Craighead Pond Canoe Trail

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The wide expanses of Craighead Pond in Everglades National Park.
CLICK for interactive panorama!

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Somewhere on the Craighead Pond Canoe trail

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The Craighead Pond Canoe trail is about a 12 – 14 mile round trip if you start and end at Nine Mile Pond. You’ll paddle through some of the most pristine and picturesque freshwater interior Everglades territory! In the Craighead Pond area, you can paddle along and parallel to  the “reef” line and also intersect with the smaller of the two Everglades sloughs – the Taylor Slough. This trip should probably only be done during times of high water, otherwise you will find yourself slough-slogging at lot.

Although there are pvc markers, they are hard to spot & you’ll probably miss some or many of them. Here you can free-range most of the way and orient via compass heading and/or a gps unit. This is very different from the typical creeks, channels and trails that paddlers are used to in other parts of Everglades National Park. If you find the old abandoned research platform, it  makes a great turn around point. You can also get to Craighead Pond if you’re running down the Taylor Slough!

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Mangrove canopy under that big, big sky on Craighead Pond.

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Paddling among mangroves and periphyton, under a big blue sky. It’s a beautiful thing!

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Satellite view of Nine Mile Pond and Craighead Pond areas.
Approximate round trip route equals about 12 – 14 miles!

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BIG thanks to the good folks at Everglades Exploration Network and the Miami Kayak Club !

Here’s a cool story from the Miami Herald about this area.

Additional and much more detailed info here.

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Enjoy!

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rasta happy kayakfari kayak canoe paddle photography adventure

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DISCLAIMER:: The maps and images on this site are not intended for navigation, I am not a guide; use any and all information at your own risk! Your mileage may vary .. so use good judgement before venturing out!

With that said..
Blessings friends!

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