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Long Key State Park
Long Key State Park
P.O. Box 776
Long Key, Florida   33001

Phone: 305-664-4815
Reservations: 305-664-4815
The Spanish named this island "Cayo Vivora" or Rattlesnake Key because its shape resembles a snake with its jaws open. In the early 20th century, Long Key was the site of a luxurious fishing resort that was destroyed during the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. Today, visitors can explore this island by canoeing through a chain of lagoons or hiking two land-based trails. The Golden Orb Trail leads visitors through five natural communities to an observation tower that provides a panoramic view of the island and its profusion of plant and animal life. Some of the best bonefishing in the Keys is found here. Full-facility campsites overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Located at Mile Marker 67.5, 67400 Overseas Highway.

Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.
History of the Area
Long before the park was established, the subtropical climate, clear waters and abundance of marine life attracted explorers. The Calusa Indians lived off the plant and marine life before the arrival of the first Spanish settlers. After Spanish occupation, other travelers from nearby islands such as the Bahamas made their way to Long Key.

By 1912, the Florida Keys were no longer considered a remote area to travel. By this time, the Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railroad was completed, allowing Long Key to become an important depot. Henry Flagler, the founder of the railroad, also established the Long Key Fishing Club which was a Mecca for the world?s greatest saltwater fishermen. This productive era came to a temporary end when a hurricane destroyed the railroad and fishing club in 1935.
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingWater/Electric Sitesyes
There are 60 full-facility campsites in the park, all overlooking the Atlantic ocean! Each campsite comes equipped with a picnic table, ground grill, water, and electricity. Three restrooms with hot showers, are centrally located. Also provided, is a dump station for gray and black water. Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance. The sites book quickly so make your plans well in advance.
June 24
Ranger Led Program
Join a park ranger for a hike, paddle, swim, or talk to learn more about the unique environment and history of Long Key! Program topics will vary depending on the time of year and interest of the participants. You could be observing the plants and animals along the Golden Orb Nature Trail, exploring the seagrass beds in the ocean shallows, identifying shorebirds on the sandbars, or paddling through the mangroves along the coastline. In each program, a ranger will teach you interesting new facts or useful skills. Please contact the ranger station to inquire about weekly program topics and details.

Additional Information:

Bring water, sunscreen, and bug repellant. For most programs, wear comfortable closed toe shoes that can get wet.

Some programs may require participants to provide their own equipment (kayaks, mask and snorkel, etc.).

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One of three nature trails in the park, the Long Key Lakes Canoe Trail provides visitors with the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely "paddle" through the park?s shallow water lagoon. Canoe rentals and a self-guided brochure are available for this hour-long journey.
Canoeing & Kayaking

One of three nature trails in the park, the Long Key Lakes Canoe Trail provides visitors with the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely "paddle" through the park?s shallow water lagoon. Canoe rentals and a self-guided brochure are available for this hour-long journey.
Some of the best sport fishing in the Florida Keys are popular year-round. Saltwater fishing licenses are required in Florida.

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Picnic areas are available with a scenic view of the Atlantic Ocean.
In addition to the Long Key Lakes Canoe Trail, the park offers two land-based nature trails for visitors to explore. The "Golden Orb Trail," named after a native spider, is a leisurely 40-minute walk through several plant communities. The "Layton Trail" is located on the bay side of the park and takes 15 minutes to walk.
Nature Programs
A two-hour guided walk along the "Golden Orb Trail" is offered every Wednesday at 10:00am. Every Thursday, the park offers a Ranger's Choice program at 10:00am. These programs may consist of guided-walks, birding, photography, Florida's Native Americans, canoeing, and Florida's unique wildlife. Programs are subject to Ranger availability and weather conditions. Please check at the Ranger Station.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 15 many changes by Elise
many changes and not for the better. Campsites have been shortened. The canoe trail remains but no canoes are available to rent and dockage has been removed. This was once one of the best activities in the park. Many people are not aware that there are only a few sandy beaches in the entire Keys due to an offshore coral reef. This is NOT one of them.
December 23 Serene by desertminiac
I spent Thanksgiving 2010 at Long Key. Camped, kayaked and swam right from my camp site. You can rent kayaks and canoes there. Rest rooms and showers are clean. Great place to kick back and relax.
May 27
This is a great park for vacation. My wife and I had fun swimming, snorkeling and just admiring the atlantic ocean. If you are going to walk along the shore line bring water shoes becuase part of the shore line is rocky. The park staff was very helpful especally Beverly they helped make it a great vacation, Thank you all Mr. W. Love
May 2 bad beach
i paid 7 dollars to go to long key state park the beach looked pretty good , untill i walked in the water the sand was like mud i sank up to my ankels and could not walk in it it was nasty. i wasted my money going there i di d not stay i turned around and left
May 25 Best Florida state park for camping by L Walker
Beautiful waterfront sights, modern bath houses (1 for each 20 sites) and friendly staff.
April 21 Waterfront camping by HAL
This is a fun park. Each site fronts the water, there are no bad views. However, there are sites with rocks in the water that will keep you from swimming, wadding or launching a kayak directly from in front of your site (mid 30s through mid 40s). We were not on the rocks, but still needed water shoes to cushion the pebbles while fishing and wadding. Sunrises are spectacular. If you are a tent camper, I suggest sites 9 and 10. Bath houses are modern and kept very clean. All in all we had a most enjoyable time.

Pets are not allowed on beaches, along the natural shoreline, in picnic shelters, or in the bathhouses. In the areas where pets are allowed they must be on a six-foot hand held leash and be well behaved at all times.

Pet Camping

Pets must be confined, leashed (not to exceed six feet in length) or otherwise under the physical control of a person at all times. Tethered pets must not be left unattended for more than 30 minutes. Quiet hours must be observed from 11:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Florida law requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Any pet that is noisy, dangerous, intimidating or destructive will not be allowed to remain in the park. Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish must be confined or under the physical control of the owner. Some animals may be prohibited on park property. Failure to abide by these rules may result in the camper being asked to board the pet outside the park or to leave the campground.
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Long Key State Park is located at Mile Marker 67.5, 67400 Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys.

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Long Key State Park
Long Key State Park