25 Years After The Big One
Restoration of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park since Hurricane Andrew
Leaders: Elizabeth Golden, Park Biologist
Start Time at Site: 8:30 AM
End Time at Site: 12:00 PM
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Lunch Included? No
Handicap Access: No
Cost: $7 + $8 per car (see details below)
This walk will look at the current results of the ecological restoration of the park 25 years after the devastation of Hurricane Andrew. The park's 6 major plant communities will be visited, their current condition discussed and many of the plants identified. The walk will cover less than 2 miles over mostly level and compact ground. There will be one short steep section, and the last part of the walk (optional half mile) will be on beach/beach sand.
This trip has easy access to I-95 for the drive home.
What to bring: Allow for sun (hat, sunblock), and bring water, a snack, and mosquito repellent (just in case). Good walking shoes are recommended. Bring a bag lunch or eat with others in one of two restaurants in the park after the walk.
Directions to gathering point at No Name Harbor, 1200 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, FL 33149* (meet in the center of the parking lot that is near Boater's Grill Restaurant): From Miccosukee Resort, head south on Krome (.3 miles), then turn left onto SW 8th Street. Proceed 4 miles, then turn left onto SW 137th Av. Proceed 1.3 miles and keep right to merge onto FL-836 East (Dolphin Expy). Continue on Dolphin Expy (11 miles), merging onto I-95 South toward downtown. Continue on I-95 (2.3 miles) and take exit #1A toward Rickenbacker Cswy. Continue (.2 miles) on exit road turning left at 26th Rd. toward Rickenbacker Cswy and about .2 miles further to the Rackenbacker toll booth. Make no other turns continuing 7.7 miles through Biscayne and into Bill Baggs Cape Florida Park. After paying park fee, make the first right toward Boater's Grill and park in the lot at the end. Meet in the center of the parking lot.
*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: 25.67576 -80.16065