Campgrounds Around Homestead, Florida

Campgrounds Around Homestead, Florida
Homestead, Florida, is a mid-size community in Miami-Dade County. While it is a suburb of the metropolitan Miami, outdoor enthusiasts will be able to take advantage of Homestead's location between Biscayne National Park to the east and Everglades National Park to the west. The two national parks have opportunities for bird watching, wildlife viewing, sea-kayaking, hiking and fishing. There are several options for campgrounds in the region surrounding Homestead.

Miami Everglades Campground

Miami Everglades Campground has RV sites, cabins for rent and tent sites. RV sites are level and have concrete patios as well as water, sewer and electric hookups. Tent sites are primitive (without hookups), but guests can use the water spigots for drinking water, showers, bathrooms and the guest house's kitchen. All guests have full use of the campgrounds amenities such as swimming pool, Internet, and recreation hall. The Miami Everglades Campground is within a 30-minute drive (depending on traffic) of Everglades National Park where there is sea-kayaking, hiking and bird watching.

Miami Everglades Campground
20675 SW 162nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33187
(305) 233-5300
miamicamp.com

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park has backcountry and frontcountry campgrounds. While the campgrounds are open year-round, the wet season has special issues and visitors should check with rangers for updated conditions or new posted rules during the wet season (May through November.) The two frontcountry campgrounds--The Lone Pine and Flamingo--can accommodate RVs and tents. Backcountry sites are tent only and reservations are recommended and can be made online through reserveamerica.com. Pets are only allowed on leashes and must not be left unattended or in cars while in the park. There are showers and bathrooms as well as fresh water sources/spigots for guest use. There is access to kayaking, fishing and hikes in the park.

Everglades National Park
40001 SR 9336
Homestead, FL 33034-6733
(305) 242-7700
http://www.nps.gov/ever

Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park is within site of Miami's skyline but offers backcountry and outdoor opportunities and campgrounds. Visitors at Biscayne National Park have options for scuba diving, snorkeling, kayak-touring, hiking and boating. There are campgrounds in the park that offer tent camping or boat camping. Boat campers can stay in either the Elliott Key or Boca Chita Key Harbors on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tent campers can opt for sites on either Elliott or Boca Chita Keys. There are showers, bathrooms and water spigots for camper use. Campers can take advantage of ranger-led seminars and talks on the park as well as swim, dive, snorkel and kayak the park's waters and reefs.

Biscayne National Park
9700 SW 328 St.
Homestead, Florida 33033
(305) 230-7275
nps.gov/bisc

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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