Everglades National Park - Royal Palm Visitor Center - Member Hike

Hike Name: Everglades National Park - Royal Palm Visitor Center
Country: United States
State: Florida
Nearby Town: Homestead
Rating: 5 stars
Directions: The Royal Palm Visitor Center is four miles (6 km) from the main park entrance or Ernest Coe Visitor Center. Turn left at the sign for the Royal Palm Visitor Center and take the road until it dead ends at the parking lot. The trail begins just behind the center itself.
Total Hike Distance: 1.20 miles
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Royal Palm Visitor Center
Trails Used: Anhinga, Gumbo Limbo Trails
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: None
Management: National Park Service
Contact Information: Everglades National Park
40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034-6733

By Phone
Visitor Information
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Fall
Users: Hikers
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: Everglades National Park is the 3rd largest national park in the lower 48 states and it covers 2500 square miles on the southern tip of Florida. The park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and it has rare and endangered species which have enabled the park to be listed as a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, and Wetland of International Importance. These hikes start near the northeastern section of Everglades National Park - a short distance from the city of Homestead, Florida. The Anhinga and Gumbo Limbo Trails are both less than a mile in length and start at the Royal Palm Visitor's Center. That's where the similarities end, however, as these trails couldn't be more different. The Gumbo Limbo Trail winds through a dense hardwood forest over a paved path with limited views due to the dense canopy. In contrast, the Anhinga Trail follows a boardwalk to circle the swamp with outstanding views in all directions. Wildlife is plentiful and you are certain to see alligators, turtles, and numerous species of birds swimming the shallow waters of the swamp.




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