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Everglades National Park

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Everglades National Park protects a unique and unparalleled landscape. Spanning 1.5 million acres, the Everglades' wet sawgrass prairies, mangrove swamps, Florida Bay and Gulf Coast estuaries, and dry tropical hardwood hammocks and pinelands provide habitat for a wildlife spectacle like no other. The park is home to numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther as well as a host of other wildlife such as turtles, herons, alligators, and dolphins. Visitors can enjoy a multitude of activities including hiking, canoeing, biking, camping, ranger-led programs, tram tours, and boat tours. The opportunities to explore the amazing subtropical wilderness of the Everglades are endless.

To learn more about Everglades National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Everglades National Park has four visitor centers. The hours of operation vary by season and are subject to change. Check the park's website for current hours of operation.

  • Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center: Open 8 am to 5 pm mid-December to mid-April. Open 9 am to 5 pm mid-April to mid-December.
  • Flamingo Visitor Center: Open 8 am to 4:30 pm mid-November to mid-April. Off-season hours vary based on staffing.
  • Shark Valley Visitor Center: Open 8:30 am to 5 pm mid-December to mid-April. Open 9 am to 5 pm mid-April to mid-December.
  • Gulf Coast Visitor Center: Open 8 am to 4:30 pm mid-November to mid-April. Open 9 am to 4:30 mid-April to mid-November.

Visiting Tips

Everglades National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, however some entrances are closed in the evening or seasonally. To see current conditions and hours of operation, visit the park's website. Visitors should also be aware that the services offered by the park vary by season. During the busy, dry winter season, most facilities are open and a full range of tours and programs are available. During the slow, wet summer season, facilities may have reduced hours or closures, and recreational opportunities may be at a minimum.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
There are two drive-in campgrounds accessible from the Homestead entrance of the park. Both accommodate tents and RV's with a limited number of group sites. Camping is available year-round, although if visiting during the wet season (June through November) visitors should come prepared for the conditions. For more information on camping in the park, click here.

  • Long Pine Key Campground: 108 sites available on a first come, first served basis. 1 group site that can be reserved by calling (305) 242-7700. Open seasonally November through May.
  • Flamingo Campground: 234 sites. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.

Additionally, there are a number of backcountry camping sites in the park ranging from ground sites, beach sites, and elevated camping platforms. A backcountry permit is required for all wilderness campsites and must be issued the day before at either the Flamingo or Gulf Coast Visitor Center or the fee station at the main park entrance in Homestead. For more information on backcountry camping, click here.

Lodging:
There is no lodging located in the park, but visitors can find a variety of accommodations in the nearby towns of Homestead or Miami.

Food & Drink

There are no restaurants or stores located within Everglades National Park. Snacks and soft drinks are available from Shark Valley Tram Tours. Buttonwood Cafe and the Flamingo Marina, located adjacent to the Flamingo Visitor Center, offer sandwiches, beverages, and basic camping and fishings supplies. There are a variety of restaurant options located outside of the park in the nearby towns.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Everglades National Park offers a variety of ranger-led programs that vary by season. All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and open to the public. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

In addition to ranger-led activities, there are several other guided tours through the park. To learn more about boat tours along the mangrove coast at both Flamingo and the Gulf Coast or tram tours of the Shark River Slough, click here.

Other Activities

When not exploring the trails of the Everglades, visitors have plenty of other outdoor activities to choose from. When not camping, hiking, biking, bird watching, or wildlife viewing, visitors can enjoy exploring the Everglades by boat, kayak, or canoe. For those looking to extend their adventure in the area, Biscayne National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, and Dry Tortugas National Park are located nearby and feature many of the same great outdoor activities available in Everglades National Park.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Gems in Everglades National Park - 5

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gem Favorite Camouflage

Shark Valley Observation Tower

(10) The Ham…, FL
gem Favorite Crazy everglades woodpecker.

Mahogany Hammock

(7) Florida…, FL
gem Favorite No Photos

Clubhouse Beach

(5) Marathon, FL
gem Favorite Mangrove forest (West Lake Trail)

West Lake Mangrove Forest

(4) Islamorada, FL
gem Favorite No Photos

Homestead Canal

(1) Islamorada, FL

Recommended Routes in Everglades National Park - 8

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Favorite Camouflage
Easy

Tram Trail

15.3 mi 24.6 km 7' Up 2.17 m Up 7' Down 2.18 m Down

Tamiami, FL
Favorite Frigate Birds
Intermediate

Christian Point Trail

3.9 mi 6.3 km 4' Up 1.08 m Up 4' Down 1.08 m Down

Islamorada, FL
Favorite Hiking back
Intermediate/Difficult

Clubhouse Beach Out and Back

12.8 mi 20.5 km 5' Up 1.54 m Up 5' Down 1.54 m Down

Islamorada, FL
Favorite Mocking ignored by this Osprey.
Intermediate

Pineland Tour

9.3 mi 15.0 km 10' Up 3.17 m Up 11' Down 3.32 m Down

Florida…, FL
Favorite No Photos
Easy

Bear Lake Trail

3.4 mi 5.4 km 4' Up 1.16 m Up 4' Down 1.16 m Down

Islamorada, FL
Favorite Crazy everglades woodpecker.
Easy

Mahogany Hammock Trail

0.3 mi 0.5 km 37' Up 11.37 m Up 24' Down 7.31 m Down

Florida…, FL
Favorite Osprey Carrying a Fish
Easy/Intermediate

Snake Bight - Rowdy Bend Loop

7.8 mi 12.5 km 10' Up 2.9 m Up 9' Down 2.62 m Down

Islamorada, FL
Favorite Palms and Pines along Long Pine Key Trail.
Easy

Long Pine Key Loop

4.0 mi 6.5 km 24' Up 7.33 m Up 24' Down 7.31 m Down

Florida…, FL

Everglades National Park Hiking

  • 102 Miles 164 Kilometers of Trail
  • 8 Recommended Routes
  • 5 Gems Gems
  • 22 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 4 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Everglades National Park - 18

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0.5 mi 0.8 km #1Anhinga Trail
Easy
Florida City, FL
Easy
Florida City, FL 15 
0.6 mi 0.9 km #2Guy Bradley Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Islamorada, FL
Easy/Intermediate
Islamorada, FL
0.2 mi 0.2 km #3Pahayokee Overlook
Easy/Intermediate
Florida City, FL
Easy/Intermediate
Florida City, FL
1.9 mi 3.1 km #4Snake Bight Trail
Easy
Islamorada, FL
Easy
Islamorada, FL
0.4 mi 0.6 km #5Gumbo Limbo Trail
Easy
Florida City, FL
Easy
Florida City, FL
1.0 mi 1.6 km #6Gate 2A Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Florida City, FL
Easy/Intermediate
Florida City, FL
6.3 mi 10.2 km #7Long Pine Key Nature Trail
Easy
Florida City, FL
Easy
Florida City, FL
6.4 mi 10.3 km #8Coastal Prairie Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Islamorada, FL
Intermediate/Difficult
Islamorada, FL
2.0 mi 3.3 km #9Gate 2 Trail
Easy
Florida City, FL
Easy
Florida City, FL
1.6 mi 2.6 km #10Gate 3 Trail
Easy
Florida City, FL
Easy
Florida City, FL

Photos of Everglades National Park - 39

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Camouflage
Jun 10, 2016 near The Ham…, FL
Alligator on the side of the trail.
Mar 6, 2018 near Tamiami, FL
Everglades. with permission from danhester
Jun 16, 2016 near Florida…, FL
Pine Glades Lake
Jun 10, 2016 near Florida…, FL
Crazy everglades woodpecker.
Jul 5, 2016 near Florida…, FL
Heading up to the Shark Valley Observatory Tower.
Jun 23, 2016 near The Ham…, FL
Sunset from Everglades National Park, Anhinga Trail.
Jun 17, 2016 near Florida…, FL
Mocking ignored by this Osprey.
Jun 10, 2016 near Florida…, FL