EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK

ERNEST COE MAIN ENTRANCE

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Ernest Coe Visitor Center at the main entrance is open 365 days a year. It offers educational displays, orientation films, and informational brochures. In addition, there is often a special collection by local artists on exhibit. Books, film, postcards, and insect repellent may be purchased in the adjoining bookstore.

Glades Glimpse at 1:30 pm.
Short on time? Try the Glades Glimpse! Every afternoon weather permitting, rangers discuss interesting tidbits about the Everglades for 20 minutes. Ask at the Coe Visitor Center desk for place and topic.

Hours of Operation:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hours subject to change.

Entrance Fees:
Private vehicle - $10.00 - good for 7 consecutive days at all entrances to the park.
Pedestrian/Cyclist - $5.00 - good for 7 consecutive days at all entrances to the park. Admits one individual when entering by foot, bicycle, or motorcycle.
Individuals 16 years old and younger are admitted free of charge.

Bus/Metrorail services:
None

Driving Directions:
From the North
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Visitors coming from the Miami area and points north should take the Florida Turnpike (Route 821) south until it ends merging with U.S. 1 at Florida City. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Palm Drive (State Road 9336/SW 344th St.) and follow the signs to the park.
From the South.
Visitors driving north from the Florida Keys should turn left on Palm Drive in Florida City and follow the signs to the park.

Address and contacts:
Ernest Coe Visitor Center, 40001 State Rd. 9336, Homestead, FL 33034-6733.
Tel. 305-242-7700 ask for visitor center.

Coe Visitor Centre

Coe Visitor Centre
Ernest Coe Visitor Centre
Exhibits at Visitor Centre

Visiting the park
The main park road runs 38 miles (61 kms) from the Ernest Coe Main Entrance right through the park to the Flamingo Visitor Centre at the end of the road on Flamingo Bay. Gas (petrol) is available at the visitor centre. Presently the overnight Lodge & Cottage Accommodations as well as the Restaurant/Buttonwood Café and Lounges are closed for repair.

A series of popular walking trails along this road begin only a short drive from the visitor center. Below are listed my recommended trails. If you take just the first three trails, the visit shouldn't take more than half a day. If you drive to the end of the road at Flamingo and take all the trails I indicate, the visit will probably take a whole day. Each trail is clearly indicated from the main park road.

Anhinga Trail - 0.5 miles (800 meters) round trip. Four miles (6 km) from the main entrance.
This self-guiding trail winds through a sawgrass marsh, where you may see alligators, turtles, anhingas, herons, egrets, and many other birds, especially during the winter. This is one the most popular trails in the park because of its abundance of wildlife.

Ranger-led Activity - Anhinga Amble at 10:30 am.
Join a ranger for a 50-minute walk along the Anhinga Trail. Discuss the wildlife, plant life and history of the Everglades. Meet at the benches at the Royal Palm Visitor Center.

Anhinga Trail

Alligators
Anhinga Trail
Alligators on trail

Gumbo Limbo Trail - 0.5 miles (800 meters) round trip. Four miles (6 km) from the main entrance.
This self-guiding, paved trail meanders through a shaded, jungle-like hammock of gumbo limbo trees (Bursera simaruba), royal palms (Roystonea elata), ferns, and air plants.

Gumbo Limbo Trail

Gumbo Limbo Trail
Gumbo Limbo Trail
Gumbo Limbo Trail

Pahayokee Overlook - 0.25 miles (400 km) round trip - 13 miles (21 km) from the main entrance.
A raised observation platform on this boardwalk loop provides sweeping vistas of the "river of grass.

Pahayokee Lookout

Pahayokee Lookout
Sawgrass Prarie from lookout
Sawgrass Prarie from lookout

Mahogany Hammock Trail - 0.5 miles (800 meters) round trip. 20 miles (32 km) from the main entrance.
This self-guiding boardwalk trail meanders through a dense, jungle-like hardwook "hammock." Lush vegetation includes gumbo-limbo trees, air plants, and the largest living mahogany tree (Swietenia mahogani) in the United States.

Mahogany Trail

Mahogany Trail
Mahogany Hammock Trail
Birdlife viewed from the trail

West Lake Trail - 0.5 miles (800 meters) round trip. 7 miles (11km) north of the Flamingo Visitor Center on the main park road.
This self-guided boardwalk trail wanders through a forest of white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa), black mangrove (Avicennia nitida), red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), and buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus) trees to the edge of West Lake.

West Lake Trail

West Lake Trail
West Lake Trail
Ranger guide on West Lake Trail

Eco Pond Trail - 0.5 miles (800 meters) round trip. On the right past the Flamingo Visitor Center.
Stroll around this freshwater pond and enjoy a wide variety of wading birds, song birds, ducks, and other wildlife. Alligators and Florida softshell turtles often cruise the pond.

Eco Pond Trail

Eco Pond Trail
Birdwatchers on Eco Pond Trail
Osprey

FLAMINGO VISITOR CENTRE

Flamingo Visitor Centre

Florida Bay
Flamingo Visitor Centre
Florida Bay from the centre

The Flamingo Visitor Center, at the end of the road which commences at the Ernest Coe Visitor Center, lies roughly 38 miles south of the park entrance. Visitors should expect to drive about an hour before arriving at Flamingo. The center offers educational displays, informational brochures, and backcountry permits. Campground facilities, marina store, and a public boat ramp are located nearby. There are several hiking and canoeing trails in the area.

Hours of Operations:
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (depending on staffing). Lobby open 24 hrs. for self-registration for back country sites. Hours subject to change. Tel: 239-695-2945.
NOTE: Visitors should be aware that no lodging other than the campground is currently available in Flamingo due to damage sustained by Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma in 2005.

Activities at Flamingo Visitor Centre
Backcountry Boat Cruise:
Tours depart at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Tours operate daily.

Windfall Sailing Schooner:
One afternoon trip daily. One sunset cruise daily (departure times are subject to wind and tide conditions).

Canoe, Kayaks, and Motorboat Rentals:
Available daily from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Last rentals are at 3:00 p.m. All rentals must be returned to Marina by 4:00 p.m. Rental availability contingent on wind/weather conditions.

Link to Ernest Coe Visitor Centre