Go Explore: Long Key State Park

Located on one of the Florida Keys, the 965-acre Long Key National Park was once the site of a luxurious fishing resort that was destroyed by the Hurricane of 1935. It may not be a resort it once was, but the beauty of this state park is undeniable. Today, visitors are encouraged to canoe through lagoons and hike two luscious land-based trails. Let’s be honest—this is more like a relaxing vacation more than a camping trip! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and enjoy Long Key State Park.

What to Do

Wild Life Viewing:

The park is located on the Great Florida Birding Trail, which means there is an exceptional opportunity for catching glimpses of wading, shorebirds and migratory birds. Herons and Egrets are common, but the lucky viewer might spot a White-Crowned Pigeon and Roseate Spoonbill.

Star Gazing:

Due to the park’s minimal light pollution, Long Key National Park has excellent views of the night sky. On Tuesday nights, the Florida Keys Astronomy Club provides classes about the stars.

Snorkeling and Swimming:

These activities are only available in designated areas. The water is generally shallow enough and the waves are gentle. You can view the ocean bottom covered in seagrass and filled with sea life. Set up your Privacy Shelter on the beach and change into your swimsuits for a fun-filled day in the ocean. Visitors will often spot jellyfish and some exotic fish.

Hiking Nature Trail:

There are two nature trails for visitors to explore! The Golden Orb Tail is an easy 1.1 mile walk through multiple plant and animal communities. The Layton Trail is located on the bayside of the park with a breathtaking view of the Florida Bay.


The best sports fishing in the Florida Keys is available in Long Key National Park, but a fishing license may be required. All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.

Canoeing and Kayaking:

The shallow waters of the park’s shoreline provide the perfect opportunity for exploration. Kayaks are available to rent from the ranger station for two hour increments.

Where to Kamp

The shape of Long Key State Park makes it possible to only have one campground available, but there are 60 full-facility campsites located within the park, which means each one comes with a picnic table, ground grill, running water and electricity. Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance. Wherever your campsite is, it is sure to have a beautiful view of the ocean.

The Essentials

Hammock: Set up and relax on the beach. If you can’t find any trees, no problem! Our Kwik Set Hammock has an innovative no-tree set up system. Feel free to put the hammock in Long Key’s shallow water and let the waves lull you into relaxation.

Privacy Shelter: Ready for the beach, but don’t have anywhere to change? Our Privacy Shelter offers a fully enclosed space for changing into your swimsuit. Once you’re finished with your beach day, set up the shower head and rinse off any lingering sand!

Kooler: While you’re here you have to utilize the ground grill that is offered at each campsite and BBQ with family and friends. Store your food in our Koolers for freshness and get to grillin’.

Director’s Chair with Side Table and Cooler: Be the king/queen of the beach with this chair. Set yourself up for hours of relaxation. Fill your side cooler with some cold brews and keep your essentials on your side table.