If you are looking to explore the Florida Keys on a budget, but still want to experience all the outdoor beauty, camp at Long Key State Park. This state park is situated on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay and is full of recreational activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Everything from camping, hiking, canoeing and water activities of all sorts can be found at Long Key State Park. Camping at Long Key State Park will be an enjoyment for the entire family.
Location and History
Long Key State Park can be found at Mile Marker 67.5 on the Overseas Highway. This is the one and only main road running through the entire Keys. You will have a hard time getting lost. Long Key State Park was originally named "Cayo Vivora" by Spanish explorers. This translates to Rattlesnake Key because its shape is that of a rattlesnake with an opened mouth. Originally there was a fishing resort where the state park is now situated. In 1935 the Labor Day Hurricane demolished the entire resort as it did with most of the Keys.
Long Key State Park
67400 Overseas Highway
Long Key, Florida 33001
The campsites at Long Key State Park are situated along the Atlantic Ocean. The facility accommodates both tent campers and RVs. Since these sites are often booked in advance, it is best to make reservations well before you expect to vacation there. Reservations can be made up to 11 months prior to your expected arrival. The camping area has 60 full-facility campsites. Every campsite has a picnic table, grill/firepit, electricity and water included. There are three bathrooms that are centrally located in the park and all have hot showers. There is also a dump station for those camping in an RV. Pet camping is allowed, but they must be kept on a leash and are not allowed on the beaches and certain other areas within the park. Vaccination records will be required.
If you enjoy spending time in the water or around it, Long Key State Park will not disappoint you. There are three nature trails located within the park, with one of them being a canoe trail. The two hiking trails are the Golden Orb Trail and the Layton Trail. Both trails will lead the hiker through the vast and diverse plant communities found in the Florida Keys. Canoes can be rented at the park to enjoy the hour long canoe trail through the shallow lagoon. Swimming and snorkeling can also be enjoyed at the park. Though you will need a Florida saltwater fishing license, anglers can experience some of the very best fishing in the state. There is also a picnic and playground area situated within the park.
Article Written By Joyce Starr
Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.