An RV vacation to a unique national preserve site can provide a great getaway for the whole family. And this one in Florida, is a perfect winter destination all by itself. The preserve that we recommend you visit is the Big Cypress National Preserve. An easy drive from Miami, this park has a great mix of climates that is comfortable any time of year. This is the place to go for wildlife viewing, paddling fascinating waterways, and RV camping. El Monte RV Rentals in Miami will provide the ideal RV for your trip!
In Big Cypress National Preserve you will find a couple of RV campgrounds which are open all year. The Midway Campground is first-come, first-served and has twenty-six separate RV sites. There is also a dump station. This is a great place to make your home base while you explore the rest of the preserve.
Before you get completely settled in, you may want to take some of the scenic drives in the area. There are plenty of pull-offs where you can stop and watch wildlife, as well as, take in some wonderful views. Loop Road is 27 miles of forests with pines and dwarf cypress trees and, of course, numerous animals and birds. The Turner River / Wagonwheel / Birdon Roads Loop is a favorite of birders as there are a wide variety of wading birds that come to feed along this route.
You are going to be experiencing Alligator Alley in real-time and must bring your camera in order to not miss a shot of one of the most popular sights in southern Florida – alligators! And, of course, hiking is always something that will get you out there, up close and personal with nature here at the preserve. The Kirby Storter Boardwalk is a great path for those with young ones with them. Short and sweet, this route will take you into the heart of the Big Cypress swamp. You will find a whole network of hiking trails in the preserve so you can really see all the corners of this most fascinating swamp area.
One of the best trails in Big Cypress National Preserve is the section of the Florida National Scenic Trail that stretches across Florida. Three parts of this trail are within the park’s boundaries. There is the northern boundary to Interstate 75, then the section of Interstate 75 to Highway 41, and Highway 41 to the Loop Road. The latter is best in the winter season as there is no flooding as there is during rainy season.
If the weather permits, you will be lucky because you can follow the canoeing trails and really experience the swamp as it should be experienced. Newbies to paddling should take the Lefthand Turner River Trail. More experienced paddlers can take more difficult paddling trails like the Turner River or the Halfway Creek Loop. Right now is the paddling season. It goes from November through March.
Yes, a winter vacation to Big Cypress National Preserve is a wonderful trip to take in an RV. You will be happy to get out of the cold winds, blizzards, and freezing temperatures. Book your RV rental today!
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