Long Key Natural Area is one of the most recently protected areas of southeast Florida, having been opened in 2008. An area once inhabited by Native Americans, it was eventually the site of a failed amusement park on the edge of the Everglades known as Pioneer City, then the Kapok Tree Restaurant before it was turned into preserved land. Ironically, the amusement park being built is the primary reason the land unlike so much around it, was never developed as the Oak Hammock, trails and lakes all remained as they were.
The below video gives a stunning visual entrance to the natural area.
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