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Florida's best known natural landmark, Everglades National Park was the first park preserved for purely ecological, rather than scenic, reasons. From cypress swamps to coastal marshes to pine forest, there are many unique environments to explore with wildlife abound. Stop by the visitor center to learn where the rangers recommend to go to see alligators and the many species of birds.
There isn't an expansive network of trails in the Everglades, mostly due to the fact that constantly fluctuating water washes away any natural-surface trails. Along the main road, you'll find several boardwalks, including Pahayokee Overlook and Mahogany Hammock Trail, which loop and sample the different types of landscapes. Unlike most other national parks, off-trail hiking is permitted (otherwise known as slough slogging). No matter where you go, be prepared for your shoes to get wet!
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