December 22, 2023
#GetOutside: Discovering the Free Wonders of Everglades National Park
Welcome to a new year, a time for fresh starts and healthier habits! What better way to kickstart your “New Year, Healthier You” resolution than by exploring the stunning landscapes of Everglades National Park? Nestled in South Florida, this park offers a variety of free activities for nature lovers.
Biking and Hiking: Everglades National Park has five biking trails throughout the park. Shark Valley Tram Road, Snake Bight Trail, Rowdy Bend Trail, Long Pine Key Nature Trail, and the L-67 Canal Road!
Visit Shark Valley: Renowned for its 15-mile loop road, perfect for biking and walking with an observation tower offering panoramic views.
Hiking Trails: Trails like the Anhinga Trail and Gumbo Limbo Trail offer easy walks with abundant wildlife sightings.
Wildlife Viewing and Bird Watching: The Everglades is a haven for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Keep an eye out for alligators, manatees, and a variety of bird species.
Boating and Kayaking: While boating often requires your own equipment, the park’s vast waterways are perfect for serene kayaking adventures.
Ranger-Led Programs: Join ranger-led activities like hikes, canoe trips, and campfire programs to learn more about the park’s diverse ecosystem. Check out the different ranger-led programs here!
Observation Tower at Shark Valley: Don’t miss the 65-foot observation tower at Shark Valley for breathtaking views of the Everglades.
Geocaching:For a modern treasure hunt, try geocaching in the park. It’s a fun way to explore new areas.
As you enjoy these activities and the natural beauty of the Everglades, consider supporting the continued preservation and enhancement of this vital ecosystem. Your donation to the Alliance for Florida’s National Parks can make a significant impact on funding crucial projects within Everglades National Park. To contribute, simply click the red donate button in the top right and select ‘Everglades’ as your designated fund. Your generosity helps ensure that the Everglades remains a stunning and thriving environment for future generations to explore and cherish.