From the pages of I RVing: Winter 2022

Everglades National Park


Imagine the awe of the Spanish explorers as they first paddled across the Everglades. Fog on the water. Strange, long-legged birds taking a flight out of cypress swamps and mangrove dens. The bellows of giant alligators rising from a river of grass. It’s easy to imagine—because not much has changed. Today, the wetland sanctuary—the third largest park in the contiguous U.S. remains largely untouched. And yes, you can drive through it and camp in it. The only thing missing is the sign: “Welcome to Jurassic Park.”

The Tower Above Shark Valley. This panoramic view, 45 feet above the saw grass prairie, is accessible by a hike, tram, or bike. Heads up: You won’t see sharks, but you will see gators. Lots of them. Nearest Parking Lot Coordinate: 25° 45′ 27″ N 80° 46′ 01″ W

The Tranquility of Coot Bay Pond. Dip your oar into Coot Bay Pond to enjoy the double delight of shady mangrove tunnels and open vistas across the pond’s still waters.
Nearest Parking Lot Coordinate: 25° 10′ 57″ N 80° 53′ 52″ W


Drive into the heart of a wetland nature scape.

Expect wildlife in the Everglades to be weirdly present, bringing out your inner child. (Heck, maybe that’s the fountain of youth!) The biodiversity is truly stunning: manatees, snapping turtles, alligators, crocodiles, panthers, and over 300 species of bird. As you enter, note that the park’s three entrances don’t interconnect—so, plan your route ahead of time, factoring in park admission, camping fees, and a way to get on the water. Whether it’s by airboat ride or kayak, put the RV in the park and take a nautical detour.



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