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Miami’s 9 best hiking areas, mapped

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While Miami is not thought of as a classic hiking destination in the same breath as the likes of California, Arizona or Colorado due to its consistently flat elevation, South Florida does offer plenty of fine green spaces to explore—on land and water.

Hiking in Miami should not be thought of purely as a feet-on-the-ground activity as some of the best “trails” are actually on the water, creating unique adventures via paddle board, canoe, or kayak.

With CBS Miami, Miami.com, and Miami and Beaches providing some inspiration, we mapped out the nine best hiking areas across Miami. Did we miss your favorite spot? Please email us or drop a line in the comments down below.

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1. Everglades National Park

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Encompassing 1.5 million acres, the Everglades certainly took a hit from Hurricane Irma but it could’ve been so much worse. Keep in mind just how protective the area can be before your next visit. It shields us from incoming storms by reducing storm surge and absorbing floodwater. A common field trip for Miamians in elementary and middle school, the wetland offers plenty of hiking trails. Just watch out for those gators!

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2. Oleta River State Park

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Encompassing over 1,000 acres along Biscayne Bay in North Miami is the Oleta River State Park, which is bustling with Casuarina trees and invasive species. It’s a great place to paddleboarding, kayaking, and canoeing.

3. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

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Located in Key Biscayne is Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, the home of a historic lighthouse that was originally built in 1825 and remains the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. The area is a great place for biking, kayaking, hiking, or an old-fashioned picnic.

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4. Kendall Indian Hammocks Park

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11395 SW 79th St
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 596-9324
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One of Miami’s best kept secrets, this park in Kendall is uniquely comprised of hiking trails underneath tropical hardwood hammocks. 

5. Greynolds Park

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17530 W Dixie Hwy
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
(305) 945-3425
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This 249-acre park features a hardwood hammock and mangrove forest. The adjacent Oleta River was once a source of transportation for Tequesta Indians.

6. FIU Nature Preserve

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11200 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33199
(305) 348-3717
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A natural escape for FIU students, its three ecosystems feature 13 endangered plants, 15 threatened plants, and 238 other plants and animals. There’s also a jogging trail, comprised of over 5,600 recycled tires, and six workout stations.

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7. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

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10901 Old Cutler Rd
Coral Gables, FL 33156
(305) 667-1651
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Among South Florida’s most vibrant and well known green spaces, Fairchild is an 83-acre botanic garden booming with palms, cycads, vines, and so much more.

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8. Arch Creek Park

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Arch Creek Park, 1855 NE 135th St
North Miami, FL 33181
(305) 944-6111
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The smallest park on our list at just over nine acres, Arch Creek’s name is derived from a 40-foot natural limestone bridge over a creek and was a site of the Tequesta Indians.

9. AD Barnes Park

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6731 SW 33rd St
Miami, FL 33155

Explore nature trails within the 65-acre AD Barnes Park, which is nestled in the city near Coral Terrace. This park includes a bird and wild animal sanctuary in 15 acres of native plants and trees.

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1. Everglades National Park

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Encompassing 1.5 million acres, the Everglades certainly took a hit from Hurricane Irma but it could’ve been so much worse. Keep in mind just how protective the area can be before your next visit. It shields us from incoming storms by reducing storm surge and absorbing floodwater. A common field trip for Miamians in elementary and middle school, the wetland offers plenty of hiking trails. Just watch out for those gators!

2. Oleta River State Park

Oleta River State Park, Florida

Encompassing over 1,000 acres along Biscayne Bay in North Miami is the Oleta River State Park, which is bustling with Casuarina trees and invasive species. It’s a great place to paddleboarding, kayaking, and canoeing.

3. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Florida 33149

Located in Key Biscayne is Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, the home of a historic lighthouse that was originally built in 1825 and remains the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. The area is a great place for biking, kayaking, hiking, or an old-fashioned picnic.

4. Kendall Indian Hammocks Park

11395 SW 79th St, Miami, FL 33173

One of Miami’s best kept secrets, this park in Kendall is uniquely comprised of hiking trails underneath tropical hardwood hammocks. 

11395 SW 79th St
Miami, FL 33173

5. Greynolds Park

17530 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

This 249-acre park features a hardwood hammock and mangrove forest. The adjacent Oleta River was once a source of transportation for Tequesta Indians.

17530 W Dixie Hwy
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

6. FIU Nature Preserve

11200 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33199

A natural escape for FIU students, its three ecosystems feature 13 endangered plants, 15 threatened plants, and 238 other plants and animals. There’s also a jogging trail, comprised of over 5,600 recycled tires, and six workout stations.

11200 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33199

7. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156

Among South Florida’s most vibrant and well known green spaces, Fairchild is an 83-acre botanic garden booming with palms, cycads, vines, and so much more.

10901 Old Cutler Rd
Coral Gables, FL 33156

8. Arch Creek Park

Arch Creek Park, 1855 NE 135th St, North Miami, FL 33181

The smallest park on our list at just over nine acres, Arch Creek’s name is derived from a 40-foot natural limestone bridge over a creek and was a site of the Tequesta Indians.

Arch Creek Park, 1855 NE 135th St
North Miami, FL 33181

9. AD Barnes Park

6731 SW 33rd St, Miami, FL 33155
Photo: Naty K./Yelp

Explore nature trails within the 65-acre AD Barnes Park, which is nestled in the city near Coral Terrace. This park includes a bird and wild animal sanctuary in 15 acres of native plants and trees.

6731 SW 33rd St
Miami, FL 33155