Everglades National Park | PINELANDS TRAIL

Pinelands Trail in Everglades National Park

Pinelands Trail in Everglades National Park

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Length: .4-mile loop
Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

The Pinelands Trail is located at a roadside pullout along Main Park Road (FL 9336) not long after passing the turnoff for the Long Pine Key Campground. This is a standard nature trail that leads through a pine forest, one of the many habitats found in Everglades National Park. Signage along the trail discusses the nature of the area. The trail is paved and suitable for everyone, including those in wheelchairs.

The Pinelands Trail leads through a pine forest along a paved path

The Pinelands Trail leads through a pine forest along a paved path

From the parking lot, walk down the path until coming to where it forks—this is the start of the loop. Though you can walk in either direction, the trail is designed to be hiked in a counterclockwise manner, so take a right at the fork. The trail signs are facing you as you walk in this direction, whereas if you come around the other way you will see the backs of the signs.

Signs along the Pinelands Trail educate visitors on the pineland habitat

Signs along the Pinelands Trail educate visitors on the pineland habitat

Before hiking the Pinelands Trail, I had just come from biking down the Old Ingraham Highway Trail, a trail on which I was constantly brushing up against what I prayed was not poisonwood, a bush version of poison ivy. My fears were put to rest after hiking the Pinelands Trail because it had an information sign on poisonwood, and that’s not what was on the Old Ingraham Highway. See, you do learn a few things on these nature trails.

Information on poisonwood

Information on poisonwood

Flowers blooming along the Pinelands Trail in January

Flowers blooming along the Pinelands Trail in January

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Last updated on February 21, 2021
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