Explore Anhinga Trail

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By: Shayne Benowitz

The Anhinga Trail is a loop trail (part boardwalk, part paved) just under a mile long that winds through sawgrass prairies and a slough in Everglades National Park. Situated near the Royal Palm Information Center and Bookstore as well as the popular Gumbo Limbo Trail, the trailhead is a quick drive from the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center and the park’s Homestead entrance, south of Miami. The Anhinga Trail is accessible to walkers of all fitness levels, and is wheelchair accessible, making it a great trail for families. Visitors have the option to explore Anhinga on their own or join a ranger-guided tour to learn all about the Everglades’ unique ecosystem and wildlife. 


With its position on the natural freshwater drainage site Taylor Slough, a hike on Anhinga Trail is a near guarantee that you’ll spot alligators sunbathing on the shore or swimming through the slough. Remember to keep your distance from bodies of water. The trail is named for the anhinga water bird, which is recognizable by its dark, slender body and snake-like neck. Look for anhingas perched on trees or diving for fish in the waterway. Anhinga Trail is popular for its abundant wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled for turtles, herons, egrets, purple gallinules and more.

Plan Your Trip

While Everglades National Park is open with COVID-19 safety precautions in place, always call or check the park’s website for alerts and closures before making your journey. From Downtown Miami, it’s just over an hour's drive south to the Royal Palm Information Center and Bookstore near the trail. Various portions of the park sometimes close unexpectedly due to weather events, flooding and other issues. Don’t forget your sunscreen, a hat, bug spray, snacks and plenty of water to stay fueled and protected during your hike.

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