December 28, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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Limited to 30 participants. A moderate combination walk/hike over some of my favorite trails in the Everglades totaling approximately 6.5 miles. If you have not been to this area of the park you are in for a BIG surprise. It's well worth the trip. Bring Lunch and at least 1 quart of water. We will eat on picnic benches after the hike. Restrooms will be available.
We'll meet at the Coe Visitor Center to gather ourselves and drive to the following trails which are close to the Center:
Pa-hay-okee Overlook- The Pa-hay-okee Overlook Trail is a short interpretive loop trail which showcases the vast saw grass prairie of the Everglades. Pa-hay-okee is actually a Seminole phrase which means "grassy waters". This terrain has remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years and was home to native tribes including the Calusa and Miccosukee Indians.
Anhinga Trail- This self-guiding trail winds through a sawgrass marsh, where you may see alligators, turtles, anhingas, herons, egrets, and many other birds, especially during the winter. This is one the most popular trails in the park because of its abundance of wildlife.
Long Pine Key Trails- Connecting trails through pinelands run 7 miles (11 km) west from the Long Pine Key campground to the Pine Glades Lake along the main park road. We'll hike about 5 miles on this trail.
This will be a guaranteed interesting day. After our series of hikes, those who are interested may join me at Robert Is Here farm stand for some scrumptious shakes, exotic fruits and boiled peanuts (a gourmet delight).
I'm keeping our number down to 30 participants. My cell is [masked]. Carpools are encouraged. Be safe and know who you are riding with.
Take the Florida Turnpike to the end which is Florida City. Merge with Route 1 SOUTH (Dixie Highway) for one block. Right turn onto E. Palm which is State Route 9336. Continue on Route 9336 which makes 2 turns, one left turn at Robert's Farm and one right turn shortly thereafter. Just follow the brown signs to Everglades Park and drive about 10 minutes to the Welcome Center. Wait there.
There is an admission fee to the park. If you have a senior federal park pass ($10. per year) there is no additional admission.