Although the city of Ft Lauderdale, FL is known worldwide for its beaches and summer resorts, there are many places for non-water activities around the area. Whether you live in Fort Lauderdale or are visiting the city, these are some great ideas of hiking trails where you can get away from the city life, do some exercise and check out the natural beauties of the surrounding areas. Pack some comfortable clothes and head to these scenic spots.

3 of the Best Hiking Trails Near Ft Lauderdale, FL

1. Tree Top Loop

Located less than 15 miles west of downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Tree Top Loop has a length of a little under three miles and almost no elevation. It is located within the territory of the Tree 

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Tops Park, where you can not only hike but also practice outdoor activities, including horseback riding, fishing, boating, and wildlife observation. The park is open all year round, with most visitors being residents of the Ft. Lauderdale metropolitan area.

Getting from the center of Fort Lauderdale to the entrance of the Tree Top Park takes a little under 20 minutes following route I-595 W. Once there, you will need to pay an entrance fee of $1.50 per person during the weekend, while the place is accessible free of charge during the rest of the week. The hiking trail is also accessible for dogs as long as they are kept leashed at all times.

2. Secret Woods Nature Center

Built along the shores of the South Fork New River, the Secret Woods Nature Center is a popular destination among Fort Lauderdale locals. It is located right in the Riverland neighborhood, not too far away from the city center and the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Inside the nature center, you will find the New River Trail, surrounded by mangroves and cypresses all along and following the shores of the nearby river.

While being inside the Secret Woods Nature Center will make you feel as if you were far away from the city center, the proximity to the airport allows visitors to see jets taking off and landing while walking along the trails. Although the place is open all year round, during the summer months, it is recommended to visit in the afternoon, avoiding the warmest hours of the day and enjoying the beautiful sunsets along the river.

3. Hugh Birch State Park Perimeter Loop

The Hugh Birch State Park is located on the eastern side of Fort Lauderdale, right along the seaside. It features a beautiful perimeter trail with a length of a little under three miles, as well as smaller inner routes within its territory. The hiking trail goes through a Mangrove Habitat and paths surrounded by cypresses and other local trees and flowers. To enter the State Park, a small fee is required.

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