Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Description:
The park anchors the southern tip of Key Biscayne, a barrier island just south of Miami. After Hurricane Andrew leveled 98 percent of the trees (mostly nonnative Australian pine) in the park in 1992, a massive native habitat restoration effort was launched to recreate beach dune, coastal strand, maritime hammock and freshwater and tidal wetlands. Visitors may walk the 1.2-mile sandy beach, pedestrian-only nature trail, or other paths.

Watchable Wildlife:
Shorebird migration in late summer is a good time to see plovers, ruddy turnstones, sanderlings, willets and other species on the beach. Wading birds and marsh rabbits are common in the freshwater wetlands. Butterflies and dragonflies are found throughout the park. Magnificent frigatebirds and gray kingbirds are regularly spotted in the summer. Early morning visits Tuesday through Friday provide the best viewing opportunities at this busy park. IMPORTANT NOTE:  give nesting shorebirds a wide berth and heed any posted signs that restrict access to bird or sea turtle nesting areas.

Ownership:
Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Contact:
(305) 361-8779

Directions:
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is located on Key Biscayne. From Miami, take I-95 to the Rickenbacker Causeway, all the way to the end.

Related Sites:
Other Southeast Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



FWC Facts:
According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife-Associated Recreation, 66.1 million people engage in wildlife observation, spending about $38.5 billion per year.

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