Take a tropical hike in a natural tropical forest in Florida.
One of the delights of outdoor recreation in Florida are the tropical forests – we call them tropical hammocks – that grace our coastline from the central part of the state south into the Florida Keys. Florida is the only place you can hike, bike, or paddle through a tropical forest in the continental United States. Many of the trees you find in these forests have their origins from Caribbean islands.
That means you shouldn’t go off-trail in a tropical forest, since there are two very toxic species of tropical trees in Florida that you need to be on the lookout for: the poisonwood and the manchineel. They are dangerous just to brush against, and their fruit can be deadly to humans, although it sustains the endangered white-crowned pigeon found in the Florida Keys.