Top Ten National Park Campgrounds

Everglades National Park, Florida

The Everglades is the river of grass. Paddling, limited hiking.

Mix a spectacularly rich, diverse ecosystem with all that water, and it's no surprise that the truest way to get at the soul of the Everglades is by picking up a paddle.

I'm also including Big Cypress Creek. Bear Island campground . Florida, variety of camping styles

Camping facilities in Everglades National Park are limited. There are three park campgrounds--none provide RV hookups. Open all year, reservations (1-800-365-CAMP) are recommended during the winter period (November-April) and will be accepted up to five months in advance.

Long Pine Campground has 108 sites for tents and RVs, and is located near the main entrance. It offers restrooms, water and a dump station. Flamingo Campground is located near Flamingo, at the end of the Main Park Road. It has 234 sites, cold showers and two dump stations. There are group camps at all three campgrounds. Chekika Campground is a small 20-site facility located north of the main entrance, on SW 168 Street, which is off State Road 997. (As of this writing, Chekika is closed due to hurricane damage.) It has water, hot showers and a dump station.

Backcountry camping in Everglades is an unforgettable experience. The park provides 47 designated wilderness campsites, near rivers and bays. All overnight camping requires a wilderness permit from the major park visitor centers. Wooden platforms with roofs, called chickees, keep campers out of the water and off the ground. Elevated ground sites and beach sites are also available.

Just the Facts

Route: Glacier to Artist Point on WA 542.

Length: 24 miles (one hour)

Season: Summer to early fall.


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