Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
Old State Road-905 and Carysfort Restoration
Leaders: Janice Duquesnel, Keys biologist & submerged resources biologist, District 5, Florida State Parks
Start Time at Site: 9:00 AM
End Time at Site: 1:00 PM
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Lunch Included? No
Handicap Access: No
We will start the field trip at the northern entrance to Old State Road-905 and walk along the old road identifying Keys' flora and fauna. Afterwards we will drive south to the former Carysfort Yacht Club where we will see more Keys' flora and fauna, discuss coastal restoration of this site, and look at a few outplanting sites of Semaphore cactus (Opuntia corallicola), a long term conservation project. This field trip falls within the survey window of the federally endangered Schaus swallowtail butterfly.
Both field trip sites are on level ground, but the Carysfort site is not paved.
What to bring: Plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen. Wear long sleeves, long pants and close-toed shoes, and mosquito repellent or mosquito netting.
Directions to gathering point at Old State Road 905 & County Rd. 905, Key Largo, FL 33037*: From Miccosukee Hotel, turn right and continue southbound on Krome. Continue 23 miles through Homestead onto Hwy 1 South toward Key Largo. Continue 20 miles south on US-1 to Co.Rd. 905. Just before Co.Rd. 905 will be a bridge over the water and a sweeping right turn bend as you come onto the Keys. On that bend get into the left turn lane, green sign shows left "Card Sound Rd." (just BEFORE the "Emergency Signal" traffic light). Keep turning left to head northeast on Co.Rd. 905. Continue .4 mile on Co.Rd. 905 looking on the right side for the tiled arch of Dagny Johnson State Park.
Note: Traffic north to Miami can be heavy on Sundays from mid-afternoon, so enjoy your music or an audiobook.
*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: 25.30489 -80.29761