Gulf Coast Trails
The Gulf Coast Visitor Center is the gateway to the beautiful Ten Thousand Islands. Boaters can view birds, dolphins, manatees, and other wildlife as they travel the waters.
The Wilderness Waterway Trail begins here. This water trail is used by canoers, kayakers, and powerboaters. The trail is 99 miles long and terminates at Flamingo. Most paddlers allow at least eight days to complete the trip.
All users should remember that it is a wilderness trail that should only be used by experienced boaters. It can be confusing and difficult to navigate as the mazes of mangrove-lined creeks and bays all begin to look the same. For more information, consult nautical charts and the parks Wilderness Trip Planner.
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.