Explore the most popular trails near Key Largo with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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walking
1 month ago

very short trail but super cute. my favorite was the cinnamon bark tree. there are also benches along the trail. I went in beginning of March and had no problems with bugs. there is an entrance fee to the park.

The park is more oriented to water activities, so the hiking trails are fairly short. There are opportunities for bird watching & the trails are well shaded with lots of native trees, but the trails are also quite short & pretty uneventful.

walking
7 months ago

This park was a development project that was shut down by the government because of endangered habitat. The path was the road going in to the neighborhood. Looks like the road was intentionally torn up. Two loops. Long loop seems to always be closed. No park staff.

trail running
8 months ago

This trail is close to home so we gave it a try. For anyone out of town visiting the Keys please note that this is the most boring "park" I have ever been to. Park service is often set up (only during Snowbird season) to collect $2.50 to enter the park. The path is paved in some parts but not in others from what appears to be damage to the road and is therefore not wheelchair accesible. With SO MANY beautiful parks in the area, why anyone at all would waste their time driving up to the park is beyond me. Most of the long loop trail is underwater and a CLOSED sign is up to the right of the trail.

lovely trail, lots of wildlife!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It's a nice flat and shaded walk. The long loop cannot be completed without waders because it goes into the water. Then there is the half loop which is beautiful. There is a poisonous tree but just look out for it. I saw no crocodiles. It's very quiet trail and I had to pay 2.50 to walk. Very pretty!

hiking
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

This was a very peaceful trail that I walked with my dog once some stormy February weather passed. We encountered a couple of joggers but otherwise had the whole trail to ourselves. As a solo female (plus aforementioned dog), it seemed a bit remote at times. However, I enjoyed every second of this trail. The signs describing the trees and bushes were informative, and I stopped to read each of them. As an FYI: there is a port-a-potty around 200 yards in, but no water. I will make this trail a part of all my trips to the Keys from now own.

hiking
Sunday, January 08, 2017

The main trail was closed so I was very disappointed since we drove 50 minutes to do the other two trails that didn't even make a mile.
The two trails that are open are very easy and you can complete both in 15 minutes.

paddle sports
Thursday, June 09, 2016

It was beautiful very relaxing ❤️❤️

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Easy and peaceful.

camping
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Went camping here for a few days. The campsite is clean, pet-friendly, and close to cool outdoor activity location. Going to the beach at night is a must, it's about 3-minutes away on bike, and perfect for star gazing. It's a real treat for Miami folks who are doomed thanks to our light pollution. There's a park about a mile north from the John Pennekamp entrance that has hiking and biking trails. If you steer off path, there's an abandoned hotel and home covered in vines, it's pretty cool.

paddle sports
Thursday, July 02, 2015

Fabulous place for kayaking and canoeing. Years ago, the trail extended to the open water - now it's closed off and you stay in the mangroves ~ not sure why/what happened, but it's a smooth sail.
A lot of colorful fish, turtles - even managed to have a shark swim under our canoe and slightly bump the canoe - it wasnt' interested in us, and we stayed calm. It was a small/baby shark (3 ft maybe) and the thought that mama wasn't too far away gave us the chills! Peaceful, serene - we went in March when the weather was already hot but not unbearable. Worth the entrance fee and price of canoe rentals!

paddle sports
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

If you are in the area and are looking for something to do...Do NOT pass up the opportunity to kayak the mangrove swamps at John Pennekamp! My wife and I spent four hour exploring on our own. For $18 they give you a kayak and a map and say "Have Fun!" TOTALLY worth the time and money. Looking forward to doing this again!

hiking
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A nice mile loop (you can do it as a 2 mile loop) I did with mom and dad on the way back to Miami from Duck Key. Trees are well identified by tags. Trails, however could have been a little better marked. Nice and easy, flat loop. A handful of picnic tables are at the entrance to the loop, with a few benches around the trail. Very nice walking hike.

birding
Monday, September 10, 2012

The place has the Wild Tamarind trail, the Nature and Mangrove Trails, each very nice and easy to walk. I love this place.

on Wild Tamarind Trail

walking
Monday, September 10, 2012

The trail is very easy and short, good for walking under the shade. You see some interesting bushes and trees, like wild coffe, poisonwood, ironwood. The mosquitos almost eat us alive. So, make sure you bring bug spray. Don't expect much from this trail.

paddle sports
Sunday, September 09, 2012

Absolutely beautiful. Here you have the Nature and Wild Tamarind Trails which are short and easy. You see some interesting trees and bushes but make sure you put bug spray, they mosquito almost eat me alive, lol. Then you have the Mangrove Trail, also easy and short board walk. Unfortunately part of it was under repair. After this trails, we got into a Kayak and did the kayak trail, very pretty and relaxing. We got to see a group of Manatees and lots of birds. There are shower and BBQ all around the park, as well as restrooms. You can also spent the day at the beach and snorkel or you can catch a glass bottom boat tour. I mean there is so much you can do here for very little money.

paddle sports
Monday, June 11, 2012

I went there to snorkel and it is beautiful. The coral reef is spectacular

paddle sports
Thursday, March 01, 2012

Costs around $11 to enter for the day. They have a great aquarium and visitor center. Scenic boat rides are available for a fee. There is a beach where you can swim out about 50 yards and snorkel some old Spanish wreckage, but visibility can be fickle as tides change and sediment enters the cove. Water is warm enough year round and barracudas, parrot fish, etc can be seen relatively easily. The mangrove boardwalks are nice but in need of repair and relatively short. Without a doubt the best way to take advantage of this park is in a kayak. Hop in and explore the mangroves from the water. They can be rented cheaply on site. Crowds on weekends can be very large.

on Wild Tamarind Trail

nature trips
Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The park maintains three nature trails in two uniquely different environments. The Mangrove Trail is a loop trail on a boardwalk that allows visitors to peacefully view the mangroves and estuaries they thrive in. An observation tower also allows a larger view of this very important ecosystem. Another loop trail, the Wild Tamarind Trail, winds through the park's beautiful tropical hardwood hammock, allowing visitors to view many of the area's native hardwood species. The Grove Trail also winds through the hardwood hammock, but terminates at the Grove. This cultural resource has been replanted with tropical fruit trees, as originally planted by early pioneers in Key Largo. One must return back to one's start at the Visitor Center parking lot. If arrangements are made in advance, a Ranger-led nature walk on one of these trails for organized groups may be possible. In addition, The park has 2.5 miles of marked mangrove wilderness trails to explore. The mangroves, and crystal clear waters that surround them, provide habitat for a wide variety of birds and marine life. The park concession rents canoes and one or two-person kayaks at the ticket counter. For personally-owned kayaks or canoes, there is a launch on the main road over the bridge. Well worth spending the day doing the nature trails, kayaking, and other water activities. GO EARLY!

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