Thursday, July 25, 2013

Volunteers Trim National Trails

Everglades National Park has 82 miles of surfaced roads, 156 miles of trails, and 7 miles of interpretive trails. Volunteers are an immense help to the park for the up keep and maintenance of these facilities for public enjoyment.  On June 1, 2013, Everglades National Park hosted an event in recognition of National Trails Day. 

National Trails Day encourages all Americans to get outside to experience, appreciate, and celebrate the natural places where we can find spectacular scenery, peace of mind, and recreation. One of the most spectacular views of Everglades National Park’s scenery is Pahayokee.  For National Trails Day, six volunteers trimmed branches and palm fronds, clearing the boardwalk and the scenic overlook.  

Visitors can now enjoy the expansive, inspiring view of the ‘everglades; river of grass’ unobstructed by vegetation and see what many consider South Florida’s Serengeti.  Visitors are also able to walk the trail and not be brushed upon by a poison ivy vine as it tries to extend itself to capture sunlight just as a friend extends his hand for a handshake.

Pahayokee is only 0.16 miles long, that leaves 6.84 miles of interpretive trails and 156 miles of regular trails left to be maintained.  Join us next season for National Public Lands Day, the last Saturday in September, or next year for National Trails Day 2014, the first Saturday in June.

Directions to Pahayokee Trail: 13 miles (21 km) from the main park entrance/ Ernest Coe Visitor Center.

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