Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

#5 in Best Things To Do in Key Largo
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Florida State Parks

Key Info

County Rd 905 & Mile Marker 106

Price & Hours

$2.50 per person
Sunrise-sunset daily

Details

Parks and Gardens Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend

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At Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, visitors can traverse more than 6 miles of accessible nature trails by bicycle or on foot. The park was named for Dagny Johnson, a local environmental activist. It's also home to one of the country's largest tracts of West Indian tropical hardwood hammock. The park features 84 protected plant and animal species, including flora like mahogany mistletoe and fauna like the American crocodile. For added convenience, visitors will find a picnic pavilion, as well as on-site restrooms. Most of the trails are paved, making them accessible to wheelchair users.

Recent travelers said the park is a relaxing place to stop and explore for a bit, noting that the park's relatively small size and paved trails were easy to manage for visitors of all ages. However, they stressed to load up on bug spray to combat the droves of mosquitos – especially during the summer.

Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park is open 365 days a year between sunrise and sunset. Admission costs $2.50 per person and is based on the honor system; all visitors should place exact change into a box upon entry. Guests can also pay online if they do not have cash on them. To learn more, visit the park's official website.

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