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“The best place for a leisurely canoe trip”

Long Key State Park
Ranked #115 of 302 things to do in Florida Keys
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We wnt to long key state park specifically for the canoe trail. This trail, which takes about an hour, follows simple markers through the mangroves and a lake, and is an excellent way to be really, really close to nature.

On our trip, we were the only ones canoe-ing, therefore there was a complete feeling of nature. Although the US1 road is closeby, you actually couldn't hear it.

The park rangers who rent out the equipment were excellent, and were very happy to talk about the water snake we encountered.

After the canoe trip we also walked the boardwalk. Again, very well laid out and nice (but very short).

Renting 2 canoes for a couple of hours was 10 $. Adding the entry fee for a car 6$, this was 3 hours of great fun and tranquility and beauty for $16 in total. Where else can you find that?

Thank mvanderh
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Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

We reserved a campsite here for mid April. We did not stay here due to heavy rains, though. We did stop by on our way to the hotel inKey West to see what we would be missing. The site was awesome! We will be back to enjoy all that Long Key State Park has to offer soon.

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

What a beautiful spot to camp, right on the beach, We are birders and the shore birds were just feet away; I never took off my binoculars. We were in site #51 in a tiny teardrop and really didn't notice any noise from Rt. 1 that others have commented on. The bathrooms are among the biggest and cleanest we've experienced and we have camped all over the country in the last year. Having visited many national and state parks recently and always finding the staff/ rangers outstanding we were taken aback by the park ranger or superintendent? that "greeted" us upon arrival at the entrance building and checked us in. Perhaps this young woman was having a bad day but we found her to be abrupt, hard to understand as she talked too fast, and bordering on rude when we inquired about possibly extending our stay another day. The Florida state parks are partly to blame for making the reservation system difficult but the "ranger" is in charge of same day reservations and she really didn't seem to want to explain how it worked- instead she just kept saying in a very short tone "You just have to keep checking back." Another camper we talked to also found her unpleasant, unfortunately not a good PR person for the Florida parks. Two other park staff, on the other hand, were more than friendly and helpful when we inquired about hiking trails. We actually didn't persevere in trying to extend our stay as we didn't want to deal with this woman again, sad as this is probably the best "beach" camping around!

Thank jennmckown
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We just went there for a walk and to see what the park was like. The nature trails seems to be one of the longer one of the keys, but I still expected more area to explore. I recommend Bahia Honda State Park for that.
On my next visit to the keys however I will try to get a tent camping site in this or another state park because the atmosphere seems nice.

Thank Hummingfly
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

It's a pretty small park with only a few trails to walk as far as activities go, but the campgrounds are just gorgeous. Every campsite is beachfront and the view is magnificent. The sites are a little close together, though, so be warned. There is firewood available for sale, but it can go quickly, so be sure to pick some up earlier in the day if you can. Also, when we went, it had rained recently and the wood was very wet. We ultimately had to go into town and buy a starter log to get a fire going. YMMV, but the wood was problematic.

The bathrooms and showers were clean and well-lit; the park felt very safe.

There are tons of birds and crabs on the island, and fish are easily visible from the campsite. I saw several jumping in the water. If you were so inclined, I'd imagine this would be a great place to cast a line and wait by the campfire until you caught dinner.

My only complaint is that there's not much of an actual sandy beach to hang out on. But if you're there primarily for the camping and the views, it's terrific.

Thank Mike P
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