Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park by John Apte via Shutterstock.

Everglades National Park, also in Florida, is the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S. It’s a network of wetlands and forests, inhabited by alligators, manatees, and numerous bird species.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Florida
Area: 1,508,537 acres (6,104.83 sq km) – 10th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Multiple locations – 8 ft (2.44 m)
Lowest Elevation: Sea level
Date Established: May 30, 1934
Annual Visitors: 1,155,193 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Everglades City, Florida

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

  1. Anhinga Trail (0.8 mi, Easy) – Offers close-up views of wildlife in a freshwater marsh.
  2. Shark Valley Tram Road (15 mi, Easy) – A loop that can be biked or walked for wildlife viewing.
  3. Gumbo Limbo Trail (0.4 mi, Easy) – A short walk through a hardwood hammock.
  4. Pa-hay-okee Overlook Trail (0.2 mi, Easy) – Provides a panoramic view of the Everglades.
  5. Flamingo Trails (Variable lengths, Easy to Moderate) – A series of trails near the Flamingo Visitor Center with views of Florida Bay.

🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Everglades National Park

Everglades is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Everglades National Park.

  1. Airboat tours through the marshes
  2. Birdwatching in Shark Valley
  3. Canoeing or kayaking in the mangroves
  4. Joining ranger-led slough slogs and moonlight canoe trips
  5. Fishing in both fresh and salt waters

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Everglades National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Everglades National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Everglades National Park

After hiking and exploring Everglades National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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