Exploring Adams Key

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By: Chris Cavis

Adams Key in Biscayne National Park

Adams Key is located west of the southernmost point of Elliott Key. This little slice of paradise is a great spot for passing boaters to take a break from the open waters and enjoy lunch or a little exploration. It also serves as a push-off spot for kayaking through the calm waters to neighboring keys. Overnight docking is prohibited.

Picnic Pavilion and Walking Trail

As with all the keys that are part of Biscayne National Park, Adams Key is only accessible by boat. It has restrooms and a small pavilion with tables where visitors can enjoy a picnic while shaded from the sun. Formerly the home of the Cocolobo Cay Club, the key was once a favorite vacation retreat for the rich and famous. The luxury resort was destroyed in a fire in 1974 and its surrounding buildings were damaged by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, but the island is open for visitors to relax, eat and hike along a walking trail through the maritime forest. Make sure to bring along bug spray, sunscreen and drinking water (the key does not have any running water) if you plan to hike the trail. Keep your eyes peeled for the ample wildlife that inhabits the island.
 

For Expert Advice

Contact the Dante Fascell Visitor Center, or stop by to talk to an experienced park ranger.

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