Bicycling at Shark Valley is a great way to experience the quiet beauty of the Everglades. As the sawgrass prairie slowly unfolds before your eyes, stop and take a moment to enjoy the life that abounds. Along the road are four artificial lakes known as borrow pits. These pits are areas where limestone has been extracted, crushed into gravel, then used to raise the level of the tram road. In the winter months, when the sawgrass prairie is dry, the borrow pits serve as water holes that attract a variety of wildlife. Look for alligators, wading birds, and anhingas around these artificial "gator holes." The bike path is 15 miles round trip. There are no short cuts. If you become tired or are unable to complete the entire 15-mile trip, turn around and return on the same road. Bicycling the road takes an average of two to three hours, but varies with physical stamina and personal interests. The parking lot closes at 6:00 p.m., so be sure to allow enough time. You can rent bicycles at the tram office.

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Review of Shark Valley Tram Road

Active and Adventure Review of Shark Valley Tram Road

Away Travel Editor: Alistair Wearmouth
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Editor Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Road Biking
Editor Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Travel opposite the flow of tram traffic. Bikes should begin the road traveling south along the straight West Road, starting behind the Visitor Center. Encounters with trams will be less frequent traveling in this direction.
  • Obvious safety advice (but it's worth repeating): never approach the wildlife, even if that sunning 'gator looks asleep. Keep a safe distance (10 to 15 feet) from 'gators on the road.

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