Everglades City Circuit

Everglades City, Florida 34139

Everglades City Circuit

Everglades City Circuit Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"You’ll find a little of each of the essential ingredients of the Everglades coast within this single five-day journey, starting and finishing at Everglades City. The trip begins by traversing a region of mangrove keys to reach the outer coast with its shell shorelines and sand spits, where you can watch the sun set into the sea.

After looping south on this outer fringe, you leave behind the open horizon and run deep into the Everglades until you reach brackish water and finally float onto clear freshwater right at the border of the Everglade Prairie, with its giant lake of saw grass. (Unfortunately, you are unlikely to see more than the occasional glimpse of the saw grass, which lies hidden behind the taller waterfront fringe of mangrove that lines even the tightest creeks.) Your return to Everglades City follows the northern section of the Wilderness Waterway, leading through open lakes and narrow twisting channels. The full Wilderness Waterway links Everglades City to Flamingo, about 99 miles to the south, so you are likely to see a little more boat traffic on this final part of the route."

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Trail Information

Everglades City
Nearby City
45–50 miles
Distance
Difficult
Skill Level
5 days
Duration
The tidal range exceeds 4 feet in some locations. In general, rising tides flood inland from the Gulf, and falling tides drain outward to the Gulf. The ebb, or falling tide, tends to be slightly stronger than the flood, owing to the freshwater that drains from the Everglades swamps, and the stream generally dissipates when it reaches the open water of the Gulf.
Tidal Information
The tidal streams can run swiftly through some of the channels, so plan to travel with the tide.
Hazards/Cautions
Gulf Coast Visitor Center, 815 Oyster Bar Ln., Everglades City 34139; (239) 695-3311; nps.gov.
Local Contacts
Waterproof Charts #41; NOAA chart #11430
Local Maps

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Dec 2018