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Shark Valley is at the heart of an area in Everglades National Park sometimes known as the "True Everglades" or the "River of Grass." These freshwater sawgrass marshes are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
This 15-mile loop is a flat, paved road used for the park's tram tours, but is also available for bicyclists and pedestrians. Marking the halfway point, the Observation Tower offers panoramic views of the sawgrass marshes. You may spot alligators, birds, deer, turtles, or fish. Remember to bring water as there is little to no shade along the route.
The Shark Valley Visitor Center (36000 SW 8th St, Miami) has restrooms, bicycle rentals, and guided tram tours. There are additional restrooms by the Observation Tower. The park also has a few other short trails, including the Otter Cave Hammock Trail and the Bobcat Boardwalk.
The park does have an entrance fee, which varies. Visit the Fees & Passes page on the Everglades National Park website for more information. Check the Shark Valley page for information on hours and alerts.
Parking is available at the Shark Valley Visitor Center (36000 SW 8th St, Miami).
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