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Review of Long Pine Key

Long Pine Key
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Owner description: Area in Everglades National Park that offers camping facilities.
Reviewed February 19, 2014

this was my second time to go there, enjoyed it as much this time as 3 years ago. It has changed on weekends, the campground is full and really noisy with kids, still don't like having to turn generator off at 8 at night while kids are still screaming and making lots of noise.

3  Thank Lindahicks2013
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

When I returned to the Everglades, I wanted to spend more time on the Long Pine Key trails. Per the rangers May is the borderline for the insect outbreak, so I biked instead of hiking. What a great time. While Shark Valley is more popular for biking, Long Pine is a much better venue. I began at 8 and finished the 14 mile round trip before 10, which included time to walk around the lake at the far end. I started and finished at the campground. The 7 mile bike accessible trail takes you through primarily a wonderful Slash pine forest but you also cross sawgrass prairie and Hardwood Hammocks. On the far end there is a pond (did not see any gators in it) where you can get off your bike and take a break for water and food (bring with you). The insects were not a problem at all but may have been if hiking. The trail while in the wild is primarily along the limestone with some mud and plant material. It is really fairly easy. There are plants growing all around the path and stickers are present but I really did not feel them. Saw looks of wildlife, birds, frogs, fish and a box turtle crossing the path. Never saw another soul the entire time. It was incredibly fun and peaceful as well as great exercise. I would highly recommend this activity as one of the better things to do in the Everglades park, especially in the Pinelands.

5  Thank Grover R
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

The Pinelands are one of the many habitats of the Everglades and Long Pine Key is the best place to experience it. There are several trails, camp grounds and picnic tables. As there are few food opportunities in the park, we packed sandwiches from Subway on Highway 1 and ate at Long Pine. It was a great setting for lunch under the pines. There is also a restroom facility right there. We enjoyed seeing several bird species while having lunch. Beware to not leave food on the table unattended, the crows can be aggressive and watch while you eat. Biking and hiking would be fun here but we had limited time and this is the least unique habitat in the park. Still if you have the time enjoy it. Also as a correction to some other post, nearly all the species of pine is Slash. While it can be confused with the Loblolly, Slash is very good in wet soil where loblolly is not.

Thank Grover R
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

I camped out there for about 8 days. There are no hookups for RV's, but there is water and a dump station, plus very nice, clean, modern bathrooms for those in tents or who don't have full facilities in whatever they are traveling in.

What I liked best about the place was the lack of amenities. There were no lights to spoil the night sky. No electricity for people to run their stereos and TV's all night long.

What there was was peace, quiet, a campground where you didn't need to reserve a space months in advance to have a place to stay and a nice, central location to a lot of great scenery and hiking trails.

3  Thank DreamOnYall
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

With Lob Lolly pines all around, the sights are great for stargazing, and private as much as possible given the natural plants. Be prepare for some mosquitoes, but watch for the warning from low to high and act accordingly. We had a swarm of knats come through, but they are not common to every site.

1  Thank MissRainy
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