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Everglades National Park may be just an hour’s drive from Miami, but visiting the Everglades feels like stepping onto another planet. Covering more than one million acres of pristine natural habitat, the park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.

This World Heritage Site is a landscape of unforgiving swampland, rare and unique wildlife, and many memorable outdoor experiences. This biodiverse ecosystem attracts over a million visitors per year and is an essential stop for anyone exploring southern Florida.

However, with so much to see in the park and significant distances separating its four main visitors’ centers, one of the best ways to explore Everglades National Park is in a rental RV. So search for an RV in Miami-Dade County, Monroe County, or Collier County and immerse yourself in this world-famous wilderness area.

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Getting Outdoors

Unless you have a boat, much of the territory in the park will be beyond reach. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll struggle to find things to see and experiences to savor on your Everglades National Park RV camping adventure.

The most accessible of the park’s four visitors’ centers is at Shark Valley, around one hour west of Miami. Found in the heart of the Everglades, this is the place to go if you want to do some wildlife watching. There’s a 15-mile loop road which you can walk, cycle, or tour via tram, plus an observation tower that offers excellent views out over the surrounding terrain. From alligators and turtles to an astonishing variety of birdlife, you can expect to catch a glimpse of many creatures great and small.

The main entrance to Everglades National Park is about an hour’s drive south, near the city of Homestead. This is a great spot to explore the park on foot, with two trails to choose from. The Anhinga Trail boardwalk leads you along Taylor Slough and is popular with wildlife watchers, while the Gumbo Limbo Trail winds through a peaceful hardwood hammock.

Continue heading southwest, and you’ll eventually find yourself at the Flamingo Visitors’ Center, which is the place to go when you want to access beautiful Florida Bay. You can head out from the marina here to explore the maze of interconnected waterways, and it’s ideal for canoeing and birdwatching.

The fourth and final Everglades National Park visitors’ center is located near Naples on the Gulf Coast. From here, you can take a sightseeing boat tour (or launch your own boat) to head out and explore the Ten Thousand Islands. This expansive mangrove estuary is home to many endangered species, including the Florida manatee and Atlantic loggerhead turtle, making it a haven for nature lovers.

Camping at Everglades National Park

If you want to go RV camping at Everglades National Park, there are two frontcountry campgrounds where RVs are permitted. Both can be accessed via the Homestead park entrance.

The first option is Long Pine Key Campground, which offers more than 100 sites and is open from November through April. Most are back-in sites, but there are also some sites set aside for larger rigs. The campground features flush toilets, showers, and a dump station, but there are no electrical or water hookups.

The second is Flamingo Campground, which features more than 230 drive-in sites. This campground is open all year round, but please keep in mind that conditions during the wet season (June to November) can be quite uncomfortable. Located right next to Florida Bay, Flamingo Campground features several pull-through sites and 41 sites with electric hookups. However, electric hookups aren’t available at any other sites.

Exploring the Area

Before wrapping up your Everglades National Park RV camping adventure, make sure you take the time to explore the park by boat. With so much of this pristine wilderness area only accessible by water, you’re really selling yourself short if you don’t leave dry land behind at least once.

Of course, how you do this is up to you. Airboat rides are available in the Shark Valley section of the park, while there are excellent canoeing and kayaking trails to be found from the Flamingo Marina. Guided Florida Bay or Gulf Coast boat tours are also a unique way to see some of the park’s best scenery and learn a thing or two at the same time.

And once you’ve seen everything you want to in Everglades National Park, you can steer your rental RV towards plenty of other nearby attractions. For example, visitors on the Gulf Coast might want to head north to explore Fort Myers, while those in the park’s southeast can visit Key Largo, Key West, or head for the bright lights of Miami.

Find an RV rental near Everglades National Park and get out there to see just what this beautiful national park has to offer.

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