Chekika - Day Use Area
CHEKIKA IS CLOSED INDEFINATELY DUE TO BUDGET CUTS
Directions to the Chekika Day Use Area
Chekika is located about 36 miles from downtown Miami and 18 miles from Homestead, Florida. To get there, take the Dolphin Expressway (State Road 836) to the Palmetto Expressway (State Road 826) or the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike. Exit the Palmetto or the Turnpike at Kendall Drive (SW 88th Street), and go west to Krome Avenue (SW 177th Avenue). Turn left and go south to SW 168th Street. Turn right and go west to 237th Avenue. Turn left on to 160th Street, and you'll be facing west with the entrance to Chekika just ahead.
From the south, take the Turnpike to Eureka Drive (SW 184th Street), go west to Krome Avenue (SW 177th Avenue), and turn north to SW 168th Street - or take Krome Avenue due north from Homestead to SW 168th Street and follow directions above.
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It is also a great location for bicycle rides along paved roads and canal banks.
There are no amenities so be sure to bring water and any food/snacks for your trip. Portable restrooms are available.
Did You Know?
The Everglades are often described as having only two seasons- the wet and the dry. Most hot summer days are punctuated by quenching afternoon thunderstorms that bring life-giving water to the park.