Spread over four barrier islands off Florida's Gulf Coast, this beautiful park was once only accessible by boat. Today you can stay in nearby Lovers Key State Park cabins and reach the park itself via several bridges. Besides a two-mile sandy beach, there are ample opportunities for biking, hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddling, and nature-watching. Lovers Key State Park is truly a south Florida gem.
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Best Hiking Trails in Lovers Key State Park
As the park is intended for day use only, stay in comfortable nearby Lovers Key State Park hotels, cross the bridge from mainland Florida, and get ready to hike. Whether your idea of a good day spent on foot is a leisurely walk down a sandy shoreline, or a longer outing on wooded paths, you'll have plenty of options. A paved path also runs along the park's main drive, which is a good option for visitors needing broader accessibility.
1. Black Island Trail
The 2.5mi. trail introduces travelers to the canal banks of the island. Dogs on leashes are also permitted. Cyclists can also use this trail.
2. Eagle Trail
Just over a mile long, this trail offers great views of the inner waterways of Black Island. Cyclists are also permitted to use this trail
3. Beach Trail
If you are looking for an unadulterated view of the sea and the wildlife that surrounds it, then head to the two-mile shoreline. The sandy beach is also perfect for evening walks.
Great Places to Stay Near Lovers Key State Park
Best Family Activities in Lovers Key State Park
Lovers Key State Park offers much to do beyond hiking, swimming, and sunbathing. There are picnic areas and playgrounds around the park, ideal for young children, as well as geocaching opportunities and a canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rental concession. A boat ramp makes it easy to get right onto the Gulf of Mexico. When you stay in nearby Lovers Key State Park cabins, you can head to these islands and do a different activity every day of your trip.
1. Wildlife watching
The park offers a wide range of wildlife spotting, including dolphins, snowy egrets, manatees, marsh rabbits, roseate spoonbills, and so much more.
Nothing beats picnicking by the beach. Lovers Key is a great place to sit down and enjoy a meal surrounded by beautiful scenery. There is also a casual restaurant, Hurricane Charley’s, on the park's south beach.
For both amateur and experienced anglers, as long as you have a licence, Lovers Key offers great fishing, with the chance to hook trout, redfish, and more. The park also has fully equipped on-site bait shops.
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