Jack Watson Nature Trail

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Jack Watson Nature Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Big Pine Key, Florida that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.0 miles
6 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


This short nature trail located on Big Pine Key leads through an area of diverse vegetation including one of the last slash pine forests in the Florida Keys. The trail has interpretive signs along the pathway and is also great for wildlife viewing and birdwatching. The 1-mile hike is easy to follow and completely flat making it a great option for hikers of all skill levels. This trail winds its way around solution holes and will take you through one of the last and most beautiful slash-pine forests in the Florida Keys.

7 months ago

These interpretive trails are located a ¼ mile north of the Blue Hole, on Key Deer Blvd. There are two trails here; the Mannillo Trail, named in honor of Fred Mannillo, a local environmental advocate, is a short out and back trail, composed of crushed limestone. There are two benches located along the trail to relax and enjoy nature and the trail ends at an observation platform that is situated within a freshwater wetland area. The Watson Trail, named for the first Refuge Manager Jack Watson, is a 2/3 mile loop trail through pine rockland, freshwater wetland, and hardwood hammock habitat. These trails are located in full sun, so plan your trip accordingly. In summer they are best visited early in the morning and then later in the day, towards sunset.

Thursday, December 12, 2013