Long Pine Key Campground Closed
Due to improvements to park roads and parking lots, the reopening of the Long Pine Key Campground will be delayed due to paving work. It will reopen mid-December. Those desiring to camp will be able to utilize the Flamingo Campground instead. More »
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?
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.