• Pa-Hay-okee Overlook

    Everglades

    National Park Florida

Everglades National Park Resources & Facilities

Natural Resources

  • 137 miles (220 km) of coastline
  • 484,200 acres (196,000 hectares) in Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico
  • 572,200 acres (231,500 hectares) of sawgrass/freshwater marsh
  • 230,100 acres (93,100 hectares) of mangrove forest
  • 220,000 acres (89,000 hectares) of coastal areas (Cape Sable, river headwaters, etc.)
  • Numerous pre-historic and historic cultural sites
  • Birds - more than 400 species identified
  • Mammals - 25 species
  • Amphibians and reptiles - 60 species
  • Fish - 125 species from 45 families
  • Tree species - more than 120
  • Seed-bearing plants - more than 1,000 species
  • Numerous epiphytic plant species, including over 24 orchids
  • Endangered species - 14: American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), green turtle (Chelonia mydas), Atlantic Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys kempi), Atlantic hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Atlantic leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), Cape Sable seaside sparrow (Ammodramus maritima mirabilis), snail (Everglades) kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus), wood stork (Mycteria americana), West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus), Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi), Key Largo wood rat (Neotoma floridana smalli), Key Largo cotton mouse (Peromyscus gossypinus allapaticola), red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis), Schaus swallowtail butterfly (Papilio aristodemus ponceanus)

Development & Facilities

  • 129 miles (132 km) of surfaced roads
  • 156 miles (251 km) of trails, including canoe trails
  • 5 miles (8 km) of surfaced trails
  • 1 mile (1.6 km) of elevated boardwalk trails (the Anhinga Trail, Pahayokee Overlook, Mahogany Hammock, Eco Pond, West Lake, and Shark Valley)
  • 3 campgrounds totaling 423 sites.
  • 48 designated backcountry campsites (accessible by boat)
  • 301 buildings, including 5 visitor centers, a headquarters, maintenance and utility buildings, a research facility, and 2 environmental education camps
  • 3 fee collection stations, at the Main Entrance, Chekika, and Shark Valley
  • 3 concessioners: Flamingo Lodge, Marina, and Outpost Resort; Shark Valley Tram Tours; and Everglades National Park Boat Tours (in Everglades City)

Did You Know?

Manatee and Baby Swimming

Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives.