Here in the Sunshine State, we have some of the most stunning shades of green landscape in the U.S., along with some of the hottest weather β€” and not to mention a whole lot of humidity. If you are looking for a way to get out into the Florida wild without drowning in sweat, don't worry, your low-impact hiking dreams are very possible. We did a bit of digging and put together this list of the best boardwalk hiking trails in South Florida, so that you can soak up all of nature's vibes without ending up, well, soaked.

Grab your bestie, your bae, or the whole squad and get ready to wander some really dreamy spots without committing to a whole day on your feet.

Four Mile Cove Eco Preserve

Price: Free

Address: East end of SE 23 Terrace, Cape Coral, Florida

Why You Should Go: Walkers will love their short boardwalk trail, where you can spot exotic birds like herons and ibis. If you aren't in the mood to walk at all, anyone over the age of 6 can bond with nature from the waves via their kayak trail.

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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Price: $14 for adults, $6 for students with a valid ID

Address: 375 Sanctuary Rd., Naples, Florida

Why You Should Go: This stunning natural preserve has a particularly long boardwalk that winds through 2.5 miles of cypress trees. If you are looking for a long, shaded walk in a relaxing green space, this is the spot to check out with your friends.

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Centennial Trail

Price: Free

Address: 4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, Florida

Why You Should Go: This spot is perfect for one of those days that you don't want to spend on your feet. The boardwalk is only .75 miles long, which means you can cover it quickly. The high-point is an 18 ft. observation tower that will give you all the views without the intense trekking.

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Calusa Shell Mound Trail

Price: $5 per vehicle, or $1 per pedestrian or cyclist

Address: Wildlife Dr., Sanibel, Florida

Why You Should Go: Located on the dreamy Sanibel Island, this trail at the JN "Ding" Darling Preserve will give you great views of local waterways. An added plus is that you can actually bring your bike with you on the trail.

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Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk

Price: $3 per vehicle, or $2 per pedestrian

Address: 137 Coastline Dr., Copeland, Florida

Why You Should Go: This 2,500-foot trail at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is the ideal spot for spotting wild alligators. Its observation deck looks out onto a pond that is a great spot to snap some photos with a little dose of eerie.

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Kirby Storter Boardwalk

Price: Free

Address: 4890 Tamiami Trail E., Ochopee, Florida

Why You Should Go: This one-mile walk is the perfect road trip stop for folks traveling on Tamiami Trail. Take a stroll through the cypress trees and wander up to a gator hole, where you might just get a glimpse of Florida's wild side. Stargazing in this area is also #top.

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Now, it's time for you to decide which one of these spots gives you the best feel for Florida's gorgeous wilderness and get out there exploring!


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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