The park's largest island was once a thriving community of pioneers engaged in pineapple farming, sponging, wrecking or other pursuits. Today the island offers camping, picnicking, swimming, wildlife watching and a hiking trail.
Camping - The campground is located on the Biscayne Bay side of the island. Camping is first-come, first-served. Reservations are not accepted.
Picknicking - Picnic tables and barbecue grills are available in the campground and marina.
Restrooms - Restrooms with cold water showers are available. Fresh drinking water is located outside of the restroom building. It is recommended that you bring your own fresh water, just in case the generator should go down.
Swimming - Visitors may enjoy the designated swim area near the campground (north of the harbor).
Walking and Hiking - A mile-long loop trail starts near the campground. Spite Highway, named by park opponents just before the park was established (learn more), runs approximately six miles down the center of the island. It affords a good opportunity to see a variety of habitats in the martime forest.
Fishing - Fishing is permitted from the maintenance dock located south of the harbor or from the shoreline outside of the buoyed swimming area and no-wake zone. A fishing license may be required and regulations apply (learn more).
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