There are so many sights to see in Florida, but nothing quite like Lovers Key State Park in Fort Meyers Beach. This stretch of land is covered in beautiful and ghostly driftwood. Over time, dead, sun-bleached trees have become lodged in the sand, creating a pale forest on the Gulf Coast for curious travelers to explore. 

While the dead trees are smooth and whitewashed like beached driftwood, in reality, they never left the park. Melaleuca trees on Lovers Key were killed by rising seawater and became rooted in the sand, park volunteer Pam Jones-Morton told News-Press.

Visitors have decorated the upended dead roots with a variety of shells and now-rusted locks. This memorial to once-great trees of the past creates a melancholy feeling, not unlike the one felt while laying flowers at an old grave. 

Lovers Key is also well-known for its breathtaking scenery, according to Florida State Parks. Visitors may spot peaceful ocean-dwellers like manatees or dolphins swimming in the blue-green surf.

Eventually, the dead trees at Lovers Key may be taken by the waves, becoming true driftwood at last. Visit the park soon to see this dead forest before its claimed by the sea.

Check out these articles on 9 unique things you can only do in Florida and 12 things to do in Florida this September 2019 for more travel ideas in the sunshine state.

Lovers Key State Park

Price: $8 per vehicle

Hours: 8 a.m. until sundown daily 

Address: 8700 Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach 

Why You Need To Go: Head to Lovers Key to see an eerie and breathtaking dead forest before its washed it away by the ocean. Hang a shell carved with your initials on the exposed roots.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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