At Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, wind your way through one of urban Miami’s last stands of natural forest, a hardwood hammock known as the Snapper Creek Glade. Were it not for the sounds of civilization intruding, you’d feel lost in the midst of a large tropical hammock, with wild coffee rising over your head, and willow bustic and mastic creating a dense canopy.
Length: 0.7 mile
Lat-Long: 25.695383, -80.373817
Type: loop with many intersecting pathways
Fees / Permits: free
Bug factor: moderate to high
Restroom: near the softball fields
Open 7-sunset. Be mindful of poison ivy in the understory. Some trails off of the main trail may be indistinct.
The park includes a skate court, disc golf, and ballfields as well as a picnic area and playground. The disc golf course surrounds the edge of the tropical hammock.
Kendall Indian Hammocks Park website
From Florida’s Turnpike, take the North Kendall Dr exit (SW 88th St) and drive east to SW 107th Ave. Turn left (north) and continue 0.4 mile to park entrance on left. The Nature Trail begins at the “Nature Trail” sign near the west end of the first parking lot on the left. Park address: 11395 SW 79 Street, Miami, FL
A network of trails runs through the hammock; follow the numbered posts for the main loop. This trail is a true oasis in the urban mass: enjoy the wild jungle-like atmosphere, with scattered chunks of oolitic limestone rising from the forest floor; feel like a kid again when you climb over and under fallen trees.
A map is shown in the interpretive guide, available at the trailhead or at the park office. View a park map showing the disc golf course that surrounds the nature trail