The Pa-hay-okee Overlook Trail is on the Main Park Road to Flamingo, just over 12 miles from the park entrance.
The boardwalk extends for just under a quarter mile into the sawgrass, one of the oldest plant species in the world.
Sawgrass richly deserves its name, but it’s better to learn that by sight than by touch. Its tiny sharp teeth both discourage animals from grazing on it and help trap water during the dry season. On foggy nights the dew will condense on the plant’s teeth and roll down the V-shaped midrib to the roots.
Classified as a sedge (Caladium jamaicense), the sawgrass extends as a river 100 miles north and south from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf Mexico, and 50-75 miles from east to west.
You may see an alligator here but more likely it will be the birdlife that attracts your attention: red-shouldered hawks, red-winged blackbirds, and that most essential scavenger, the vulture.
In Florida, vultures are protected by law.