Best Day Hikes in Dry Tortugas National Park

Below you will find the best and only hike in Dry Tortugas National Park! Located 70 miles west of Key West, Dry Tortugas only offers hikers 1 real ‘trail’. Accessible only by boat or plane, this national park is made up of mostly water and 7 small islands including Garden Key where Fort Jefferson is located. Official Website.

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1. Fort Jefferson Loop

This is a self-guided 1/2 mile loop around one of the largest 19th century forts in the United States. The fort was built as an ‘advance post’ to monitor ships patrolling the Gulf of Mexico and Straits of Florida.

  • 0.5 miles – Loop
  • No elevation gain
  • Easy




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