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.
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.
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.
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.
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.