Our very first exploration on the hiking trails of Marathon lead us to thatch palm hammocks: the Curry Hammock Nature Trail at Curry Hammock State Park, and the trails of Crane Point Hammock, including the beautiful Palm Hammock Trail.
Firmly in the center of the Middle Keys, the community of Marathon is the largest in the region, with many hotels and restaurants and even its own airport. Parks and trails listed here are within an easy drive north and south of Marathon along US 1, the Overseas Highway.
CURRENTLY CLOSED THROUGH 2019. Along the Silver Palm Trail at Bahia Honda State Park, you’ll meander through the largest grove of silver palms (Coccothrinax argentata) in the United States.
At the southern tip of Marathon, Sombrero Beach offers beachgoers a natural strand and an easy beach walk within sight of the Keys’ largest lighthouse.
Nine months after Hurricane Irma, we headed to the Florida Keys to see how both the infrastructure and the natural areas are healing. Here’s an overview of what we found, from Key West to Key Largo.