Everglades National Park Stories and Tips

Shark Valley - Everglades Natl Park

I’m not exactly sure where the name Shark Valley comes from because there are no valleys to be found nearby and no sharks have been spotted here in over a million years. Regardless of the meaning of the name, this area remains one of the Everglades' most picturesque areas. The 15-mile loop that travels almost 8 miles into the Everglade marshes passes along several hardwood islands, many, many acres of sawgrass, and more frequent alligator sightings. Visitors can travel the path by way of a two-hour tram tour, three-hour leisurely bike tour, or on foot.

There's an observation tower a few miles into the trail that makes a great stopping point for snacks or picnics, and educational plaques can be found all along the trail to help you recognize the surrounding wonders.

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