Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Walk on the Anhinga Trail in the Florida Everglades

anhinga trail florida everglades heron anhinga

The Anhinga Trail is located at the Royal Palm Visitor Center, which is not too far from the main entrance of the Everglades National Park in Homestead, FL.

The trail is less than a mile round trip and wheelchair accessible.

cat tails in the everglades

It took us about 45 minutes to an hour to drive from Shark Valley to the Royal Palm Visitor Center.  The drive was pretty interesting, a lot of small roads through various agriculture areas.  At one point, we were directed through an actual field, because the road was closed.  I was glad my friend was driving.

Once we arrived at the Everglades National Park, we showed the ranger our receipt from Shark Valley and got right in.  Remember, your receipt is good for seven consecutive days at the park.

We stopped at the Ernest Coe Visitor Center and ate our sandwiches that we had packed on a bench.  Then we explored the visitor center, which had a lot of exhibits to learn about, and very helpful Rangers to answer any questions that you may have.

gator at the anhinga trail

When you arrive at the Royal Palm Visitor Center and park your car; look around and see if there are any black vultures around.  They like to eat the rubber on your car.  Do not park near a group of them and cover your car.  There were bins of tarps near the visitors center that you can use, or you can use a wet sheet or towel.  

On this trip, they were not around, but the last time I was here, it looked like this:

black vultures on car in the everglades

Past the Gift Shop/Visitor Center, is the Anhinga Trail.  This trail is full of wildlife.  We saw Blue Herons and quite a lot of different scenery.

bromeliads in the Florida Everglades

We saw many gators

lilly pads and an alligator

Towards the end of the trail, we noticed this family down in the bushes near the water.  Here they were trying to take a photo with a gator!  DO NOT DO THIS!  it only takes a second and their whole trip and maybe life would be ruined.  Just use the telephoto lens and memories.

If you have time, take a walk on the Gumbo Limbo Trail.  It is less than a mile long and it would be over to your left, when you finish the Anhinga Trail.

To find out more information about the Everglades National Park you can click on their link.  Also, you can find out about your child becoming a Junior Ranger and download a Junior Ranger Book.

gumbo limbo trail in the everglades

gumbo limbo hiking trail in the everglades

We really enjoyed our time here.