In the middle of the Key Deer Refuge is a nature lake area called the Blue Hole. A small park for nature observation and has a walking trial. During the middle of the day you are less likely to see any of the Key Deer. Try around dawn or dusk if you can fit it into your schedule.
The Blue Hole is an abandoned limestone quarry used during the railroad growth. Be careful walking around as poisonwood produces an oil which can cause a rash to kids and adults. It is all nature, as the wildlife here includes fish, turtles, birds and alligators.
Big Pine Key has extensive growths of Florida slash pine, silver palms, thatch palm, and poisonwood. To identify it, look for telltale burn marks on the leaves.
It is a very small park, about two miles down the main road of Big Pine. On the left side, with parking for around fifteen cars. Only for those into the woods and scenic nature.
They have gators in here too. Watch out, when you walk the lake perimeter.
I love living on Big Pine, and it is so good on the wallet. Yeah to the Mile Marker 24 Band and Coco's Kitchen. What a nice pricing policy, so good. You have to check it out at: cocoskitchen.com. Please post our website link below our comment. Breakfast is right up there with Blue Heaven Key West (huge pies).
Exploring the mysterious lands of Big Pine often feels like setting foot on a foreign, untouched island. With few other vacation guests to contend with, the rental prices are cheaper here. Plus you get all the natural wonders, fishing, and key deer.
Key Deer Boulevard
Big Pine Key FL 33043