Bring your binoculars for fall birding at Curry Hammock State Park, where migrating raptors cruise overhead by the hundreds following a major flyover route. The main portion of the park, on the Atlantic Ocean side of US 1, features a campground with sea breezes, a picnic area, and a small beach for launching kayaks or wading in the shallows.
A paved portion of the Overseas Heritage Trail parallels US 1 through the park, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to Florida Bay. Hidden off the bike path – the Grassy Key Trail – is the Curry Hammock Nature Trail. This 1.5-mile round trip through a dense thicket of Florida thatch palms makes you feel like you’re walking through a Dr. Seuss book. While Florida thatch palms (Thrinax radiata) are often seen in South Florida landscaping, they’re a rare and endangered species in the wild.
Along the mangrove-lined shore of Florida Bay, flats fishing yields bonefish, permit, and tarpon. The mangrove forest blooms in late summer. Mosquito repellent is a must!
Beach wheelchairs available
Kayak rentals are available in the park: $17.20 for a single for 2 hours and $21.50 for a double.
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