Things to Know!
Big Pine Key is home to the endangered Key Deer and these gentle creatures often stroll through the park. DO NOT FEED the deer as this stops them from foraging naturally and human food can make them ill. Pets must be on a leash and kept away from Key Deer. No chasing or harassing of Key Deer is allowed.
Manatees frequent Big Pine Key's basins and are fun for guests to watch. If you are boating in the basins, please trim motors to protect these amazing gentle giants.
Long Beach Trail
The Long Beach Trail is a federally protected nature preserve that terminates in the park. Guests are welcome to stroll the beach area but must not disturb the sea grass or other naturally occurring items. Remember, "take only pictures and leave only footprints."
Horseshoe Beach and Veterans Park
These two parks are nearby and well worth a stop during a visit at Big Pine Key. Horseshoe Beach offers excellent snorkeling and a small beach area. Veterans Park boasts a nice beach area with a great view and parking just before the 7-mile bridge on Little Duck Key.