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Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
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County Road 905
Key Largo

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There is no shortage of great natural places to visit in the Keys. Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park should be among your first, or last, stops. It sits a half-mile off U.S. 1, but it's worth the extra travel if for no other reason that it's one of the few spots where you might see an American crocodile. Dagny Johnson, with more than 2,400 acres and more than six miles of trails, demands time.

Included within the park is one of the largest West Indian hardwood hammocks in the United States. Most of the trails are hard-surfaced, accessible for both wheelchairs and bicycles. The park is well-marked, with interpretive signs identifying individual species.

The first part of the park goes through deep woods that keep the trail in shade for much of the day. But if you go far enough, you'll encounter some natural surface trails that lead to the park's biggest surprise — fresh water ponds, which were once stone quarries. The only negtive to the place is a lack of parking. Other than that, enjoy.


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