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Kayaking in the Everglades

By Viator, July 2017

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Where Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve meet near Everglades City exists the most scenic section of this national treasure that encompasses nine distinct ecosystems. Canoe and kayak trails twist and drift through mangrove tunnels, cypress forests, and estuaries that shelter birds, fish and other wildlife.

Here you’ll find the Turner River Canoe Trail, which runs 8.5 miles (13.7 km) downstream from the beginning of the river to Chokoloskee, with the Gulf Coast Visitor Center an additional 3 miles (4.8 km) down the way. Allow 5–8 hours for the entire trip. The Halfway Creek and Loop Trails are approximately 4–8 hour round trips, which are accessible from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City or from the Big Cypress Welcome Center on Sea Grape Drive off of US 41. If you’d like to get out and hike for a bit during your paddle, the Sandfly Island Loop takes you to Sandfly Island, where you can explore a one-mile loop on dry land. This 5-mile (8-km) route takes between 2.5–4 hours to complete.

Most visitor centers have an expansive map of trails. Flamingo Visitor Center has 10 canoe trails to explore through mangrove islands and large open lakes, but the most famous paddling route through the Everglades is the 99-mile (159-km) Wilderness Waterway trail, which begins at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center and terminates at Flamingo; most people allow eight days to complete the trail.

If paddling with an expert is on the itinerary, there are several great outfitters that operate from Flamingo Visitor Center, Everglades City, 10,000 Islands, Royal Palm, Shark Valley, or even Islamorada, down in the Florida Keys. With day trips that can range from 1–6 hours, these knowledgeable and professional companies will not only navigate you through the labyrinth of sawgrass marshes and cypress forests, but will also help you spot the most famous locals of the Everglades: alligators, egrets, manatees, and an impressive array of other bird and marine life. To really immerse yourself in the Everglades, consider an overnight or multi-day tour that combines paddling with camping.

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Boat Assisted Kayak Eco Tour (ENP), Everglades National Park, null
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Boat Assisted Kayak Eco Tour (ENP)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

This very popular eco-adventure and combines the best of a boat tour, a kayak tour and a walking tour in a single great learning experience. Depending on the ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Florida
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.95
Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco Tour, Everglades National Park, Eco Tours
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Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

This is a wonderful alternative to an airboat ride … quiet, peaceful and surreal. It is a leisurely paddle experience with a naturalist guide who throughout ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Florida
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $112.04
3 Day Everglades Kayaking and Camping Tour, Everglades National Park, Eco Tours
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3 Day Everglades Kayaking and Camping Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy a piece of Florida that many miss on their beach vacations during a 3 day kayaking and camping tour of the Everglades with an experienced naturalist ...  Read more

Location: Everglades, Florida
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $741.95

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