Hammock State Park
56200 Overseas Highway
Marathon, Florida 33050
This park is made up of a group of islands in the Middle Keys, with public
access to swimming, a playground, picnic tables, grills, and showers on the
ocean side of Little Crawl Key. The hardwood hammocks found on these tropical
islands support one of the largest populations of thatch palms in the United
States. Mangrove swamps, seagrass beds, and wetlands provide vital habitats for
Activities at Curry Hammock State Park
Bicycles are welcome on park roads, and the Overseas Heritage Multi-use Trail
which passes through the park, providing easy access to and from Marathon. For
your safety, remember persons under the age of 16 years are required by state
law to wear a properly fitting bike helmet. To preserve the natural areas of the
park, bicycles are limited to roadways and are not permitted on footpaths,
boardwalks, restroom ramps, or the nature trail.
Canoeing and kayaking are outstanding in Curry Hammock State Park. Human
powered boats may be carried to the waterfront and launched from both the
day-use area and campground. The shallow waters are usually calm with gentle
currents. There are miles of shoreline on both the Atlantic and Bay of Florida
sides of the park and a beautiful mangrove creek to explore. There are no
facilities for powerboats in the park, and most of the waters within the park
are a no combustion zone.
A bathhouse with hot showers is located in the campground for registered
campers only. For daytime visitors a bathhouse with a cold outdoor shower is
located in the day-use area. All facilities are fully accessible.
Fishing is allowed within the park. The flats often hold permit and bonefish,
and the channel alongside the park has produced sizable sharks, snapper, snook,
and more. Florida fishing regulations apply within the park, and spearguns are
prohibited at all times.
Full Facility Camping
A 28-site campground, located along the oceanfront, is open from November 1
through May 31 each year. Most sites have a gravel parking area for cars and
RVs, and most have an adjoining sand area for pitching a tent. The sites without
a sandbox are 10-19, 21, and 26. Tents may be placed on these sites as well, but
the gravel is more coarse. Site 1 is ADA accessible. Reservations are made
through Reserve America at 1-866-I CAMP FL up to 11 months in advance. The
campground fills quickly in winter, so make your plans early.
No Launching of Powerboats Allowed
A 1.5-mile nature trail winds through the hardwood hammock. The tread is
uneven and appropriate footware is recommended.
Inline skating is permitted on the park's roadways, and on the Overseas
Heritage Multi-use Trail.
Pets must be confined, leashed (not to exceed six feet in length) or
otherwise under the physical control of a person at all times. Tethered pets
must not be left unattended for more than 30 minutes. Quiet hours must be
observed from 11:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. Pet owners must pick up after their pets
and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Florida law
requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Any pet that is noisy,
dangerous, intimidating or destructive will not be allowed to remain in the
park. Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish must be confined or
under the physical control of the owner. Some animals may be prohibited on park
property. Failure to abide by these rules may result in the camper being asked
to board the pet outside the park or to leave the campground.
Pets are not allowed on beaches, in picnic shelters, or in the bathhouses. In
the areas where pets are allowed they must be on a six-foot hand held leash and
be well behaved at all times. For more information, see the Official Pet Policy.
The picnic area is located on the southeast end of the park and has 4
pavilions, each with a barbecue grill and 4 picnic tables. These pavilions may
be reserved for $53.75 for a full day or $32.25 for a half-day including tax.
Please contact the ranger station at (305) 289-2690 for availability and
reservations. When not reserved these pavilions are available on a first-come
basis. Other picnic tables are spread out along the waterfront. Pavilion 1 is
A playground is available in the picnic area.
All 28 campsites offer water and 15/30/50 amp electric hookups, and a dump
station is available within the campground. All sites are reserved through
No Launching of Powerboats Allowed
Hot showers are available in the campground for registered campers only. For
daytime visitors a cold outdoor shower is located near the picnic area. All
facilities are fully accessible.
Snorkeling is available in designated areas. The water in the park is
generally shallow and the bottom covered with seagrass. This natural community
is different from the tropical reef most commonly associated with the Florida
Keys, but as one of the most productive marine communities, it is teaming with
fish and invertebrate life, and is essential for the well-being of the reef.
Swimming is available in designated areas. In general, the water is shallow
and the currents and waves gentle.
The park is an excellent place to observe wading and shore birds. Herons,
egrets, ibis, plovers, and sanderlings are commonly seen. Raptors are also
frequently seen, particularly during migration periods. The park lies on an
important bird migration route. Each fall, Hawk Watch International sponsors a
census of the raptors passing through the park. In the summer, the endangered
White-crowned pigeon is frequently seen in the hammock feeding on poisonwood
berries. Curry Hammock is part of the South Florida Birding Trail.
The grass flats are home to many interesting species like spotted rays and
nurse sharks, and are teaming with baitfish...pelicans, herons, bald eagles, and
osprey are often seen hunting there. Manatees and porpoise are sometimes seen
from the park when they come in close to feed. The Key Vaca raccoon is present
in the park. This threatened subspecies is easily acclimated to man, but please
don't feed them. Human food is unhealthy for them, and encourages aggressive
Please be sure to mention that you were
sent to them by Clyde's Key WestCamping.