycling the tram road is an excellent way to
see the Everglades! Note that groups of 20 bicyclists or more require a
Special Use Permit.
Trails in the Gulf Coast Area
There are no hiking trails at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, although nearby
areas such as Fakahatchee State Preserve and Big Cypress National Preserve
offer trails. Several canoe/kayak trails begin at or near
Royal Palm/Long Pine Key
Biking the Shark Valley Tram Road