National Key Deer Refuge


Standing just about 2 feet high, key deer are miniature versions of their much larger cousins, the white-tailed deer. When their numbers were rapidly dwindling in the 1950s, they were given the protection of this 9,200-acre refuge comprised of pine rockland forests, freshwater wetlands, saltmarsh wetlands, and mangrove forests.

Within its boundaries, deer numbers have increased to nearly a thousand, an indication that they, like other refuge wildlife, are thriving. There are walking trails, wildlife viewing areas, and a visitors center less than a mile from the intersection of U.S. 1 and CR 940.


28950 Watson Blvd.
MM 33
Big Pine Key, Florida 33043


24.68958000, -81.38162000

Open Hours

Visitors Center: Weekdays 9–4; weekends 10–3.
Visit Website
(305) 872-0774

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