Trips into the backcountry require more preparation than most. Visitors should be careful about the season in which they choose to visit. Campers should be able to navigate properly and should be prepared for inclement weather and biting insects. Reviewing our Wilderness Trip Planner will help get you started. Call either the Gulf Coast (239-695-3311) or Flamingo (239-695-2945) Visitor Centers for more detailed information to help with your trip planning.
Fees and Permits
Permits are not issued over the telephone except for visitors coming in from the Florida Keys to camp at North Nest Key, Little Rabbit Key, Shark Point Chickee, Johnson Key Chickee and Cape Sable. Please call 239-695-2945.
Backcountry permits for the Ernest Coe and Ingraham Highway sites are issued from the Main Entrance Station.
Did You Know?
Limestone is the porous, sedimentary rock you see in the Everglades. These rocks are made of calcium and contain fossils of sea life, evidence of ancient seas that once covered the area. The limestone aquifer under the Everglades acts as the principal water recharge area for all of south Florida.