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.