Everglades National Park rangers are leading hikers to ‘gator holes’ and through cypress domes from now until March 31, 2012. Hikers slog through the River of Grasses in sometimes knee-deep water on the popular “Slough Slog.”
The New Year signals the best time to get out and hike Everglades National Park. The dry season is progressing and mosquitoes and afternoon storms are gone — leaving behind calm, beautiful days for hiking. Whether you have one hour or a full week, the dry winter season is the best time of year to get outside to see spectacular wildlife and enjoy the rich natural beauty of the Everglades.
The park’s seasonal programs run now through March 31st 2012.
“We are excited to begin the 64th year of guided programs for the enjoyment of our million visitors each year since the establishment of the Park on December 6, 1947,” said Superintendent Dan Kimball. Everglades National Park is the third largest park in the lower 48 states, covering 2400 square miles.
In addition to the traditional favorite ranger programs such as wading through the river of grass on a Slough Slog, this year’s programs offer some exciting new options. After hiking, trekkers can enjoy exploring the Ten Thousand Islands by canoe, stalking alligators from the Shark Valley Tram or attending Evening Programs under the stars.
New programs offer options for those who look for a little more of a challenge in an outdoor experience and for those who want a relaxed opportunity to experience the park.
Great for Outdoor Adventurist
Pinelands Powerwalk at Royal Palm, a brisk 5 mile walk through the Park’s most botanically diverse habitat.
Everglades Bike Hike, a 2.5 hour bike tour in the Pine Rocklands.
Moonlight Bike Ride at Shark Valley – Listen to the frogs croak and enjoy the sounds of a quiet evening in the Everglades (15 miles).
Canoe or Kayak the Everglades – Pick up a paddle and explore the shoreline and mysterious mangroves in Flamingo or Gulf Coast (duration varies).
Slough Slog at Royal Palm – Get a little wet and walk away with an an incredible memory of this great natural wonder – reservations required
Click here for a hiking and canoeing map.
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