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Long Key State Park

67400 Overseas Highway
Long Key, FL 33001
No Email Address
3 Reviews
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We just spent two weeks there and I was very surprised, it was quite different from last year. Something different is going on with the water as it is just unbeliveably horrid. The shoreline has at least 25ft (more @ low tide) of thick dead sea grass stuff that kinda looks like pine straw- some places it is 12 to 18" deep- dead things are in it. It is thick with bugs and mosquitos & it enters your campsite slightly. The campground host fussed at me the first day for trying to shovel a path out of my campsite to the waters edge saying it would prevent errosion & I had to let it be. As you walk over it, get to the water and then are walking through it this muck- your feet dissapear- meaning the water begins but you can't see it you simply start walking out until you start to sink through the grass stuff. The water along this grass line is heavy tanic/tea colored and hot enough to burn your skin. I can not imagine anything lives in water that hot. You will actually think your skin is getting burned a bit. In two weeks I only saw two people walk along the beach- no one did it- you would cut through to the road and walk on the road before walking that "beach" muck back to your campsite. You can not lie on the beach, lay out a towel in the sand or have an area for a chair. You have to have secure water shoes- little velcro shoes or flips will be lost in the muck and you don't want to try and dig around blindly trying to find them. The smell is a cross of something decaying, rotten eggs and sulfer that flows through the campground. There are nice water areas - they are nearer the higher numbered campsites- you still have to walk thru the horrid part, but once you get past that, there are nice sandy patches you can relax in or use a float. Bring a way to anchor your float- you don't want to drift into the other areas. The clear nice sandy areas are not that large. For the ladies, if you have a squemish or "Ewww" factor.. this will freak you out... I heard ladies yelling everyday as they tried to broad stride thru it as fast as they could- You have to hold your breath and go. It's really nasty. Long Key is a great state park- the design is great with every site on the water. Last year was so wonderful... would we go back? Hummm..... I would make reservations again (books up 11 months in advance) but right before leaving, I would be checking the forums, making a few calls and cancel if it was like this again. It was really dissapointing... and that coupled with the large price increase (apx $25 to almost $40 next year)--- I would really have to think about it.....

Received from Islandgirl for visit in Jul 2009

Site Number:20
Stay Again? NO
Simply put, this is paradise at your door, the water is gorgeous, the tropical breeze intoxicating and the vistas surreal


Received from Al B for visit in 2005

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
This is an excellent campground in the Keys. All sites are beachfront. Beautiful views. The first 6-7 sites they do keep for tent campers, even though they are rv sites. Some sites have lots of shade and some sites have no shade what so ever. Bathrooms are kept very clean. Beaches were very dirty as most beaches in the Keys are. Sandspurs are really bad so if you take your dog be prepared to be picking sandspurs out of their fur. Camphosts here seem to assume they have more authority than the rangers. Take extra books as book exchanges are very popular here. Fishing is very good if you go out of the campground and fish off the bridge. We plan on going back to Long Key if we can ever get reservations again. Very hard to get into any of the state campgrounds in the Keys as they are so inexpensive. Even though this campground advertises as having a few drive in sites for one night only stays, they don't.

Received from Anon for visit in Jan 2007

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES

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