Camping in Everglades National Park

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By: Tracy Ann Simmonds

Camping in Everglades National Park

Camping in Everglades National Park is bound to be the adventure that helps you reconnect with nature. Before heading out, always check for camping conditions and seasonal information and check the Wilderness Trip Planner. Areas of the park may close due to seasonal flooding. Everglades National Park has backcountry and traditional camping accommodations for the novice and enthusiast alike, offering all you need for your outdoor adventure. 

Reservations for traditional camping can be made with Everglades Guest Services by calling (855) 708-2207.

Long Pine Key Boating Campground

Long Pine Key Campgrounds, near Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center is a drive-in campsite featuring ground sites, beach sites and chickees. Long Pine Key features one group campground for 15 people and a main campground with 108 drive-up spots.

Flamingo Campground

Flamingo Campground, near Flamingo Visitor Center is a well-established campground and is the only location in Everglades National Park with drinking water, a marina store, flush toilets and solar powered showers. There are 234 drive-up sites, 40 walk-up sites, three group sites and 100 RV sites available. 

If you’d like a little more luxury, rent an eco-tent from Flamingo Adventures. These tents have electricity, a queen-size bed or two full-size beds, a bug protector screen and a private patio with outdoor seating. You’ll be watching the sun rise and set in the cleanest air you’ve ever breathed, surrounded by abundant wildlife.

For a truly unique experience, rent a houseboat from Flamingo Adventures and explore Whitewater Bay. These houseboats sleep up to six and come equipped with plenty of creature comforts including hot water, a refrigerator, utensils and cookware, screened windows and furnishings. 

Backcountry Camping

There are more than 40 backcountry camping sites located throughout Everglades National Park. Some of these are “hike-in” campsites, while others are accessible by kayak or boat. You can spend a night over the water at Lane Bay, Shark Point, Alligator Creek, Lard Can, Pearl Bay or Hell’s Bay on a chickee. Chickees are elevated platforms with a roof and open sides where you can experience the excitement of being one with nature.

Camping Permits

All wilderness camping sites require a permit. You can apply for a permit here. Once you have applied for your permit, you must pick it up in person at the designated visitors center. View more wilderness permit FAQs.  

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