Hiking the Nature Trails at Bill Baggs Florida State Park

Published: 05/5/14 1:15 AM in North America, State, Travel.
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After Kevin and I to toured around the Cape Florida Lighthouse at Bill Baggs Florida State Park, we decided to explore the rest of the park by hiking the few natural trails that led off the roads. Of course, instead of driving to the trailhead, we decided to walk up the coastline following the seawall and exploring the different harbors along the way.

As we walked up the coastline, the day became a bit stormy. But this made the hike even lovelier by adding a calming chill in the air. It also made the hike much more private because no one else is crazy enough to hike a natural trail while it looks like the sky is about the open up in a major Miami downpour.

Getting out of the City at Bill Baggs Florida State Park

Bill Baggs Florida State Park is a peaceful park located at the very tip of Key Biscayne. The park contains more than 1.2 miles of Atlantic shoreline and has been voted “One of the Top Ten Beaches in the U.S.” by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka ‘Dr. Beach’.

However besides a lovely beach that doesn’t seem to get too crowded (due to the entrance fee and the popularity of South Beach nearby), the nature trails within the park are also a very nice treat for those who would like a break from the beach.

A stormy sky at Bill Baggs Florida State Park as these couple travel bloggers hike the natural trails.

The start of the nature trail at Bill Baggs Florida State Park.

Sea grapes along the trail at Bill Baggs Florida State Park documented on Merevin's Miami travel blog.


Florida may only have one season (summer in varying degrees), but that doesn’t mean all of our trees are evergreens! One of the loveliest things about hiking near the water in Florida, are the beautiful Sea Grape trees with their changing hues. This native species is most commonly used as a dune stabilizer or a coastal windbreaker that protects beaches from erosion and protects beach wildlife from predators (or humans).


The trail marker directing hikers in Bill Baggs Florida State Park.

A beautiful archway created by the sea grapes at Bill Baggs Florida State Park.


As the leaves of a Sea Grape fall to the ground, they become a gorgeous shade of red and then orange. As we hiked we came across sheltered archways formed by the branches of Sea Grapes along the trail. The leaves made a carpet on the ground and the entire scene became quite picturesque.


Meredith Lambert enjoys the shade provided by the sea grapes at Bill Baggs Florida State Park.

Kevin Banogon stands proudly under the sea grapes at Bill Baggs Florida State Park.

A peaceful mangrove estuary at Bill Baggs Florida State Park.


At the end of the trail, the trees parted to a peaceful view of a mangrove estuary. This peaceful site was the end of the nature trail at Bill Baggs Florida State Park and it was worthy of a moment to take it all in.


A panoramic view of the mangrove estuary at Bill Baggs Florida State Park.

Kevin Banogon stops for a moment in front of the mangroves at Bill Baggs Florida State Park.

Red Mangrove roots reach out into the water at Bill Baggs Florida State Park.


Red Mangroves are a beautiful and significant part of the ecosystem of the south because their submerged roots provide nursery habitat to fish, crustaceans, and a number of birds, mammals, and reptiles. Their structural root system also provides lovely spots to relax above the shallow water and take in the ocean breeze.


Red Mangroves make up the coastline in Bill Baggs Florida State Park.

Kevin Banogon hikes the nature trails at Bill Baggs Florida State Park in his Miami travel blog.

Meredith Lambert takes a moment to pause at Bill Baggs Florida State Park for her Miami travel blog.

Meredith Lambert enjoys the peace of the mangrove estuary at Bill Baggs Florida State Park for her Miami travel blog.


This brief nature trail make not have been the most breathe-taking hike and it certainly wasn’t a difficult one, but it was a lovely escape from the busy and overcrowded streets of Miami. It was surprising to find such a lovely escape from the city so close to the city in Bill Baggs Florida State Park on Key Biscayne.


Meredith and Kevin spot a young iguana on the nature trail at Bill Baggs Florida State Park.

The beautiful sea grapes at Bill Baggs Florida State Park on this Miami travel blog.

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