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In this photo, a kayaker explores a mangrove creek. Kayaks can be launched from the beach in front of the campground, as seen in this photo. 27 million pounds of white sand were brought in to create this beach in 2008. In this photo, kayakers glide on the water in front of the day use area.
Curry Hammock State Park
In this photo, the sun rises over the waters of Curry Hammock State Park.

History and Culture

This land became a state park in 1991 and is named for Lamar Louise Curry, a revered Miami teacher, whose father, Thomas, purchased large tracts of land in the Middle and Upper Keys. Two miles of the Overseas Heritage Trail pass through the park. This is a multi-use trail which follows the route of the Overseas Railroad, providing foot and bicycle access to Marathon. The Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail also passes through the park.

Water washes up against a rocky, brush-covered shore in this 1992 image of the park.

Original Beachfront

The land that makes up the developed area of the park was once meant to support a housing development. Instead, the land was purchased by the state under the Conservation and Recreation Lands (CARL) Program and became a part of the Florida park system. Today, Curry Hammock welcomes visitors to have fun in the sun and explore the many varieties of animal and plant life that live on its shores and in its waters.

This photo shows a dirt road winding along the shore with palms and grassy, brushy banks on either side.

Original Road

The portion of the land that had been slated to become a housing development was used to create the developed section of the park on Little Crawl Key. Today, this part of the park supports a swimming area, picnic pavilions, restroom and shower facilities, and a playground.

This photo shows the first park building as it appeared in 1995 - a small, portable white shed next to a building site.

First Building

The first park building to appear in 1995 was not much to look at. Just fifteen years later, Curry Hammock State Park enjoys a healthy visitor population and offers the necessary facilities to support many options for outdoor recreation.

Newly-paved roads mark the new campground construction which began in 2003.

Campground

Campground construction at Curry Hammock began in 2003. In this photo, you can see how much the park has developed since its opening in the 1990s.

A cloud-covered campground awaits its first visitors in November of 2004; not long after Hurricane Wilma devastated the Keys.

Completed Campground

The new campground at Curry Hammock opened for camping November 1, 2004, just a week after Hurricane Wilma devastated the Keys. Even the powerful winds of the storm could not diminish the beauty of the new campground's location.