Everglades Parks and Preserves
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Gulf Coast Visitor Center of Everglades National Park
"Everglades City proclaims itself as the Gateway to the 10,000 Islands, and for paddlers that is most certainly true. It is one end of the Wilderness Waterway, the ...
(239) 695-2521. Located in Everglades City. This is the northwest entrance to Everglades National Park.
The Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park Tours features sightseeing and adventurous daytime tours and boat rentals for individual adventures of Florida's Everglades National ...
is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and is made up of 1.5 million acres of wilderness.
It was established in 1947 and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site, and a Wetland of International Importance.
There are over 1,000 species of plants, over 40 species of mammals, over 360 species of birds, and over 50 species of reptiles. The grounds offers picnic facilities and a great place to watch the sunset.
Near the water you often see Skimmers, Terns, dolphins, Brown Pelicans, and occasionally manatees.
Go upstairs in the wood structure building to visit with rangers and to view the interpretive displays. This is also the location to process your overnight backcountry permit.
The concessionaire is located in the downstairs office and offers motorized boat tours into the 10.000 islands.
Museum of the Everglades
Museum of the Everglades A showcase for the rich and colorful history of the region, the museum displays artifacts and photographs telling the story of 2,000 ...
(239) 695-0008. Located in Everglades City, this building used to be the commercial laundry for the Collier Corporation.
The museum hosts a variety of art displays changing each month. Periodically they have guided walking tours of historic buildings, Art in the Park, and other events.
Everglades Area Chamber of Commerce
(800) 914-6355 or (239) 695-3941. Located three miles north of the Ivey House, at the intersection of US 41 & State Road 29. It has a gift shop and a variety of books and information about the area.
HISTORIC SMALLWOOD STORE. Ole Indian Trading Post and Museum - Chokoloskee Florida. EARLY HISTORY On the western edge of the Everglades and ...
(239) 695-2989. Located four miles south of the Ivey House on Chokoloskee Island.
Established in 1906, the Smallwood Store & Trading Post served the area with a place to trade hides, furs, and farm produce; handle mail and to sell needed goods to the settlers.
It is now a museum and gift shop telling the story of southwest Florida. It was also the actual location of the 1910 gang killing of Edgar Watson, made famous by author Peter Matthiessen.
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Everglades National Park Tours in Shark Valley provides a unique look at ... At the half-way point of the tour, a 45 foot high observation deck gives visitors an
(305) 221-8455. Located 40 miles east of the Ivey House on Hwy 41 and is another entrance into Everglades National Park.
Bike, hike or ride the tram along the 17 mile loop trail which takes explorers into the heart of Shark Valley Slough. An observatory tower at the mid-way point offers one of the best opportunities to view alligators and the endangered snail kite in Everglades National Park.
There are also a few short hiking trails and some very informative exhibits. The concessionaire located on the property offers a narrated tram tour and bicycle rentals.
Collier Seminole State Park
In the wild and watery world of southwest Florida, Collier-Seminole State Park near Naples draws people who love the natural Florida for camping, hiking and.
(239) 394-3397. Located 20 miles west of the Ivey House on Hwy 41. Created to preserve the Royal Palm, it has a 3.5 mile unpaved bike trail, a 6.5 mile hiking trail, 3 mile hiking trail, a 1 mile self-guided nature trail, a 13.6 mile canoe trail, 137 campsites, interpretive exhibits, and boat tours offered daily.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
A visit to Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a journey into the heart of the Everglades ecosystem. Discover the rugged beauty of this famed natural area ...
(239) 348-9151. Located approximately one hour north of the Ivey House, in Naples.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is owned and operated by the national Audubon Society and acclaimed as the crown jewel of Audubon's sanctuaries.
In 2009 it received the honored as a World Heritage site.
The 2.5 mile boardwalk meanders through pine flatwoods, open prairie, and into the largest forest of ancient bald cypress in North America.
Corkscrew is world-renowned for supporting the largest colony of nesting wood storks in the United States. Don't forget to visit their well stocked gift shop.
Big Cypress National Preserve
Protecting over 729,000 acres of this vast swamp, Big Cypress National Preserve contains a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities that are home ...
The new Big Cypress Visitor Center, Opening Feb 2010, is located only 5 miles east of Hwy 41 at Sea Grape Drive.
It will provide informative exhibits and a movie of the area. Turner River Canoe Launch is located about 9 miles east of the Ivey House on Hwy 41.
It is a public launch area for paddlers to access the Turner River. It is one of the locations we provide naturalist guided kayak trips into the heart of the Everglades.
H.P. Williams Wayside Park
boardwalk overlooking the Turner River Cana. HP Williams Park is a park within a park. Part of Big Cypress National Preserve and in the middle of the the Florida everglades, this park offers access to many ...
is located about 9.5 miles east of the Everglades City. There is a small interpretive boardwalk overlooking the Turner River Canal.
Large alligators are often seen swimming here, as well as a variety of birds. People often choose to drive the dirt road following the canal to extend their wildlife viewing opportunities.
One of our favorite Scenic Loop Drive in this area is to connect Turner River Rd. with Birdon Road and then back to Hwy 41.
This creates a 17 mile u-shaped drive through predominantly open grass prairie dotted with slash pine and bald cypress. We have seen the snail kite, turkeys, deer, and flocks of egrets and herons when driving this loop.
Fire Prairie Trail
Terrain-at-the-start-of-the-Fire-Prairie-Trail. Ride on a raised trail over moderate terrain. Bring your own bicycle, water, lunch, and sun protection. Meet a ranger at the Fire Prairie Trail access point along ...
is a 5 mile round trip hike which begins 14 miles north of Highway 41 on Turner River Road.
It follows an old oil road through a hardwood and cypress forest and across open prairie to an old oil pad.
Kirby Storter Boardwalk
Wheelchair and child-friendly, this interpretive walk leads you through typical Big Cypress Swamp habitats from open wet prairie through floodplain forest and cypress slough to an open pond along a sluggish river. ... Headed east on US 41 (Tamiami Trail), the trailhead is 14.1 miles ...
Located 16 miles east from the Ivey House is a .5 mile boardwalk into the cypress forest. The Oasis Visitor Center is located about 24 miles east of the Ivey House on Hwy 41.
There is a small boardwalk in front of their office and they host a variety of exhibits and provide an informative movie about the Preserve.
The Florida Scenic Trail, a trail system that spans across the state of Florida, passes directly through Big Cypress.
the-Cades-Cove-Loop-Road. Visitors stopping to enjoy the view along Loop Road. There are two popular scenic drives within Big Cypress National Preserve. Loop Road is a 27-mile drive ...
is a 23 mile dirt road beginning at Monroe Station and ending near Shark Valley.
This road passes through a beautiful cypress forest often filled with feeding Ibis and sunning alligators.
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
Explore-Fakahatchee-Strand-Preserve-State-Park_edited. Welcome to the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, "the Amazon of North America." The Fakahatchee Strand is a linear swamp forest, approximately ...
(239) 695-4593. The world's only Bald Cypress/Royal Palm forest is located in this strand.
This State Park is a valuable habitat for a variety of tropical plants. Its deep sloughs provide a humid, frost-free environment in an otherwise sub-tropical area.
More native orchid species including the famous Ghost Orchid grow in this 75,000 acre wilderness.
The headquarters are located in Copeland, about 5 miles north of the Ivey House off of SR 29. Ranger led activities include swamp walks and orchid talks.
Jane's Scenic Drive
fakahatchee-strand-preserve-tour. Janes Scenic Drive is a narrow dirt (or mud) road in part of Florida's remaining subtropical wilderness in the Fakahatchee Strand. Guided tours available.
located 7 miles north of the Ivey House off of SR 29.
This is a dirt road and not well maintained but often see owls and flocks of ibis, egrets, and sometimes Roseate Spoonbills.
There are many old logging paths intersecting the dirt road for those who wish to go for a hike in the swamp. For the adventurous, these make great starting points for a more strenuous swamp walk.
Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk
The Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk extends 2300 feet into the deepest part of the Fakahatchee Strand, the largest bald cypress/royal palm swamp in the world.
located 7.1 miles from the intersection of Hwy 41 and SR 29.
The 1 mile boardwalk extends into an old-growth bald cypress swamp with 500-600- year old bald cypress trees.
At the end of the boardwalk is a beautiful alligator hole populated by many types of wading and diving birds, as well as one or two adult alligators and typically two or three generations of immature alligators.
Often seen are red shouldered hawks, bald eagles, raccoons, barred owls, turtles, anoles, and several different kinds of snakes.
There is an Indian gift store located next to the trail head filled with hand-made gifts and souvenirs.
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Rookery-Bay-kayak-tours-National-Estuari. Rookery Bay Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida, Rookery ...
Located at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands off of Hwy 951 (towards Marco Island about 30 minutes from the Everglades City), it is one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America.
They have an educational learning center with such programs as Shark Facts, Skulls & Bones, Munchin in the Mangrove, and others.
An art gallery showcases traveling art displays. There are several mile walks along Shell Island Road with botanical signage.
Their Shell Point Canoe Trail is marked and takes you through mangrove tunnels, mud flats, oyster beds and rookery islands.
The Briggs Boardwalk
Free, self-guided boardwalk open year round, dawn to dusk. Conservancy of Southwest Florida volunteer guides available most mornings at 10:00 AM
is a mile loop through rare coastal scrub, pine flatwoods and marsh habitat. They also have primitive camping in designated areas
Clyde Butcher Photo Gallery
Clyde Butcher, whose famed photographs of primeval Florida rest upon the patient art of standing in water and muck until the light and the ...
(239) 695-2428. Located about 25 miles east from the Everglades City on Hwy 41.
A large selection of Clyde's black and white photography can be seen in his gallery located on thirteen acres in the center of the Everglades.
An enjoyable, short nature walk behind the gallery provides visitors an opportunity to observe the environment of a cypress strand.
Clyde often gives photographic workshops on the acreage surrounding the gallery.
Naples Botanical Garden
A 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North & South.
(239) 643-7275. Located approximately 32 miles from the Everglades City in southern Naples.
The botanical garden is a world-class subtropical garden paradise that combines delightful exotic cultivated gardens with beautifully restored natural habitats.
They have three main areas, the Tropical Mosaic Garden, Butterfly House, and the Florida Uplands Preserve.
Everglades National Park
Meet at the Flamingo Visitor Center for this drive to various stops along the road to experience the Everglades. Be prepared to drive your own vehicle. 2.5 hours.
Flamingo Visitor Center (239) 695-3101. Located 130 miles south from the Ivey House and is another location to access the Everglades National Park.
The following locations are measured in milesfrom the intersection of US 41 and SR 29:
- 1.6 - Mantees - North side of the road, look for a pond with a small island and a palm tree. It is a possible sightings and depends on the season.
- 2.0 - Sea Grape Drive - South side of the road, nice canoeing area and the location for the new Big Cypress Visitors Center.
- 3.4 - Donna Drive Campground - South side of the road, campground and nice canoeing area
- 4.2 - Ochopee Post Office - South side of road, and is the Smallest Post Office in the U.S.
- 5.5 - Trail lakes Campground (239-695-2275) - South side of road, tent and RV camping.
- 6.1 - Turner River Canoe Launch - North side of the road.
- 6.6 - H.P. Williams Wayside Park - North side of the road. Good place to see alligators and fresh water birds
- 6.6 - Turner River Road North leads to Bear Lake and if you take Wagon Wheel Road you can loop back to Everglades City.
- 13.7 - Kirby Storter Roadside Park - Picnic area and walk on south side of the road
- 16.0 - Moment Lake Campground - North side of road, primitive camping
- 16.8 - Monroe Station - South side of the road, This begins Loop Road which is approximately 18 miles and very scenic. Closed until Nov. 2010.
- 21.0 - Oasis Visitor Station (239-695-4111) - North side of road, informative movie, resource books and displays
- 21.9 - Big Cypress Gallery - South side of road, Clyde Butcher's Gallery (Black and White photography)
- 23.8 - Primitive Campground - South side of road
- 38.9 - Craft Center and Airboats - South side of road
- 39.4 - Miccosukee Indian Village and Airboat rides (305-223-8380) - South side of road
- 39.7 - Gas Station, airboats, restaurant - North side of road
- 40.0 - Shark Valley (305-221-8455) - South side of road
- 57.6 - Jct 997 or Krome Ave. - Gas Station . If you go straight you head towards Miami (US 41 turns into 8th Avenue)
- If you turn North you can go to the Indian Bingo. If you turn South you head towards the Keys and Flamingo,
- 79.5 - Turn right at 9336 to go to Flamingo or go straight to go to the Keys
- 81.2 - Robert is Here - at corner, exotic fruit stand
- 89.2 - Everglades National Park Entrance and main visitor Center (305-242-7700)
- 130.0 - Flamingo Visitor Center, Lodge, and Marina which is the South boundary of Everglades National Park (239-695-3101 or 305-253-2241)
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And Travel to Florida's Magnificent Everglades.
Florida's Magnificent Everglades - A small group of visitors clusters at the edge of a pond behind the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Everglades National Park. Two minutes of visiting the Everglades and the first gator had already been spotted. Try spotting a bear that fast in Yellowstone.
"CRACKER" The term stems from the early days when Florida cowboy cow cavalrymen, in lieu of the rope used by Texas cowboys, welded a bullwhip, 10 - 12 feet long made of braided leather, and when snapped over a cow's head, made a sharp"crack".
Thus was born the term "cracker"
Romancing the Swamp Local eco-tour provider wades into the Florida wild. Scared of the swamp? Intrigued by the swamp? Then explore the swamp. It will forever change you.
"Square Grouper" - Historic Everglades City
The Hidden History of Everglades City as Florida's last frontier
Everglades City Florida Was The Square Grouper Capital at one time in the recent past.
In the 1970's and 1980's, Everglades City and Chokoloskee became notorious for their trade in "square grouper", a euphemism for bales of marijuana.
Everglades Stories - We’re trying to find ways to restore wetlands and to do it in a way that will really benefit the water quality when it finally does leave the land and also to store the water there and not sort of pipeline it straight into Lake Okeechobee and pipeline it into the everglades.
The Square Grouper - Through the Everglades to a shore about 20 miles to the west of Flamingo, called Cape Sable.and was said to have a pink beach literally made from shells, and also was habitat to the rare and elusive Cape Sable Sparrow, which we all wanted to see.
The Calusa Shell Indians- The Calusa (kah LOOS ah) lived on the sandy shores of the southwest coast of Florida. These Indians controlled most of south Florida.
The population of this tribe may have reached as many as 50,000 people.
The Calusa men were tall and well built with long hair. Calusa means "fierce people," and they were described as a fierce, war-like people.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida - The Seminole people are the descendents of the Creek people. The diversity of the Tribe is reflected in the fact that its members spoke seven languages- Muscogee, Hitchiti, Koasati, Alabama,