In this hammock, you enter a world inhabited by rare and tiny creatures—the colorful and endangered liguus tree snails of South Florida’s hammocks. You’ll likely enjoy spotting liguus snails on the trees— look for them grazing on algae on smooth-barked trees such as Spanish stopper and Jamaican dogwood. An outdoor classroom surrounds the remnants of a whiskey still circa 1881.
Length: 0.25 mile
Lat-Long: 25.746467, -80.947850
Fees / Permits: none
Good for: botanical wonders, wildlife
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Bug factor: annoying
Across the road, the Everglades Environmental Center is open to youth groups and educators for specialized environmental programs. .
From US 41 at the west end of the Miccosukee Reservation, turn south on Loop Rd and follow it through Pinecrest until you see the Everglades Environmental Center on the left. Park on the left; the trail starts across from the center on the north side of the road.
It’s a loop through a dense, dark tropical hammock, where the petite trees create a tunnel through which the trail passes. There are surface limestone outcrops along the trail, and sword ferns grow along the edge of a sluggish slough. A whisk fern perches in a strangler fig. It’s a short and easy walk, with yellow ropes delineating the footpath and lots of benches along the way. Walk slowly, so you can stop and spot snails on the smooth-barked tropical trees.