Shark Valley Scenic Loop, Everglades National Park, Florida
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The scenic loop is 15 miles (24 km) round-trip. There are no short cuts. If you become unable to complete the entire 15-mile trip, turn around and return on the same road.
Bicycling the road takes an average of 2 to 3 hours. The parking lot closes at 6 PM, so be sure to allow yourself enough time. Ride your bike opposite the flow of tram traffic. Start behind the Visitor Center and follow the straight West Road.
Keep a safe distance from alligators - 15 feet (5 m).
Along the road are four "borrow pits" where stone to build the scenic road was dug out. During the dry winter months, these artificial ponds attract wildlife. Look for alligators, anhingas, wading birds, and turtles around these man-made "gator holes."
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