Fort Zachary Taylor, John Pennekamp and Curry Hammock State Parks Reopen

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Fort Zachary Taylor, John Pennekamp and
Curry Hammock State Parks Reopen

~Three state parks in Monroe County reopen for visitors to enjoy~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.The Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service announces that three additional state parks in the Keys have reopened following the impacts of Hurricane Irma. Amenities and access to certain areas of the parks may be limited as park staff continue clean-up efforts. 

The following parks have reopened for day-use:

  • Curry Hammock State Park
  • Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
  • John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The following state parks and trails in the Keys are also open for visitors to enjoy:

  • Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
  • The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail - due to conditions and construction, sections of the trail may be closed.
  • Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park
  • San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park
  • Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

To ensure visitor safety, five state parks remain closed, but crews are working to reopen them as quickly as possible. For a full list of park closures and for continuously updated information, please visit and the Florida State Parks Facebook page.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Hurricane Irma. Visit for updates and information about this storm.

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1 – Nov. 30. For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to "Get a Plan," visit For continuous updates and recovery tips, follow the State Emergency Response Team on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at