• Pa-Hay-okee Overlook


    National Park Florida

Things To Know Before You Come

America's Everglades - one of the most beautiful National Parks to experience.
Plan for your trip - as south Florida's subtropical climate brings significant seasonal changes.

Due to these dramatic changes in weather during each year, we encourage you to read about and prepare apropriately when visiting this very special place during the Dry Season and the Wet Season.

Important Safety Precautions:

  • Physical fitness and weather - Please keep in mind personal physical fitness levels of all in your party and consider any limitations when planning your outdoor activities including hiking, biking, or paddling in the Everglades,. If you or anyone from your group is not from Florida and unfamiliar with the sub-tropical environment and terrain, they should be aware that it can be very hot and humid, especially in the summer.
  • Local knowledge of terrain - Please familiarize yourself with the trails before hiking, biking, or paddling. You should know how long the trail is and the approximate time it takes to do a certain trail. In addition, you should let someone know your plans so that if you are gone too long and become lost the park can better assist any needs. Ask a park ranger or park volunteer, if unsure where to find this information.
  • For Outdoor activites in the Everglades preparation is a must - Bring water (especially in the summer), insect repellent (summer and if you will be in or around heavy vegetation), sunscreen, and proper clothing for the activity you will be doing.
  • Supervise small children - When walking the trails, please keep small children close and under supervision, remember, you are in a wilderness area, our animals move about freely.
  • Please do not bring pets on the trails. Not only do you put your pet's life in danger, you put yours in danger as well.
  • Do not feed any wildlife that you encounter, this includes the birds. Feeding wildlife of any kind will eventually make the animal aggressive and is illegal.
  • If traveling with your pet, please be aware that pets are not allowed on most trails in the park. For the health and safety of your pet it would be better to leave them at home or board them at an appropriate facility while you visit the park. It is not recommended that pets be left in a parked car due to the tendency for extreme weather.

Warning - Vultures May Damage Vehicles

Vultures are attracted to the rubber on vehicles and have been know to cause severe damage to windshields, sun roofs, and windshield wipers.

Vultures are a federally protected migratory species and may not be harmed.

What you can do:

Avoid parking near groups of vultures
Park in full sun
Use a car cover
Cover exposed rubber with a wet sheet or towel
Use loud noises to spook vultures off vehicles
Notify a ranger

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Though there are likely thousands of alligators in the Everglades, they remain protected because of their close resemblance to the far more endangered American crocodile. Can you identify which this one is?