BEST PLACE TO HIKE (2005)
Big Cypress National Preserve
www.nps.gov/bicy/sandytrail Why drive more than an hour just to find a place to hike? Because the drive across the Everglades is itself engrossing, and because Big Cypress boasts far more hiking trails, and a greater variety of trails, than anywhere else in South Florida. The Website address above will take you directly to the preserve's hiking page. You'll be surprised what you find, not least of which are the warnings: difficult terrain, waist-deep water, disorientation. There are a number of trail options for light hikers, including some that stay high and dry all year. But you know you're in marvelously challenging territory when park service experts practically scream at you to carry a GPS unit with extra batteries -- and you'd better know how to use it!
More Sports & Recreation Awards
BEST URBAN BIKE RIDEGranada Boulevard
BEST PLACE TO TRACK BIKEThe Velodrome at Brian Piccolo Park
BEST PLACE TO ROLLERBLADEOld Cutler Road from Cocoplum/Le Jeune Circle to Ludlam Road
BEST PLACE TO ROAD BIKEKey Biscayne