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Reported: Dec. 2013

Long Key State Park... Paddling in the Florida Keys

Long Key State Park is located at mile marker 67.5 on the Overseas Highway. A 1.5 marked paddling trail is suitable for novice paddlers. The launch to the paddling trail is along the park road just past the ranger station. Kayak rentals are available, with a launch from the beach oceanside. (Detailed map and photos below.)



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Distance: Various; 1.5 mile marked trail
Location: Layton (US1)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Tidal: Yes
Launch points: Canoe/kayak launch to paddling trail near the ranger station; launch on the beach (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: At the State Park; in Layton (links, above right)
Nearby points of interest: Marathon (15 miles south)

We exited the paddling trail to check out Long Key Bight, paddling past a residential area and along mangrove-lined canals. Paddling on the big water can be affected by wind and tide. Many birds and fish, turtles, starfish, and horseshoe crabs are also seen.

The 965-acre park has parking, camping, fishing, picnicking, hiking trails, boardwalk, snorkeling, and swimming. The Golden Orb and Layton trails offer interpretative exhibits; all the campsites are waterfront. The park is a popular destination for bird watching. Admission fee.

Paddling at Long Key State Park
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We launched at the kayak/canoe launch along the park road onto the canoe/kayak trail. We left the trail to paddle to Long Key Bight, then back to the trail and return to launch.
Launches
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Rental kayaks are oceanside
at the beach launch
The kayak/canoe launch to the marked paddling trail is
on the park road just past the ranger station
Paddling on the canoe/kayak trail
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Leaving the launch On the paddling trail, following the navigational markers
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Final marker, returning to launch
Paddling to Long Key Bight
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Past homes along the canals Mangrove lined canals Long Key Bight

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