Coastal Hammock Trail
Virginia Key Coastal Hammock Trail is a “transitional” zone. Here, native plants thrive. Sea Grape, Gumbo Limbo, and Wild Lime grow where exotic plants once crowded the landscape.
Restoring the native landscape has also created critical habitat for rare and endangered wildlife species. Migrating songbirds that can be found here include rare migrants like the Pine Siskin, Tennessee Warbler, Swainson’s Thrush and Indigo Bunting. These species migrate south each year, down the Atlantic coast, to find this this maritime hammock offering them food and shelter.
The 13-acre site, accessible from the parking lot of Virginia Key Beach (beyond VKOC across from the treatment plant) is the best example of this forest type remaining in Miami-Dade County.
A list of rare and endangered plants of Vorginia Key is available at (((((((((((((((