Everglades National Park

Fact Box

Everglades National Park
Established in 1947
1,508,571 acres
Visitation (2007) 1,074,764

The largest tract of wilderness east of the Rocky Mountains is located in south Florida within Everglades National Park. Simply put, it protects more subtropical land and water than anywhere else in the United States, but such a basic description doesn't offer justice to the poignant significance it offers our nation.

From a biological perspective, it is home to some of the most rare and endangered species in the U.S.: the West Indian manatee, the American crocodile, and more than a dozen others. It is one of the most significant corridors and stopovers for migrating species. And it is home to the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western hemisphere.

But from a human perspective, this place offers educational, recreational, and inspirational opportunities found nowhere else in the world. NPCA encourages you to visit this place and experience the Everglades in the way that best suits you—whether on a multi-day backcountry trek through the Wilderness Waterway or a casual visit to the park’s many rich wildlife viewing sites. Regardless, we invite you to learn more about this unique American resource, and the threats that face it, so that this "river of grass" flows strong for generations.


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