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Enjoy the Best of Florida Camping While Protecting the Ecosystem of Everglades National Park

As the third largest national park in the continental United States, covering 2500 square miles, Everglades National Park is a wonderful Florida camping destination. Filled with diverse and often rare animal life, including over 350 species of birds, fresh and salt water fish, a wide range of mammals, reptiles and more, Everglades National Park is the only park that was established to protect a fragile ecosystem rather than to safeguard a unique geographic feature. Home to 36 species that have been designated threatened or protected live within the park. Everglades National Park protects 25% of the original Florida everglades, and in addition to protecting a delicate ecosystem, it is also a wonderful park to visit with many things to do, including hiking, camping, fishing, boating, kayaking and more.

To locate Woodall’s approved Florida camping sites, visit Florida campgrounds.

Everglades National Park is open year round, although the winter months are the more popular time to visit and offer more services. The Everglades has two seasons, the wet season and the dry season. The wet season is May-November, and both temperature and humidity are regularly over 90. Half of the year’s average rainfall of 60” happens in just 2 months and storms can drop 10-12” of water at a time. Mosquitoes also run rampant during the wet season. The dry season begins in December and runs through April. Temperatures vary between low 50’s and mid 70’s. The humidity is also much lower. Since water levels are much lower during the dry season, there are many more opportunities to see wildlife, including a wide variety of migrating birds. Problems like mosquitoes become virtually non-existent. There is a $10 fee to enter the park which is valid for seven days. An annual pass for Everglades National Park is $25. An inter-agency pass is $80 and is good for most national parks for one year from date of purchase.

With 1.5 million acres, the opportunity for adventure seems endless. Hiking trails throughout the park have a lot to offer, from light easy walks to more strenuous hikes through the country. Shark Valley trails take you through the heart of the “True Everglades,” or river of grass. Anhinga Trail winds through a saw grass marsh, which is abundant with wildlife. Gumbo Limbo Trail is a paved trail through a shaded, jungle-like hammock of gumbo trees, ferns, royal palms, and air plants. There are many other trails throughout the park, each with their own unique things to offer. Kayaking is another excellent way to see the park. The Ten Thousand Islands is a labyrinth of mangroves and water, offering adventure and wonderful opportunities at wildlife viewing. Flamingo area offers freshwater marshes, mangrove swamps, open Florida Bays, and a wide variety of animal life, including dolphins, alligators, crocodiles, birds, fish, and manatees. Fresh and salt water fishing is another great way to enjoy the park. While fishing from the shore is limited, there is plenty of water to fish in from a boat. Salt and fresh water fishing require different Florida fishing licenses. Regardless of what you choose to do while in the park, there is always something to explore and somewhere new to go.

For Woodall’s approved Florida camping sites, visit Florida campgrounds.

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