Plant Identification Along the Coastal Prairie Trail
in Everglades National Park
Leaders: Jimi Sadle
Start Time at Site: 9:30 AM
End Time at Site: 2:00 PM
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Lunch Included? No
Handicap Access: No
Cost: $7 + Nat'l Park Entrance Fee (see below)
Coastal Prairie Trail offers open, expansive and colorful views of the coastal prairie plant community before passing through buttonwood and coastal hardwood hammock. A wide variety of salt tolerant herbs, trees and shrubs will be identified along the trail, including state and federally listed species. Trail conditions vary at this time of year, standing water and slippery mud may be found along the way. Much of the trail is exposed to direct sun, so expect high heat and humidity. Mosquitoes can also be extremely abundant in this part of the park. We will walk approximately 5 miles total and the trip should take around 3-4 hours. Nevertheless this opportunity to walk with Jimi Sadle, a very experienced and long-time national park botanist, will be well worth any trouble (and we have an equal chance of it being lovely weather and conditions).
Fee: $7 + National Park Entrance Fee for a private vehicle without a National Park pass is $25. Carpooling in advance is an option, but check in advance at the Conference Registration tables to better understand carpooling options.
What to bring: Participants should wear old sneakers and light, loose fitting long pants, long sleeved shirts, and a hat for sun. Bring sunscreen, water, and insect repellent. Bring a bag lunch and/or snacks to eat along the way. A light pack for carrying these essentials is a good idea. Mosquitoes vary day to day depending upon weather from negligible to abundant, so we will provide a FEW head nets, if needed. If you want to be assured of having one, bring your own.
Fuel: There is no operational gas station once you enter the park. Please ensure that you have adequate fuel to make the approximately 80 mile round trip.
Directions to gathering point at Coastal Prairie Trailhead*: After entering Everglades National Park and paying entrance fee (or presenting Pass), continue along Main Park Road to Flamingo. Once in Flamingo, continue on Main Park Road past the Flamingo Visitor Center (on left) and Eco Pond (on right) and into Flamingo Campground. Stop and let the fee attendant know that you are going to Coastal Prairie Trail. Follow the road along the north edge of A-Loop and through the open gate into B Loop. The trailhead is at the very western edge of the B Loop campground. Trip from Miccosukee Resort is about 1 hr 45 min, so allow about 2 hours.
*Note: Click link (gathering point address above) for real-time directions from your location using Google Maps. If you would like to view directions from the Miccosukee Resort, enter the starting point as 500 SW 177th Ave, Miami, FL 33194. By allowing more time than you think is required, you can make your ride there more relaxing.
GPS Location: 25.13670 -80.94850