The Florida Keys
Overseas Heritage Trail (FKOHT) features more than 70 miles of
existing trail paved in segments along a planned, 106-mile corridor
from Key Largo to Key West. Much of the remaining trail is now in
design or under construction by the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, Office of Greenways & Trails (OGT) and is funded by the
Florida Department of Transportation through a federal grant program
for alternative transportation. Stemming from a locally-inspired vision
and master plan, the FKOHT is a multi-use bicycle and pedestrian
facility that serves as a recreational and alternative transportation
corridor for the Florida Keys. Paralleling U.S. Highway 1, which is
designated as a National Scenic Highway and All-American Road, this
recreational pathway incorporates 23 of the historic Flagler Railroad
bridges, offering a scenic venue for hiking, running, bicycling,
in-line skating, sightseeing, fishing and kayaking. The trail and its
historic bridges also provide a beneficial, alternative transportation
route that links the Keys’ island communities.
The Trail offers access to many points of interest and
ecological resources throughout the Keys, including the Everglades
National Park, Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys National Marine
Sanctuary, The Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge, Key Deer
National Wildlife Refuge, Crocodile Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Key
West National Marine Sanctuary, as well as 10 State Parks.
The existing FKOHT is paved in segments along the corridor from
Key Largo to Key West, with the longest, continuous section of paved
trail currently located in the Upper Keys between MM 106 at Key Largo
and through MM 72 at Islamorada, Village of Islands. Please refer to the
FKOHT map or Traveling Directions link in the adjacent Highlights menu
for more information on existing trail segments.
The Trail provides opportunities for
bicycling, hiking, fishing, in-line skating, paddling, snorkeling,
swimming and diving. There are limited camping opportunities available
at state parks (www.ReserveAmerica.com)
and some private campsites in the Keys. The local Chambers of Commerce
will carry this information.
Featured in the
adjacent Highlights menu are guides to bicycling the entire trail
corridor from both the northbound and southbound directions. Cyclists,
who travel at their own risk, may use the shoulders of the U.S. 1
Highway and bridges in the areas where there is no existing trail.
However, please be sure to follow standard bicycle safety practices of
riding in the direction of traffic and use extreme caution along the
bridges. For a summary of bicycle safety tips and traffic laws, visit
Fishing is allowed on many of the Trail’s
historic bridges. Cantilevered fishing platforms have been added to the
sides of selected bridges including the Channel Two Historic Bridge, the
Tom’s Harbor Cut and Tom’s Harbor Channel Historic Bridges and the Long
The FKOHT offers easy access to the rich
kayaking and canoeing opportunities available along the Florida Keys
Overseas Paddling Trail. Launch sites are noted on the FKOHT map.
For more detailed paddling information, click
view segment 15 of the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling
Where is the Trail?
The beginning of the Trail is located approximately one hour
from Miami International Airport in Key Largo, Florida at MM 106. For
trailhead/rest area locations and points of interest along the Trail,
see the FKOHT map in the Highlights menu. Parking is available at the
local State Parks.
Hours of Operation
The FKOHT is open to the general public;
restrictions apply to hours of operation for local businesses that
supply amenities. Surrounding parks close at sunset and access to some
bridges may be restricted.
Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail
3 La Croix Court
Key Largo, Florida 33037
Tallahassee Headquarters: 850-245-2052