Are you looking for a fun, active and adventurous activity? Shark Valley Trails offer one of the most breathtaking and memorable hikes in Everglades National Park. Located just 25 miles from Miami, this 15-mile round-trip trail takes hikers through a rare glimpse of natural wonders and abundant wildlife, including some of the most iconic alligators in the Everglades.
How to get there
The easiest way to get to Shark Valley Trails is by car. Located on U.S. Highway 41, it is a mere two-hour drive from Miami and an hour from Naples.
Length of the hike
The round trip hike at Shark Valley Trails is a 15-mile loop that can take anywhere from 3-5 hours depending on your speed.
Starting and ending points
The trail starts and ends at the Visitor Center located at the entrance to Shark Valley Trails.
Before taking this Trails hike, make sure you’re physically and mentally prepared for the journey. Wear appropriate clothing, bring a minimum of two liters of water, a first aid kit, and a map. Wear sun protection and be prepared for some hiking through the mucky swampland. It’s also a good idea to apply a good quality insect repellent.
- Comfortable clothing
- At least 2 liters of water
- High-energy snacks
- Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
- First aid kit
- Insect repellent
Do’s and Don’ts during hike
- DO wear sturdy and comfortable shoes for the hike
- DO bring water and snacks for a more enjoyable hike
- DON’T litter or feed the wildlife
- DON’T hike after dark or attempt the trail during extreme weather conditions
If you’re looking for a unique, unforgettable adventure in South Florida, consider the Shark Valley Trails. The incredible scenery and rich wildlife make this trail one of the best hiking experiences in the state. With proper preparation, the journey will be a breeze!