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Loop Road

Loop Road

Loop Rd, FL

The Basics

This scenic departure from the Tamiami Trail (US 41) gives visitors an excuse to slow down—the road is riddled with potholes—and enjoy the scenery. If your car is up to the challenge you can drive the road on your own. Otherwise, it is also possible to book a tour that travels the Loop Road in addition to visiting other parts of the surrounding preserve.xa0

Traveling with a guide enables you to focus on the sights and wildlife viewing rather than on navigating the rutted road. Plus, you can learn about the history of the area from your guide. The road is known for harboring illicit activities throughout the prohibition era and into the 50s and 60s. There are even claims that Al Capone owned a speakeasy along the road.

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Everglades National Park Biologist Led Adventure: Cruise, Hike + Airboat
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Everglades National Park Biologist Led Adventure: Cruise, Hike + Airboat
$239.00 per adult
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Stacey our guide was amazing. Extremely knowledgable and stuck the right balance with commentary and was also very friendly and accommodating. The day wouldn’t have been the same without her. The information helped us to understand the Everglades and how important the ecosystem is. Amazing trip thank you Stacey.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Take the Loop Road if you want to get off the main highway and into the Everglades.
  • Drive slow and watch for wildlife—it’s not uncommon to encounter alligators crossing the road.
  • Check the road conditions before starting out, it can be impassable during rainstorms.
  • In dry conditions, the road can be navigated in a 2-wheel-drive car but 4WD is advised if the road is wet.
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How to Get There

The Loop Road begins at the former Monroe Station (it is now burned to the ground but the sign still exists), 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) west of Oasis Visitor Center and 15 miles (24 kilometers) east of the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center. Follow the road until it reconnects with the Tamiami Trail (US 41) 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Miami at the 40-Mile Bend Check Station.

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When to Get There

It is easiest to travel the road when it is not raining, so your best shot is to visit during Florida’s dry, cool season from November to March. In the summer, parts of the road can be underwater and completely impassable.

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Why Visit Big Cypress National Preserve

Bordering Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve is a protected swampland without the same restrictions as the national park itself. This more lenient federal designation means that the preserve welcomes a diverse array of outdoor recreation activities. You can drive off-road vehicles, see the swamp from an airboat tour, and even hunt within the preserve.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Loop Road?
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What else should I know about attractions in Everglades National Park?
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As well as visiting the Loop Road, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: