Ten Thousand Islands of Everglades National Park: Carnestown to Chokoloskee Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A 15-mile round-trip drive through mangrove forest wetlands to Everglades National Park’s Gulf Coast unit, which has a small interpretive center and guided boat tours into the park’s Ten Thousand Islands. The drive enters two historic fishing villages; one is on an island created by aboriginal Indians who piled up discarded shells. The drive also visits a former 1917 Seminole Indian and pioneer trading post, a national historic site. This 15-mile round trip into the fringes of mangrove forest ends on an island at the edge of the remote Ten Thousand Islands. This region of Everglades National Park is a lesser-known territory of the vast delta drainage system and wildlife shelter at the southern tip of Florida. The drive is an introduction to the watery world of mangroves, porpoises, and bird rookeries, easily seen by guided boat tour, or with area wildlife guides via canoe or small boat. The drive also introduces a range of aboriginal, Native American, and pioneer history. Special features: Everglades City; Everglades National Park Gulf Coast Visitor Center; Chokoloskee Island; Smallwood Store and Ole Indian Trading Post Museum; origin of Wilderness Waterway canoe trail; boat tours; guided wildlife trips; canoeing; kayaking; excellent birding, fishing, and beachcombing at park islands; bicycling. This chapter is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."