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Everglades City in Collier County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Welcome To the Gulf Coast Visitor Center

Everglades

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, October 3, 2015
1. Welcome To the Gulf Coast Visitor Center Marker
Inscription. Hours: April to November 9:00-4:4:30
November to April 8:00 -4:30
Come upstairs to the National Park visitor center for information, park maps, exhibits, videos and more!

Along The Tamiami Trail
Things to see and do (From West to East)

Collier Seminole State Park
-Walking and bicycling trails, camping, canoeing and ranger-conducted actives. Fee charged.

Marsh Trial
- One mile walking and bicycling trail through marsh. Tower offers a panoramic view.

Faka Union Canal/Port of the Island Marina
- Good place for manatee viewing in the winter.

Big Cypress Bend
- One mile round-trip boardwalk into an old growth cypress forest. Good wildlife viewing opportunities.

Janes Scenic Drive
- Unpaved road in Fakahatchee Stands Preserve State Park. Numerous hiking and bicycling trails. Ranger-led programs in winter.

Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
- Refuge protects habitat for the endangered Florida panther. 1/3-mile long wheelchair accessible loop trail and 1.3-mile long trail open to the public.

Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center
- A film and interactive exhibits explain the diversity within the Big Cypress Swamp. Manatee viewing in the winter.

Turner

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By Sandra Hughes, October 3, 2015
2. Everglade National Park by Canoe
River Road & Birdon Road
- These gravel roads form a U-shaped, 17-mike drive through predominantly open grass prairie dotted with slash pine and bald cypress.

H.P. Williams - Picnic Area
- Excellent for alligator viewing and bird watching.

Kirby Storter
- One mile round-trip wheelchair accessible boardwalk into a cypress dome:

Loop Road
- The 26-mile unpaved scenic drive passes through the heart of Big Cypress National Preserve.

Big Cypress National Preserve
- Oasis Visitor Center - A fill and exhibits explain the wonders of the Preserve. Alligator viewing, Hiking trails including a 35-mile portion of the Florida Scenic Trail. Ranger-led actives are offered in winter.

Shark Valley (Everglades National Park)
Narrated tram tours into the sawgrass prairie. Walking trails of varying lengths.Bicycle the 15-mile loop (big rentals viable). Excellent wildlife viewing. Ranger-led actives are offered in winter.

While you are Here
Discover the Visitor Center!

Interactive Exhibits!
Visit the native plant and butterfly garden.
Seasonal Ranger Programs
Talks, nature walks, canoe, tours, and more offered in winter.
Explore the 10,000 Islands!
Explore by Canoe Check upstairs for details and paddling
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By Sandra Hughes, October 3, 2015
3. While you are here
conditions.
Explore by boat
Visit the Everglades National Park Boat Tours office for departure times, rates and tickets.
Explore by foot
Boardwalk trails are minutes away along the Tamiami Trail.
Explore Everglades National Park by Canoe.
Sandfly Island Loop
Halfway creek and Turner River
 
Erected by National Park Service U.S.Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 25° 50.71′ N, 81° 23.186′ W. Marker is in Everglades City, Florida, in Collier County. Marker is on 815 Oyster Bar Lane. Touch for map. Marker is near Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Everglades City FL 34139, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Everglades National Park (here, next to this marker); Everglades Community Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Laundry Building - Everglades Women's Club (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Collier County Courthouse (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Cypress Swamp (approx. 5.6 miles away); Ochopee Post Office (approx. 6.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Ten Thousand Islands. The Ten Thousand Islands are a labyrinth of water and mangroves. The islands harbor an
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By Sandra Hughes, October 3, 2015
4. Ten Thousand Islands
abundance of life, and the shallows serve as nursery grounds for countless marine species. Boaters should be mindful of the depth of the water, as shallows are common. Finding your way through this area of the park can be difficult, and it is strongly recommended that visitors reference NOAA Charts #11430 and 11432 to assist them. (Submitted on July 28, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, October 3, 2015
5. Visitor Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 28, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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