Below you will find the best 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.
|Nearest Metro Area||Miami, FL|
|Area Size||172,971 acres|
|Established||June 28, 1980|
|Hiking Trails||8 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
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
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