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Southern Glades Trail starts along SR 9336, outside Everglades National Park (south entrance), about 1 mile east of the Coe Visitor Center. From the small parking area, it runs south and east 13 miles along the C111 canal through a section of National Park lands, then the Southern Glades Wildlife and Environmental Area to Manatee Bay. Access is limited to the two end points (SR 9336, US 1). Another leg branches off along the C111E canal - about midway, where the trail crosses the canal over a lock (see map).
Overview Map... Southern Glades Trail
Location: Miami-Dade County (See
Mileage: 13 miles (more connecting)
Surface: Limestone, gravel
Nearby Points of Interest: Everglades National Park, Southern Glades Wildlife and Environmental Area, Everglades Alligator Farm
Bike Shops/Rentals: N/A
Rough surface means generally slower biking (for most), so if going for any distance, a good rule is to bring more the water than you think you'll need. Wildlife along the canal include fish, alligators, turtles, snakes, hawks and other birds. To the north, across SR 9336, the path along the levee becomes the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway. To the south, continuing along US 1. it's just 10 miles to Key Largo and the Overseas Heritage Trail.
At the northern end at SR 9336 is a parking area on the east side of the canal, cross over the lock to the west side for the trail.
If you're driving, parking at the trailhead off US 1 near the southern end is across the canal from the trail. A ramp leads to the trailhead (parking and boat ramp). To reach the trail, go back onto US 1 and ride across the bridge to another ramp (no-entry signs say for "official use only") and then around a gate to reach the trail.
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