Loop Road

Loop Road of Everglades: watch out for alligators

Loop Road, also known as County Road 94, is a very scenic drive located in the Everglades National Park, in southern Florida, USA. In the summer, parts of the road can be under water.

This scenic road, which runs through some of the most remote areas of the preserve, is 24 miles long. It is located south of the current path of Tamiami Trail. The eastern seven miles are paved and after that, it’s gravel or dirt. Please watch for animals, especially alligators, and drive carefully. The road provides access to spectacular Florida scenery and opportunities for wildlife viewing. Lots of critters can be found along this road, which is probably on average 18 inches above the surrounding waterscape.

The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. It makes necessary to drive carefully and slow down whenever approaching an oncoming car. The eastern end of Loop Road is paved, with the pavement ending at the Loop Road Environmental Education, run by the National Park, where you can walk the Tree Snail Hammock Nature Trail or stop for a picnic. After this point, the road turns into gravel, but it has been recently upgraded, making it easier on cars than it has been in the past. In the summer, parts of the road can be under water.

Al Capone had a hunting lodge here during the Depression. Not much traffic. The road has a lot of potholes that can send you flying if you're not watchful. The appearance of the dirt road makes it seem unfinished, which hints at once-grand development plans that were never fully realized. Be prepared to drive 20mph or less.

 

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