Fort Zachary Taylor

Location: Southern Florida
Trip Starts: Parking Area
Trip Ends: Parking Area
Total Distance: 1.8 miles
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Trails Used: Fort View Nature Trail
Trail Traffic: Light to Moderate
Trip Type: Day Hike
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Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
601 Howard England Way
Key West, FL 33040


Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park is located near the southern tip of Key West, Florida and is a National Historic Landmark.  The park consists of the Civil War-era Fort Taylor and a public beach that is sometimes heavily used on weekends. The U.S. Army began construction of Fort Taylor in 1845 and it remained under federal control during the entire Civil War – one of only three fortresses in Florida to do so. The fort was also heavily used during the Spanish–American War (1898), World War I (1917–1918), World War II (1941–1945), and the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962).  Fort Taylor was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973. Much of the land around the fort has been filled in and the area now encompasses 87 acres including a public beach. 

This hike at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park begins in the parking area and follows a series of trails around the property and through Fort Taylor.  The route combines a mix of paved and sandy paths that occasionally wind through the tropical hardwoods of the park.  After exploring the fort, you can enjoy the beach which has a shaded picnic area with picnic tables and grills.  There is also an area to rent beach chairs, umbrellas, and snorkeling equipment if you want to explore the shoreline. 

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