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Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail

 About Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail

A great blue heron near the ocean.

A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER

Anthony Knott, Trail Manager

The spring season brings ample opportunities to escape to the FKOHT and enjoy the mild weather of the Florida Keys. With enjoyable temperatures and light breezes, there are endless opportunities to take advantage of the natural surroundings on all our beautiful islands.

Our multiuse trail and bridges offer some the best cycling, walking, fishing, paddling and boat access anywhere. And, while enjoying these activities, connects users to all the wonderful things the Keys have to offer, including 10 state parks, state and federal wildlife areas and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

The FKOHT, a great way to experience the Florida Keys! 

 

Additional Information

The Trail provides opportunities for bicycling, hiking, fishing, skating, paddling, snorkeling, swimming and diving. There are camping opportunities available at some of the state parks and some private campsites.

Please be sure to follow standard bicycle safety practices according to Florida law and use extreme caution along the bridges.

Fishing is allowed on many of the Trail’s historic bridges. Cantilevered fishing platforms have been added to the sides of selected bridges including the Channel Two Historic Bridge, the Tom’s Harbor Cut and Tom’s Harbor Channel Historic Bridges and the Long Key Bridge.

The Trail offers easy access to the rich kayaking and canoeing opportunities along the corridor, including sea kayaking within this designated segment of the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail.

GETTING HERE

Updated 9/16/13
 
MM = Mile Marker. The Keys are identified in Mile Markers. Key West is Mile Marker 0 and Key Largo is Mile Marker 106.
 
Key Largo (MM 106 to 91)
Shaded in places by tropical vegetation, a 15.5-mile paved trail currently runs by numerous businesses and parks. Side trips to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo Community Park and Harry Harris Park provide opportunities for recreation and relaxation along the way to Islamorada.
 
Islamorada (MM 91 to 71)
Islamorada has 10 miles of existing trail along US 1. The trail ends at the highway bridges through the Village and travelling between the islands in this area requires crossing over the US1 bridges. The trail ends at MM 71 on Craig Key. Founders Park and Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park are trailhead locations. Other state parks in the area are Indian Key Historic State Park, Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park and San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park. The Channel 2 (MM 72) and Channel 5 (MM 70) historic bridges are popular for fishing.
 
Long Key (MM 71 to 63)
About 6 miles of trail connect the City of Layton to Long Key State Park and the Long Key Historic Bridge. The trail continues across Long Key Bridge. Tom’s Harbor (MM 60) and Tom’s Harbor Cut (MM 62) historic bridges are popular fishing bridges which, in addition to the Long Key Bridge, have been retrofitted with cantilevered fishing platforms.
 
Marathon (MM 63 to 40)
An 11-mile trail runs from Grassy Key through Curry Hammock State Park to the Seven Mile Bridge at the southwest entrance to the City of Marathon. Knights Key, at MM 47, is a trailhead for the FKOHT and part of the old Seven Mile Historic Bridge that leads to the island of Pigeon Key and its museum, which features a rich collection of photographs and artifacts from the Flagler railroad era.
 
Lower Keys (MM 40 to 11)
From the south end of the Seven Mile Bridge at MM 40, the trail will eventually traverse three historic bridges to Bahia Honda State Park, Spanish Harbor Historic Bridge and onto Big Pine Key, where there are trail segments on both sides of US1. From MM 29 to MM 26, trail exists between the islands but, at this time, travel between islands in this area requires use of the US1 bridges. A section of the trail at MM 16 connects Lower Sugarloaf Key to Big Coppitt Key, MM 10, crossing the five Saddlebunch Historic Bridges.
 
Key West (MM 10 to 0)
Trail extends from MM 10, Big Coppitt Key, across Rockland Channel Bridge 6 miles to Stock Island into the City of Key West. From Stock Island, at MM 4, the trail continues into downtown Key West where travel around the city by bicycle is already well established. In Key West, there are many historic and cultural points of interest to explore including Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Key West Botanical Garden, Bayview Park, Higgs Beach and the famous monument marking the Southernmost Point in the continental United States.

GET INVOLVED

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CONCESSIONAIRES

PET POLICY

  • Florida State Parks Pet Policy
  • Well behaved dogs are allowed on the trail with a maximum six-foot, hand-held leash. Owners are requested to walk their dogs near the edge of the trail, for the safety of all trail users.