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National Key Deer Refuge. There are two primary public use

areas with trails in the Key Deer Refuge: the Blue Hole, Watson

and Mannillo Nature Trails. There are additional, more rustic trails

on No Name Key, Upper and Lower Sugarloaf Key and Cudjoe

Key. There are lovely bike paths on which to cycle and many

opportunities to enjoy the water.

The National Key Deer Refuge was established in 1957 to protect

the Key Deer and other wildlife species in the Florida Keys. The Key

Deer Refuge includes protected lands on 25 islands, and consists of

pine rockland, hardwood hammock, freshwater wetlands, mangrove

and beach areas. The refuge has a visitor center in the Big Pine

Shopping Plaza, open Mon-Fri 9 am - 4 pm, and most weekends

10 am - 3 pm; visitors and residents are encouraged to stop by for

information about places to see and photograph wildlife, maps,

guided nature and birding walks, kids programs, and other

opportunities at the Refuge. The Center also shares information

on the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges-Great White

Heron and Key West.

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