“A paved route through the Everglades' "River of Grass," punctuated by fantastic views from the Shark Valley Observation Tower
— Hunter R
Birding · Views · Wildlife
Tram Trail is a long, paved route that provides visitors with a firsthand experience in the Everglades' characteristic "River of Grass."
There is no way to shortcut the loop, so for those unable or unwilling to complete the trek, bicycle rentals are available at Shark Valley Tram Tours, located near the visitor center.
After parking at the Shark Valley Visitor Center, start the journey heading west along the road. Continue along the road with your eyes peeled for this trail's characteristic "borrows" - pits left by excavation of the limestone bedrock used to construct the Tram Trail. These burrows offer refuge to many types of wildlife, including alligators, anhingas, wading birds, and turtles, so be sure to keep an eye out. For those with binoculars, these burrows offer visitors the perfect opportunity to use them.
One thing to note about this route is that the heat can be brutal during the summer months. Regardless of what time you visit the Tram Trail, be sure to drink plenty of water en route to your run, as well as on the trail.
Florida heat can be brutal, and the last thing you want is your scenic running experience to be spoiled by improper hydration. For those that need to refill their water bottles along the way, there is a water fountain located near the Shark Valley Observation Tower
, approximately half way around the loop.
The Tram Trail is a long distance to run with children, but if they are up for it, they will love to view the abundant wildlife and peaceful scenery along the way. Families with children may want to consider using bicycles for the journey, as this can make the experience a little more painless, while still allowing visitors to take in their beautiful surroundings.
Flora & Fauna
Alligators, anhingas, wading birds, and turtles have been known to collect around the road's numerous borrow pits.