Shark Valley is located on the northern edge of the park and
features the sawgrass expanse of the Shark River Slough. Islands of
tropical hardwood hammocks dot the landscape. Visitors can walk,
bicycle, or take a two-hour tram ride to an observation tower
overlooking the sawgrass marsh midway around a paved loop trail.
The Everglades City Ranger Station at the park's western edge
supplies passes for backcountry camping in the Ten Thousand
Islands, which can be explored only by boat, canoe, or kayak. A
concessionaire downstairs from the ranger station offers
interpretive boat tours through the islands.
Fish, turtles, alligators, and wading birds can be seen from the
Shark Valley tower in and around the borrow ponds. Look for
red-shouldered hawks, snail kites, northern harriers, and
occasional rare short-tailed hawks over the marsh. White-tailed
deer are often seen lingering near the edges of hammocks or
bounding through belly-deep water in the marsh. In the Ten Thousand
Islands, expect to see many shorebirds, white ibis, roseate
spoonbills, black skimmers (winter and spring), bald eagles (winter
and spring), ospreys, magnificent frigatebirds (summer), nesting
wading birds and brown pelicans, bottle-nosed dolphins, manatees,
as well as sharks, rays, and other large fish.
National Park Service
Shark Valley:From Interstate 95 in Miami, drive west on U.S.
Highway 41 for 35 miles. The park entrance is on the south side of
Everglades City:Travel south on Florida Highway 29, from the
intersection with Tamiami Trail, for 4.8 miles.
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