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Everglades National Park East Entrance to Flamingo Scenic Route

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Everglades National Park East Entrance to Flamingo Scenic Route is a 36.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Homestead, Florida that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, bird watching, and scenic driving and is best used from November until April.

Distance: 36.2 miles Elevation Gain: 26 feet Route Type: Point to Point

kid friendly

nature trips

scenic driving

bird watching






no dogs

5 days ago

Beautiful drive through the park. Lots of great views. Best done in the winter, very muggy during the summer.

6 months ago

Drove through in February. Flat and brown but still enjoyed it. Saw egrets and some flowers.

scenic driving
8 months ago

Went in January when the mosquitos weren't that bad, nice breeze on a sunny day. There's a few short trails that makes the drive even more interesting, you'll see gators, birds, fish, turtles, and more.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

For $25.00, you get all the mosquitos you want and if you go in the morning after it rain you have a better chance of seeing the wild life.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

great, bring mosquito spray. also good and drink, nothing till flamingo

scenic driving
Friday, October 21, 2016

I visited on Thanksgiving weekend last year, driving from the east entrance all the way down to Flamingo and back. It was a beautiful day, and I got out on the trails and boardwalks in many locations along the park road. Happily, I was able to see lots of wildlife (gators, turtles, deer, egrets, herons, anhingas, osprey and a few huge spiders...and also happily, no snakes). I soon realized that it wasn't far enough into the colder months to significantly limit the often relentless mosquitoes, particularly in the southern part of the park. I still was able to thoroughly enjoy my visit however.

scenic driving
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Did this years ago and again last December. I am not really into the reptiles, but we did not see anything last time anyway.

scenic driving
Sunday, November 22, 2015

I have done this drive many times and I must agree with Christine; sometimes you see a lot of wild life and sometimes nothing.

scenic driving
Thursday, June 21, 2012

I have driven this route many, many times and at different time of the day and night. Sometimes you see a lot, and sometimes you don't. Keep your eyes open for deer, turtles, gators, snakes, herons, egrets, anhingas, cormorants, kingfishers and hawks. The Everglades are subtle. Don't expect any huge "oohs" and "ahhs" like the Grand Canyon. Beautiful times to see it are sunrise and sunset. If skeeters scare you, go in the winter and they won't be bad at all (though Flamingo seems to always have plenty of 'em!) . Don't forget to stop at the Ernest Coe visitor center at the entrance...nice gift shop, restrooms and informative displays. Oh, and if you go all the way down to Flamingo, look for tarpon and manatees in the basin! Hurricane Andrew destroyed the rental cabins that used to be there, as well as a restaurant and lodge.

scenic driving
Thursday, October 14, 2010

This is a very interesting drive, but stay in the car. We saw owls, alligators, cormorants, egrets, and herons. An alligator warming himself in the road hissed at the car and then slipped into the water; he moved so fast we didn't even see where he went in. The mosquitoes were so thick they were like a fog; they got into the car and buzzed us for the rest of the drive :p

3 months ago

Saturday, June 10, 2017

off road driving
Sunday, January 18, 2015

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