The hikes, paddles, and bike rides you’ll find in the Florida Keys introduce you to the most tropical and unusual habitats within the United States. It truly is like being in the Caribbean, with tangled jungles of tropical trees and mangrove-lined waterways. Some destinations are islands accessible only by boat, while others are right along US 1, the Overseas Highway.
Destinations by Map
Hikers walking from Key West to Quebec as part of the Eastern Continental Trail use the Overseas Heritage Trail, a bike path and string of walkways along US 1 following the original Overseas Railroad route from Key Largo to Key West.
- Hiking the Tropics: The Wild Side of the Florida Keys (11/28/2011) - Deep in a tropical jungle, Ranger Joseph Nemec points out some of the weirdest plants I’ve ever laid eyes on. “This is a whisk fern,” he says, gesturing to a spindly green slip of a plant jutting out of a ruin straight out of the Jungle Book.. …, the crumbling remains of an abandoned condo […]
- Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail gets $19 million (6/23/2009) - Connecting Key Largo to Key West, the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail has been under construction for more than a decade. It parallels US 1 and utilizes the old route of the historic Overseas Railroad. According to DEP, more than 400,000 people make use of some portion of the route each year. DEP has allocated […]