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 Ten Thousand Islands area of Everglades National Park composes part of the largest stand of protected mangrove forest in the Western Hemisphere. South Florida's coast serves as a vital nursery ground for many of our most prized commercial and recreational marine species.