North America’s only longleaf pine savanna forests and grasslands-the Everglades National Park-blends the heavenly vistas and surroundings encapsulated in a 1.5 million acreage on Florida’s southern zone. The entire area of the park was accorded a protected status in the year 1947 with the overarching objective of conserving the biodiversity of the Everglades ecosystem. Majority of the protected wilderness is a blend of cypress and pine woodlands, marshlands, and mangroves, concoction of coastal and freshwater prairie set within the islands of Florida Bay.
The downstream section of the reserve safeguarded by the federal government is home to an exotic variety of flora and fauna, including the threatened manatee and a host of tropical avifauna. The park is also an ‘UNESCO World Heritage’ site. The national park is immense and touring the entire area is not something that can be accomplished within a short time. So, it’ll be practicable to plan your trip based on what you wish to do and/or see. Ranger-guided tours as well as self-driven tours can be undertaken. Close to the Homestead is the park’s southeastern flank, the road stretches for 38miles from Ernest Coe Visitor Center to the Flamingo Visitor Center.
You can embark on boating trips, canoeing, biking, and hiking. You can approach the park from Miami which is a one-hour drive and hop on a tram or go on a self-guided hiking. Approaching the park from the western end, you arrive in Everglades City ready to start for the Wilderness Water Trail (by boat) that is 99-miles long. The ideal time to visit the park is between December and March when the weather is dry and cool. Embarking on a tour of the Everglades National Park at this time of the year will allow you to the maximum variety of wading birds and other wildlife forms. Surely, research extensively before you decide on a trip, like go through Marjory Stoneman Douglas’s ‘The Everglades: River of Grass”.