Location: Egmont Key
Length: 1 mile
Lat-Lon: 27.613088, -82.736473 (for ferryboat dock)
Fees: state park access fee
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Bug Factor: moderate
Restroom: not on the island
Pets are not allowed on the island.
The Tampa Bay Ferry departs from Fort De Soto Park. To reach Fort De Soto Park, take I-275 south from St. Petersburg to Exit 31A, Pass-a-Grille Beach. Drive west on 54th Ave S (toll). Continue 2.5 miles to CR 679 S. Turn left and follow CR 679 south through Tierra Verde for 5.5 miles (another toll) to the park entrance. The popular campground is on the right. Make a right at the T, and turn into the parking area for the fort on the left, past the battery. The ferryboat departs from the dock with the pier.
Tampa Bay Ferry (727-867-6569) provides trips to Egmont Key daily. The ferry also runs snorkel trips over the underwater ruins of Fort Dade; rental of snorkeling equipment available.
Brick paths lead through the remains of the former Fort Dade, which once had more than 300 residents.