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More popular than Shark Valley (in my opinion not as good for wildlife), the Anhinga Trail/Flamingo key section of the park offers the visitor a good opportunity to view some of the park's inhabitants from the safety of a raised walk way.
For the best impact, try to be at the park early morning, around 8:30am when the herons and Egrets are fishing near the shore line.

There is a nice interpretive nature center when you first enter the park with a nice deck for viewing gators and other local birdlife.
It is a good place to stop and get a sense of the park and the importance of the "River of Grass" and mangroves and how they protect our state from storms and water surge, especially during the Atlantic hurricane season.

Although I live closer to this section of the park than the less traveled to: Shark Valley, I prefer the latter for wildlife and photographic opportunities.
It seems that, in this section of the park, you're constantly driving long distances between points of interest with little to see other than sawgrass and open prairie.
The majority of the parks wildlife congregate around water ways and gator holes which, this section of the park lacks aside from the following:

Anhinga Trail (short walk - can be completed in less than 1/2 hour).
Perotis Pond (good look at a bird rookery during breeding season but too far away for good photography)
9-Mile pond (nice for watching Osprey fishing but, generally, very uneventful and no coverage from sun.
Flamingo - a marina set against the bay. Hit or miss due to crowds and, at the other end of the park so expect a good 40 minute drive from the actual entrance.

There is also the fact that it is located in southern most Miami Dade county, west of Florida City where the Turnpike ends and US1 join.
For people staying in Miami or, Miami Beach, Shark Valley may be more convinient.

Address: 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034-6733
Directions: Turnpike until it ends at US1
Traffic light (Royal Pam Drive) S.W. 344th (right)
To Krome (Robert is Here fruit stand) Left
Stop sign (Right) - follw signs to park

Phone: 305-242-7700
Website: http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/anhinga-trail.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 9, 2009
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