A launch point for adventures into the Ten Thousand Islands and the Big Cypress Swamp, Everglades City began as a trading post and sportsman’s getaway in the thick of the swamp, and became the neatly designed historic town it is today during construction of the Tamiami Trail across the Everglades. With numerous locally-owned accomodations, seafood restaurants, and tour operators, it’s one of Florida’s most appealing small towns for visitors looking for outdoor adventure.
Trails and Parks around Everglades City
- Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk - East of Naples, the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park offers a peek into a notable natural landmark, a stand of virgin cypress.
- Big Cypress National Preserve - Protecting the heart of the Big Cypress Swamp, Big Cypress National Preserve was established in 1974. Exploring its lush subtropical landscapes means wading through crystal-clear swamps or paddling its channelized rivers.
- Collier-Seminole State Park - It was meant to be a national park, the largest natural hammock of royal palms in the United States, set aside by developer Barron Collier during his push to create the Tamiami Trail across the Everglades. The Federal government wasn't interested, so the state of Florida stepped in and created Collier-Seminole State Park, which opened in 1947.
- Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park - It’s the Amazon of North America, home of the ghost orchid. Protecting more than 85,000 acres, Fakahatchee Strand is Florida's largest state preserve and most certainly our wildest.
- Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge - The longer of two loops at Florida Panther NWR guarantees a wet walk through panther habitat of wet pine flatwoods and cypress domes
- Florida Trail, Loop Road to Oasis - No longer officially part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, the Loop Road to Oasis section of the Florida Trail is now blazed blue. This is where sawgrass and cypress meet, where the Everglades and Big Cypress blend.
- Kirby Storter Boardwalk - An accessible walk through the habitats of the Big Cypress Swamp, Kirby Storter Boardwalk gets you up close to the wonders of nature in Big Cypress National Preserve
- Leslie M. Duncan Memorial Trail - At Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, the Leslie Duncan Memorial Trail is a short, accessible exploration into the habitats of the Big Cypress Swamp
- Ten Thousand Islands Marsh Trail - On a 2.4-mile round-trip, immerse yourself in the wild world of the Ten Thousand Islands on a trail that takes you to place you'd normally only see from a boat.
- The Tamiami Trail Triathlon - Trying the hiking portion of the Tamiami Trail Triathlon in summer is a little crazy, but we wanted to check it out. The swamp is lovely, but the loop uses a hiker-unfriendly OHV road