Best Day Hikes in Biscayne National Park

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Below you will find the best day hikes in Biscayne National Park! Located right next to Miami, more than 95% of Biscayne is water and as such there are only a handful of ‘hiking’ trails that visitors can take. Most visitors spend their time here on boat tours, fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling, and paddling. There is a 7-mile long trail on Elliott Key called the ‘Spite Highway’ but the scenery remains the same throughout. The Jetty Trail below is the most scenic and a good way to spend 30 minutes to an hour while you are waiting for a boat tour to begin. Official Website.

StateFlorida
Nearest Metro AreaMiami, FL
Area Size172,971 acres
EstablishedJune 28, 1980
Hiking Trails8 miles

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Trailhead Traveler’s Recommended Hikes in Biscayne National Park

1. Jetty Trail

This is a short and easy walk along the mangrove-lined shore next to the Dante Fascell Visitor Center and leads to the Colonial Bird Protection Area. Half of the trail is boardwalk while the other half is a smooth sand/gravel surface. The trailhead can be accessed next to the Visitor Center about 30 miles south of Miami.

  • 0.5 miles – Out and back
  • No elevation gain
  • Easy

2. Spite Highway Trail

This trail runs approximately six miles down the center of the island. It affords a good opportunity to see a variety of habitats in the maritime forest.

  • 6.0 miles – one-way
  • No elevation gain
  • Easy

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