You’ll have to pack strategically if you’re camping on Garden Key, since amenities are basically as bare bones as it gets. But hey, if that’s what it takes to wake up in paradise, we say go for it. The 10 sites at the primitive campground are up for grabs on a first come, first served basis, and you’ll have to take a special ferry from Key West to bring over all your gear. If you arrive and the campground is full, rangers may open up some overflow camping space for you. There are no snack bars or hookups here, so make sure you lug in enough food and fresh water for your entire stay.
Campsite area
Tent sites
10 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

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Cheri I.
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July 29th, 2016

The ferry costs $195 return. If you choose to park your car there, it costs $15 per 24 hours.

The Park Service will collect a campsite fee of $15 to $30 per night based on the size of your party. This fee is payable to the National Park Service once you are at Fort Jefferson. Correct change is appreciated.

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Cheri I.
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July 29th, 2016

Do not attach anything to a tree. Campground trees & shrubs are crucial for providing shade and windbreak. Help protect this valuable vegetation. Do not attach ropes, hammocks, tents, laundry lines, or any other materials to campground trees. All camping gear must be free standing*.

• The 11 campsites are available on a 1st come, 1st served basis. However, the Park Service reserves the right to designate camping sites to visitors of the park.

• Space is limited. Each of the regular campsites contains a table & grill. Three tents & 6 campers are the maximum allowed per campsite. All tents must remain within 10 feet of your table. Be prepared to share the limited campground area with others.

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Cheri I.
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July 29th, 2016

Reservations are required.

Pack all food in airtight containers to discourage rats.

Propane containers (i.e. Coleman Propane)are not allowed. Self starting charcoal or sterno cans are the only form of fuel allowed.

Arrive at the Yankee Freedom III, on the day of your departure to Fort Jefferson, NO LATER THAN 6:30 AM! Yankee Freedom III will only transport campers who wish to stay.

Limit your provisions & coolers to 60 pounds per person (not including water).
There is no store or showers.

A total of 3 kayaks/small canoes transported on any trip. $20 fee each

Quiet hours from 10 PM to 6PM.

Campers must have all gear on the dock (NOT left in camping area) by 10:30AM on the day of departure from Ft. Jefferson

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Dry Tortugas National Park
United States
Phone Number
(305) 242-7700
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24.627° N, 82.873° W
Tent Only - Hike In: 10 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)