|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – May 2009
Take is stunning rivers and waterfalls, killer views, and amazing wildlife in Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Texas with these hikes.
Long Pine Key Nature Trail, FL 13.3 miles (Moderate)
See the unique forest-and-wetlands habitat–and diverse wildlife–of Everglades National Park on this long-but-level hike. Islands of slash pines dot the marshy grassland, providing refuge for mammals like white-tailed deer, black bears, bobcats, and the endangered Florida panther. (The latter is rarely seen; fewer than 70 panthers remain in the wild.) The first five miles of this lollipop loop traverse a former logging grade open to hikers and bikers; then it follows a hiker-only trail through open sawgrass prairie. Pack bug repellent.
Season Winter and spring