Botanical treasure

Once slated to become a Mediterranean-style condominium development, Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park contains one of the largest tracts of West Indian tropical hardwood hammock in the United States. The park is home to 84 protected species of plants and animals, including wild cotton, mahogany mistletoe and the American crocodile. Most of the park’s 6 miles of trails are paved and accessible to both bicycles and wheelchairs. Signs along a self-guided nature trail provide information about the park’s ecosystem and wildlife. Admission is $2.50. The park is located on County Road 905, a half-mile north of the intersection with U.S. 1 at mile marker 106.