Virginia Key Coastal Habitats and Brickell Hammock
Coastal Highlights of City of Miami and Partners Parks
Leaders: Juan Fernandez, Biologist, City of Miami Parks and Gloria Antia, Park Naturalist
Start Time at Site: 9:00 AM
End Time at Site: 1:00 PM
Lunch Included? No
Handicap Access: No
Enjoy three parks belonging to, or partnering with, the City of Miami.
Stop #1: At 9 am, start at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park with a brief stroll on a short boardwalk overlooking a pond, part of a coastal restoration supporting a variety of flora and fauna. Short, easy walking on boardwalk and Simpson Park (Stop #3 below).
From the Historic Virginia Key Beach to North Point Park: Go to Rickenbacker Causeway, turn right, take the first right onto Arthur Lamb Jr. Rd. Follow the signs to the park (about 1.5 miles) and make a hard right into the beach parking area.
Stop #2: After a quick drive next door to Virginia Key North Point Park, walk through a coastal hammock restored by the City. The endangered Biscayne Prickly Ash was rediscovered on site by the trip leader, Park Biologist Juan Fernandez, who will discuss the plants and restoration. Moderate difficulty walking on sandy paths at North Point Park, about 1 mile.
From Virginia Key North Point Park to Simpson Park: 5 SW 17th Road, Miami, Fl 33129.
Stop #3: At noon, drive back to the mainland and bring your lunch to the City's Simpson Park, a 7.8-acre oasis of tropical hardwood hammock close to downtown Miami and a fragment of the once large, diverse Brickell Hammock. Several rare plant species are present in this forest, including Gulf Licaria. Although the trees were severly damaged by Tropical Storm Irma last September, you will experience the theme of the conference, "Renewal."
What to bring: Water and insect repellent (just in case), prepare for sun, wear closed shoes. You can bring lunch to eat at Simpson Park.
Directions to gathering point at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr, Miami, FL 33149*: Get on FL-836 E from US-41 E and FL-825 N/SW 137th Ave (6 mi). Continue on FL-836 E. Drive from I-95 S to Miami. Take exit 1A from I-95 S (16 mi). Take FL-913 S/Rickenbacker Causeway to your destination (4 mi).
*Note: Click link (gathering point address above) for real-time directions from your location using Google Maps. If you would like to view directions from the Miccosukee Resort, enter the starting point as 500 SW 177th Ave, Miami, FL 33194. By allowing more time than you think is required, you can make your ride there more relaxing.
GPS Location: 25.73580 -80.15650