This is Segment 14, Region G. Everglades National Park and Florida Bay are two of Florida's natural treasures. In this segment, you'll see subtropical and tropical plants, marine and estuarine creatures and the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist.
From Everglades City, you have a choice of taking the Wilderness Waterway to Flamingo, or the Gulf route. The Gulf route is shorter and generally has fewer bugs, but weather may be a deciding factor. Campsites range from chickees that have been built on pilings in rivers and bays, ground sites that have been cleared within the mangrove forests, and beach sites.
This segments starts at Everglades City. After launching, use the outgoing tide and head for Rabbit Key. Next stops are Pavilion and Mormon Keys on the way to the campsite at Turkey Key. Water is very shallow so time your trip to arrive at high tide.
After Turkey Key, paddle Graveyard Creek to Cape Sable and on to Flamingo. Rest up at the visitor center before proceeding to Islamorada in the Florida Keys.
99 miles of circumnavigational trail
126.5 miles via the Wilderness Waterway
- This is the longest stretch along the circumnavigation trail without fresh water. Plan on a minimum of a gallon of water per day, per person for 7 - 8 days.
- Campsites are limited and permits required. Permits are available in person at the visitor centers at Everglades City and Flamingo.
- Be prepared for insects at any time of year
- A GPS, navigational maps and compass are essential in this segment as many unprepared boaters have become lost in the Ten Thousand Islands and Everglades National Park
Primary Campsites & Distances Between on Circumnavigational Trail
- Everglades City to Rabbit Key, 9 miles
- Rabbit Key to Turkey Key, 11 miles
- Turkey Key to Highland Beach, 12 miles
- Highland Beach to Graveyard Creek, 9 miles
- Graveyard Creek to Northwest Cape Sable, 11 miles
- Northwest Cape Sable to East Cape Sable, 9.5 miles
- East Cape Sable to Flamingo, 10 miles
- Flamingo to Little Rabbit Key, 13 miles
- Little Rabbit Key to Long Key State Park, 14.5 miles
- Police, Fire and Medical Emergencies: 911
- Everglades National Park Search and Rescue: 305-247-7272
- Collier County Sheriff: 239-774-4434
- Monroe County Sheriff: 305-289-2430
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