CURRY HAMMOCK STATE PARK
This park is made up of a group of islands in the Middle Keys, with public access to swimming, a playground, picnic tables, grills, and showers on the ocean side of Little Crawl Key. The hardwood hammocks found on these tropical islands support one of the largest populations of thatch palms in the United States. Mangrove swamps, seagrass beds, and wetlands provide vital habitats for tropical wildlife.
Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.
Located in the Florida Keys, this park was established in 1991. It spans over a thousand acres of untouched land and water bodies.
The area is named after the Curry family who were early settlers on Key Vaca during late 1800s to mid-1900s.
Previously used for farming coconuts and pineapples, it became protected due to its ecological significance.
It houses one of largest seagrass beds globally which serves as an important habitat for marine life species.
It offers recreational activities such as camping, fishing or kayaking while preserving local wildlife habitats.
Annual Entrance Passes can be purchased at all park ranger stations and museums. If you require immediate use of your pass, this is the best option. Passes can be purchased during regular business hours 365 days a year. Please call the park in advance to ensure availability. Those who are eligible for discounted or free passes may use this method to receive their pass. Annual Entrance Passes may be purchased online by visiting the FLORIDA STATE PARKS ANNUALENTRANCE PASSES
A 28-site campground, located along the oceanfront, is open from November 1 through May 31 each year. Most sites have a gravel parking area for cars and RVs, and most have an adjoining sand area for pitching a tent. The sites without a sandbox are 10-19, 21, and 26. Tents may be placed on these sites as well, but the gravel is more coarse. Site 1 is ADA accessible. The campground fills quickly in winter, so make your plans early.
All 28 campsites offer water and 15/30/50 amp electric hookups, and a dump station is available within the campground. All sites are reserved through Reserve America.
Swimming is available in designated areas. In general, the water is shallow and the currents and waves gentle.
The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. There are boat ramps available that provide easy access to the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Kayaking is also popular due to calm waters and beautiful scenery along the shoreline. Canoeing can be enjoyed on both ocean side or gulf side with rentals readily accessible within the park premises.
Canoeing and kayaking are outstanding in Curry Hammock State Park. Human powered boats may be carried to the waterfront and launched from both the day-use area and campground. The shallow waters are usually calm with gentle currents. There are miles of shoreline on both the Atlantic and Bay of Florida sides of the park and a beautiful mangrove creek to explore. There are no facilities for powerboats in the park, and most of the waters within the park are a no combustion zone.
Fishing is allowed within the park. The flats often hold permit and bonefish, and the channel alongside the park has produced sizable sharks, snapper, snook, and more. Florida fishing regulations apply within the park, and spearguns are prohibited at all times.
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The picnic area is located on the southeast end of the park and has 4 pavilions, each with a barbecue grill and 4 picnic tables. Please contact the ranger station at (305) 289-2690 for availability and reservations. When not reserved these pavilions are available on a first-come basis. Other picnic tables are spread out along the waterfront. Pavilion 1 is ADA accessible.
Bicycles are welcome on park roads, and the Overseas Heritage Multi-use Trail which passes through the park, providing easy access to and from Marathon. For your safety, remember persons under the age of 16 years are required by state law to wear a properly fitting bike helmet. To preserve the natural areas of the park, bicycles are limited to roadways and are not permitted on footpaths, boardwalks, restroom ramps, or the nature trail.
A 1.5-mile nature trail winds through the hardwood hammock. The tread is uneven and appropriate footware is recommended.
The park offers birding opportunities with a variety of species like wading birds. The Atlantic Flyway migration route passes through this area attracting numerous migratory birds. Birdwatchers can spot raptors and shorebirds along the coastline too.
Inline skating is permitted on the park's roadways, and on the Overseas Heritage Multi-use Trail.
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.
Pets are not allowed on beaches, 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. For more information, see the Official Pet Policy.
The park is located along both sides of U.S. 1 starting at Little Crawl Key, Mile Marker 56.2, 11 miles west of Long Key. The entrance to the facilities is on the ocean side of U.S. 1.