Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

Camping

Camping is a great way to get into the park for an extended visit. Everglade's campgrounds are opened year-round and offer a great diversity of choice. Front country campgrounds in Flamingo and Long Pine Key are a great place to pitch a tent and sleep under the stars (The campsite at Chekika is closed indefinitely). For the more adventurous, 47 designated wilderness campsites along 156 miles (251 km) of canoe and walking trails offer opportunities for solitude. Campsite availability in the front and back country may be affected as a result of the damage from Hurricane Wilma. Carl Ross Key and Kingston Key are closed.

Campground reservations are accepted up to five months in advance. During the winter season (November 1—April 30), camping is limited to 14 consecutive days and may not exceed 30 days in one year. Camping from May through October is by self-registration. Fees are not charged from June to August.

Flamingo

The largest, most popular campground is along Florida Bay at the end of the main park road in Flamingo. This site offers easy access to hiking and canoe trails and fishing in the bay. There are 234 drive-in sites, including 55 with water views and 40 walk-up sites (6 on the water's edge). It also has cold-water showers, two dump stations, picnic tables and grills.

Long Pine Key

Located seven miles (11 km) from the main entrance, just off the main road, the campground at Long Pine Key has 108 drive-up sites. There are restrooms, water and a sewer dump station with fresh water fill, but no showers. Recreational vehicles are welcome, but there are no hookups. Several hiking trails are also in the area. This campground does not accept reservations.

Group Camping

The Long Pine Key campground has one group site and the Flamingo campground has three, all available for $28.00 per night The limit per group site is 15 people. For group site reservations at Flamingo and Long Pine Key, please call (800) 365-CAMP (2267).

Wilderness Camping.

There are 47 backcountry campsites in the park—two are accessible by land, the others only by water. Fifteen are chickees (raised wooden platforms with thatched roofs); the others are beach and ground sites. The Pearl Bay Chickee is accessible to people with mobility impairments. It features handrails, a canoe dock and an accessible chemical toilet. Backcountry camping permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the Flamingo or Gulf Coast Ranger Station. There is a fee for a backcountry permit.