Long Pine Key Nature Trail
in Everglades National Park
Leaders: Roger Hammer, retired Miami-Dade County naturalist, author, photographer and native plant aficionado
Start Time at Site: 8:00 AM
End Time at Site: 12:00 PM
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Lunch Included? No
Handicap Access: No
Cost: $7 + Nat'l Park Entrance Fee (see below)
This field trip traverses pine rockland, Everglades prairie, and tropical hardwood hammock plant communities (on hiking trails). Pine rockland is a globally imperiled plant community and harbors a number of rare, endangered, and endemic wildflowers. The Everglades prairies harbor other interesting wildflowers, including grass-pink orchids. Mosier Hammock is where we will see many species of tropical hardwood trees with ranges that are restricted to southern Florida.
Fee: $7 + National Park Entrance Fee for a private vehicle without a National Park pass is $25. Carpooling in advance or at the Coe Visitor Center gathering point are options. Check in advance at the Conference Registration tables to better understand carpooling options.
What to bring: Bring water, sunscreen, hat, insect repellant. Wear long pants and close-toed shoes (sneakers) that you don't mind getting wet or muddy (just in case). Bring a lunch if you would like to enjoy it with others after the hike.
Directions to gathering point at Coe Visitor Center, 40001 State Hwy 9336, Homestead, FL 33034*: Take Krome Avenue (or US1) south through Homestead and Florida City to SW 344 St; turn right and continue west to SW 192 Avenue (look for "Robert Is Here" fruit stand; turn left and continue south to Highway 9336 (look for the state prison); turn right and continue to Everglades National Park; take the first angled right to the Ernest Coe Visitor Center. Roger Hammer will begin the adventure from there.
There are many other trails available to hike if you decide to spend the rest of the day in the park on your own or with friends.
*Note: Click link (gathering point address above) for real-time directions from your location using Google Maps. If you would like to view directions from the Miccosukee Resort, enter the starting point as 500 SW 177th Ave, Miami, FL 33194. By allowing more time than you think is required, you can make your ride there more relaxing.
GPS Location: 25.39544 -80.58394