Everglades National Park -- Anhinga Trail (12-28-12)
The Anhinga Trail is deservedly the most popular 'hiking trail' in the whole of Everglades National Park. I place 'hiking trail' in quotes because its paved walkways and brevity (less than 1 mile) make it more like a stroll in a city park. But, oh, what a stroll!! The highlight of the Anhinga Trail is the wildlife. No other place in the Everglades can a visitor be immersed in such a dazzling array of local fauna. At times you feel almost like you're walking through a zoo, so seemingly tame are the animals. There are alligators galore but the real draw are the birds. The Everglades are a world-renowned birding site and the Anhinga Trail offers the opportunity to see many of these amazing creatures up close and personal.
The trail itself is located only about 4 miles inside the eastern entrance to the National Park. Due to its proximity to the entrance and its deserved popularity it is always busy during the prime winter months. The trail is about 3/4 of a mile long and loops through a large, freshwater sawgrass marsh. The first half of the walkway is paved while the remainder follows an elevated boardwalk loop. If you are planning a visit to the Everglades DON'T MISS THIS TRAIL...oh, and don't forget your camera!
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 25.382342, -80.609526
Hike Length: 0.75 miles
Hike Duration: 1:00
Trailhead Temp: 80'F