Long Key State Recreation Area, Key West

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Long Key State Park is a 965acre Florida State Park located on Long Key, one of the Florida Keys, in Monroe County, Florida, United States. It is at mile marker 67.5 on U.S. 1, 67400 Overseas Highway.HistoryPrehistoric coral reefs grew here over the course of millennia, when the sea level was over 20ft deeper. The remnants came to form Long Key, and the rest of the Florida Keys.The climate and waters provided abundant plant and aquatic life for the Calusa, who settled in the area long before Spanish explorers arrived."Cayo Vivora", or Rattlesnake Key, is what the first Spaniards called the island, since to them it resembled a snake with its jaws open.By the early twentieth century, Long Key became an important depot for the completed Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railroad. The railroad's founder, Henry Flagler, also established the Long Key Fishing Camp, a resort that attracted the greatest saltwater fishermen from around the world. But it did not last for long, when in 1935, the Labor Day hurricane devastated the Club, the railroad, and much of the Keys.
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  • While visiting the Keys in April 2017, we made a habit of stopping at some of the State Parks to check out the scenery and see what they had to offer. Unfortunately, there is not much going on at this...  more »
  • This park is fairly small and is right off US 1 with nice views of the ocean to the south. There is an entry fee. There are several nice picnic tables overlooking the ocean and the narrow beach. Kayak...  more »
  • Great place, great views from the campground. Nice ranger at check-in. The price is right considering it is in the Keys.  more »
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