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Curry Hammock State Park
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56200 Overseas Highway
Marathon

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The quick and dirty line would be to say that Curry Hammock State Park is for the birds. Or at least for bird watchers. The place, after all, holds the record for most peregrine falcons seen in a day, a mere 1,506. Other raptors are seen in large numbers, including bald eagles, which explains why it's the site of the Florida Keys Hawkwatch each fall. That's just the beginning of the list of birds that may be spotted in Curry Hammock.

But Curry Hammock is more than just birds. Walk along bayside and oceanfront beaches, through a tropical hardwood hammock, through mangrove forests and even a large meadow filled with wildflowers, the likes of which we've rarely seen in Florida. There is a 1.5-mile nature trail, considered a moderately difficult walk because of the uneven surface, but the trailhead itself is situated about a mile south of the main entrance to the park. The shallow waters surrounding the park afford opportunities for kayaking and paddleboarding (rentals available), snorkeling, swimming and fishing. Curry Hammock also has 28 camping sites, reservations required.

There is plenty of parking, interpretive signs along the nature trail, restrooms and drinking water. Park hours are 8 a.m. to sunset, everyday of the year; Entrance fees vary depending on how you enter the park; for most vehicles, the charge is $5 per day, plus a 50-cents per person surcharge.

 
 
 
 
More Resources for Curry Hammock State Park
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