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About Bahia Honda State Park
Campgrounds in Bahia Honda
Located on the Gulf side of the island, this campground is paved with gravel, making it a good spot for RVs (up to 71 feet in length) and pop ups....
Mirror mirror on the wall, which campsite is the smallest, cutest and coziest of them all? Why Bayside Campground of course! With only eight sites...
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History of Bahia Honda State Park
Bahia Honda Key is home to one of Florida’s southernmost state parks. The channel between the old and new Bahia Honda bridges is one of the deepest natural channels in the Florida Keys. The subtropical climate throughout the Florida Keys has created a natural environment found nowhere else in the continental U.S. Many plants and animals in the park are rare and unusual, including marine plant and animal species of Caribbean origin.
The park has one of the largest remaining stands of the threatened silver palms. Specimens of the silver palm and the yellow satinwood, found in the park, have been certified as national champion trees. The rare, small-flowered lily thorn may also be found in the park.
The geological formation of Bahia Honda is Key Largo limestone. It is derived from a pre-historic coral reef similar to the present day living reefs off the Keys. Because of a drop in sea level several thousand years ago, portions of this ancient
reef emerged from the sea, forming islands. Bahia Honda is the southernmost key where the formation is exposed.
In more modern times, the park was part of Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railway holdings. The railroad remains were converted into what is known today as U.S. Highway 1. Presently, the Old Bahia Honda Bridge serves as a reminder
of Flagler’s dream. A section of the old bridge offers visitors a panoramic view of the island and surrounding waters.
Since the initial aquisition of the first 13 acres of the park in 1961, Bahia Honda has become well- known as a recreational treasure.