Everglades National Park reopens main visitor center, Anhinga Trail

Everglades National Park reopens main visitor center, Anhinga Trail

This is the morning view from the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center porch post-Irma.

Everglades National Park has reopened the Homestead visitor entrance from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center for regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and the Anhinga Trail.

Park Rangers have resumed offering the Anhinga Amble (10:30 a.m., 50 minutes) and Glades Glimpse (1:30 p.m., 20 minutes) programs to visitors daily.

As of Sept. 27 restrooms and water were only available at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, and visitors are strongly encouraged to bring a water bottle that can be refilled before proceeding to Royal Palm.

“We are very pleased to be inviting the public back to their park,” said Everglades National Park superintendent Pedro Ramos. “Parks provide our community a place to relax and recharge after significant events such as Hurricane Irma.”

Along the Tamiami Trail, Coopertown Airboat Tours, Gator Park, and Everglades Safari park also are open for tours. Park marine waters remain open to the public and to commercial permit holders. A Notice to Mariners has been posted regarding hazards in Florida Bay. The Flamingo Marina remained closed.

All other areas of the park remained closed, and were to reopen in phases as they became safe. The park will close at night for safety and security purposes.

In addition to assessing infrastructure, the park continued to assess impacts to the park’s natural and cultural resources.

“The Everglades is very resilient and while Hurricane Irma knocked down a lot of trees and affected our marine areas, it will recover as it always has in the past,” Ramos said.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available on the park’s website www.nps.gov/ever and social media.

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