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Review of Long Pine Key

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Owner description: Area in Everglades National Park that offers camping facilities.
Reviewed 21 December 2012

The unpaved 3-in-1 trail offers relief from the crowded boardwalks and a quiet walk through pines, grassland and mangroves on only 1/2 mile. Beautiful Rat Snake (harmless) on the trail, only one mosquito (Dec 19) and Red-shouldered Hawks screaming overhead.

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Reviewed 26 November 2012

This was our third trip staying in a tent here. We stayed over Thanksgiving weekend and the park was not full, but full enough. It is so beautiful and most times quiet. The wind blowing through the pines is so relaxing. You'll see plenty of birds and wildlife. There are plenty of very clean and stocked restrooms, however no showers, you'll need to drive 40 minutes down to Flamingo to take your shower. The ranger talks and walks are interesting and fun up at the Welcome Center. We didn't leave the camp this time, just wanted some good R&R and got it. Bring your own camp fire wood, It is expensive to buy nearby the park (even at Walmart and Home Depot) you are allowed and encouraged to walk around and pick up any small branches to start your fire with. Will be going back this weekend with grand children and their bikes! It is a first come first served park they do not take reservations. Most all sites are private and nice.

1  Thank KeyLargoKid
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

found this place by accident when visiting The Everglades. Went to The Royal Palm Center and done the amazing Anhinga trail there and saw tonnes of animals, then was driving down the road and saw sign posts to a picnic area, so followed the signs and we were glad we did so. We found a stunning lake and picnic tables with pine trees and peace and quiet. There were also rest rooms . The place was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. While we were there we only saw 4 other people. We could see a nice camp site on the other side of the lake. We walked right round the lake and then had a picnic lunch next to the lake. We did not see any flies or bugs and were not bitten at all( time of year I guess). After our lunch( late lunch) we found another walk through the forest and palm trees which was 1 mile long and quite interesting as it was starting to get dark. We loved it here as it was so calm and quiet.

Another day we decided to come back here as the ticket to The Everglades ( $10 per car lasts 7 days) was still valid and we were only staying in a hotel 10 miles away( Homestead). We bought food for a picnic and drove to the lake. Again it was very peaceful and the weather was perfect and warm and we had a great time. The toilet blocks were spotless and all you could hear were birds flying high up in the sky. We saw a few people biking past and a few people from the camp site walking around the lake. We noticed several walks around this area. There was a 7 mile hike which started at the top of the road near the entrance.

All in all we loved it here. It is a place to come and chill out for a while, have lunch etc. We were quite shocked how quiet it was as it was so beautiful here. We did not see much wildlife here but just sitting by the lake and relaxing was enough. This spot is perfect for a picnic after doing The Anhinga Trail at The Royal Palm Center which we luckily did. I think The Everglades are great value too as you pay $10 per car and the ticket lasts 7 days. No other fees in the park, just the one entrance fee and you can do as many hikes and trails as you wish and come back as often as you like over the 7 days.

7  Thank RachNorfolk
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

We took a 2 hour guided bike tour of the area. The park provides bikes, helmets, water bottles and a wonderful guide (Kurt - I think?) We just loved it - as avid cyclists this was nice and leisurely, but it was great to learn so much about the biology and geology of the area from a bike, and meet some nice new people! Oh - and the tour is free! Certainly one of the highlights of our trip!

1  Thank Santanaed
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

If you are tenting, as we were, keep in mind that this campsite is the closest inside Everglades National Park to Miami. On the plus side, it is easy to access for most people.

On the minus side, it is easy to access for most people. This small campground is nestled in a windless pine forest where sound carries easily and far. Just one group talking at medium to loud volume is all it takes to wreck the sleep of everyone staying nearby in a tent. For many, I would guess it is their first camping experience ever. 10 pm is the designated quiet hour, but it is completely ignored by campers. Park staff do NOTHING to enforce it. Earplugs barely cut through the din unless you are exhausted and a heavy sleeper.

In contrast to the tent sites, RV and trailer sites are towards the front. There are no electrical hookups. Generators are allowed to run until 8 pm. If you're staying in a trailer or motor home, you are in luck! Your home on wheels will likely insulate you from the all-night-party commencing outside.

So what can you do if you are tenting? A few tent sites are located closer to the front near the RVs. If you can, grab one. If not, avoid this place on weekends or skip it altogether. Flamingo is a better bet. It's windy beside the ocean and is more spread out. These factors make it quieter at night for tenting.

4  Thank Ellen M
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