Take in the breathtaking beauty of Florida’s nature with an energizing hike!
It’s safe to say Miami is one of the best cities in the country, but our beloved Magic City is also surrounded by some absolutely stunning wilderness. From the sprawling paths of that lead to the heart of the Everglades to the more urban trails of Matheson Hammock Park, explore the great outdoors at these seven gorgeous spots, perfect for hikers of all levels. Oh and don’t forget to bring your camera with you cause these gorgeous trails serve some equally gorgeous views! Check them out:
1. Shark Valley Trail, Everglades
This 15.8-mile loop in the Everglades is the closest spot for long-distance hiking near Miami. A pretty accessible and easy trail all year round, the Shark Valley Trail takes you deep into the Everglades where you’ll be able to take in the gorgeous landscape and natural wildlife of South Florida. It’s all paved which makes it an accessible trail to everyone, but be mindful of the bikers that you may run into along the way!
2. Matheson Hammock Park Trail
Located in Coral Gables, Matheson Hammock Park is perhaps one of the closest hiking destinations to the Magic City. The park centers around a marina and a man-made atoll pool, while its nature trails offer a stunning trip through rugged terrain and tropical trees in one of the area’s portions of ancient hammock.
3. Oleta River State Park
Some of the harder trails on our list, Oleta River State Park’s paths are mainly designed for mountain bikers offering pedestrians a more moderate challenge when it comes to hiking through the park. The trail loop is almost 2 miles long but those wishing to add an extra couple of miles can veer off through the various offshoot paths along the main trail.
4. Florida Trail, Big Cypress
If you’re looking to really break away from civilization then the Florida Trail at Big Cypress National Preserve might just be for you. A 1,000-mile-long trail connecting Big Cypress at the tip of South Florida with Pensacola up north, the Florida trail’s unpaved and undeveloped paths are a must for serious backpackers and hikers. But if you’re looking to get a little taste of the expert level trail, you can always start at the Tamiami Trail rest stop and head about 30 miles north to I-75.
5. Anhinga Trail, Everglades
The Anhinga Trail is another great option for a fun day trip, especially if you’re a fan of the Everglades. The popular trail winds through a sawgrass marsh and is just under a mile. It is also a prime destination for wildlife spotting!
6. Bill Baggs Light House Trail, Cape Florida State Park
This three-mile loop in Key Biscayne is perfect for a laid-back, breezy stroll through the beach. The trail itself is pretty easy and will take you along some stunning views of clear blue waters as well as the historic Lighthouse located at the northmost point of the trail and which has been there for over 200 years!
7. Bear Cut Preserve Nature Trail
The Bear Cut Preserve is another great hiking destination in Key Biscane. This short two-mile hike will take you to the shoreline under the shade of tropical trees and will lead you across several beaches and sandy dunes. The northernmost point of the trail is home to 6,000-year-old mangrove tree fossils that have since formed a coral reef along the coast.
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