Everglades National Park -- Pa-hay-okee Trail (12-28-12)
Located about 13 miles inside the eastern entrance of Everglades National Park is this great little trail which introduces you to what I've always pictured as the 'quintessential Everglades'. Only about a quarter mile long the trail introduces the passer-by to hardwood hammocks (the Everglades 'upland' ecosystem), a cypress swamp, and the classic 'river of grass' freshwater prairie that defines the greatest portion of the park. In fact, Pa-hay-okee is a Seminole phrase that means 'grassy waters'.
With only a short day to spend in the park, and after spending an unexpectedly long time on the nearby Anhinga Trail the Pa-hay-okee Trail was about all we had time for. Short, yes, but we enjoyed the serenity and glimpse of wilderness this trail offered. It only takes a few minutes to walk so, if you visit, there's no reason not to stop by this pleasant little loop..
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 25.440816, -80.783473
Hike Length: 0.25 miles
Hike Duration: 0:20
Trailhead Temp: 85'F