Mahogany Hammock Trail
The trailhead: The Mahogany Hammock Trail is on the Main Park Road to Flamingo, turn right at about 19.5 miles from the park entrance.
What you'll see
This half-mile trail is noted for having the nation’s largest mahogany tree, with a girth of 12 feet and a height of 90 feet.
Mahogany hammocks like this one are rare today in Florida. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Spanish cut down most of the mahogany in the nearby Keys for ship building.
Hard and durable, mahogany has long been highly prized for making furniture and boats.
The hammock can have good bird watching especially early and late. Woodpeckers are easier to hear than see.
Based on the racket they sometimes create in the still quiet, they should all be large, like the pileated woodpecker.
Approach them quietly in order not to scare them away or make them move around to the other side of the tree, a favorite trick.
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