Preserving 450 acres of Everglades habitats on the edge of Pembroke Pines, Chapel Trail Nature Preserve makes an excellent birding destination as well as an easy-to-reach sampler of the flora and fauna found throughout the greater Everglades ecosystems of Southeast Florida.
Location: Pembroke Pines
Length: 0.8 mile
Lat-Lon: 26.029029, -80.412720
Fees / Permits: free
Bug factor: moderate to high
Restroom: at the parking area
Open Mon-Sat 7:30 AM-sunset, Sun 7:30 AM-6 PM
Canoe rentals are available Saturday mornings for $7/hr or $15/4 hrs
Follow Sheridan Street for 3.7 miles west from I-75 to the park entrance on the left at 19800 Sheridan St, Pembroke Pines, or from US 27 drive east for 1.3 miles to the entrance on the right.
This is a healthy urban remnant of the original Everglades ecosystem that was supplanted by development east of US 27, and you can explore it by canoe or by foot. The boardwalk zigzags over the open water, providing rest stops with benches and a few covered shelters. Periphyton floats on the glassy surface of the swamp. Interpretive information speaks to the variety of wading birds found here as well as the plant life.