Florida State and National Parks
Florida has some of the best natural parks in the world. The Florida State Parks encompass the majority of the lands that fall under the authority of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. There are 160 such entities, including nature reserves, recreation areas, and historic sites, which can be found in every corner of the state.
Florida’s parks include campgrounds, swamps, forests and rivers. Hike, bike, explore or camp out at any one of Florida’s natural and state an national parks and forests.
Below is a list of the state and national parks in Florida.
Florida State Parks
Alafia River State Park features a 20-mile network of off-road biking trails, 20 miles of equestrian trails and 20 miles of hiking trails. Scattered lakes and the south prong of the Alafia River provide opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Alafia River State Park is located 10 miles southeast of Tampa FL
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park offer over 5 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, along with another 3 miles of designated bike trails. The Lake Overstreet trails continue to be popular with fitness enthusiasts. Ornamental gardens were first planted in 1923. Lake Hall provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park located in Tallahassee, FL
Amelia Island State Park offers over 200 acres of undeveloped recreational opportunities. Fishing is the top recreational activity at the park, comprised of 200 acres of beaches, salt marshes and maritime forests. Amelia Island State Park is the only state park in Florida to offer horseback riding on the beach. Amelia State Park is located 7 miles north of Little Talbot Island State Park or 8 miles south of Fernandina Beach FL
Anastasia State Park “The Real Florida” with ancient dunes over ten thousand years old, and an archaeological site where coquina rock was mined to create the nearby fortress, The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. Anastasia State Park, a barrier island has four miles of pristine beach and an estuary thriving with animal life. Anastasia State Park located Jacksonville, FL.
Anclote Key Preserve State Park features a four-mile-long beach, and a 19th Century Lighthouse, that stands sentry on the southern portion of the island. Located three miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs, this park is accessible only by private boat. Anclote Key Preserve State Park is located in St. Augustine, FL
Avalon State Park has more than a mile of increasingly rare undeveloped beachfront and is a habitat for many species and the threatened and endangered sea turtles. Avalon State Park has one of the most picturesque beach settings that you will ever see. Avalon State Park is located along North Hutchinson Island, and four miles north of Ft. Pierce Inlet State Park.
Bahia Honda State Park Henry Flagler’s railroad to Key West turned the remote island of Bahia Honda Key into a tropical destination, known for beautiful beaches, magnificent sunsets, and excellent snorkeling. Bahia Honda State Park is located 12 mile south of Marathon FL.
Bald Point State Park, Alligator Point, Florida
Big Lagoon State Park sits on the northern shoreline of Big Lagoon, which separates the mainland from Perdido Key and the Gulf of Mexico. Natural communities, ranging from saltwater marshes to pine flatwoods. Beaches, nature trails, and woodlands offer opportunities for nature study. Big Lagoon State Park is located in Pensacola, Florida
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park this 400-acre park is the home of a historic lighthouse built in 1825, the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. Cape Florida Lighthouse is located on Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida
Blackwater River State Park is a popular destination for canoeists and kayakers, the river is one of the purest sand-bottom rivers in the nation, making this park a popular place for water activities. Blackwater River State Park is located near the town Holt FL.
Blue Spring State Park, Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home (mid-November through March) to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. The spring´s crystal clear, 73 degree water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and certified scuba divers. River boat tours are available. Blue Spring State Park is located west of Orange City Fl.
Bulow Creek State Park protects one of the largest remaining stands of southern live oak forest in Florida. The reigning tree is the famous 400 year old, Fairchild Oak. Bulow Creek State Park is located in Ormond Beach FL.
Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park contains ruins of a former plantation, a sugar mill, a unique spring house, several wells, and the foundations of the plantation house. Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park is located three miles west of Flagler Beach FL.
Caladesi Island State Park is accessible only by boat or ferry. You can learn about the natural and cultural history of this unspoiled barrier island, that has been rated as the nation´s #1 best beach. For the ferry to Caladesi Island State Park, drive to to Honeymoon Island State Park FL.
Camp Helen State Park is bordered on three sides by the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida. Prehistoric mounds indicate that humans lived in the area more than 4,000 years ago. Camp Helen State Park is a day use only park, located in Panama City Beach, FL
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve, has swamps, hardwood forests, pine flatwoods, and scrub. Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve includes miles of trails, and the shallow waters and creeks near the salt marshes are ideal for canoeing and kayaking.
Charlotte Harbor State Park has numerous trails through mangroves, and vast areas of vital habitat for many varieties of wildlife. Charlotte Harbor State Park is located in Punta Gorda, Florida.
Collier-Seminole State Park features a wealth of vegetation and wildlife typical of the Everglades. Hiking, bicycling, and canoeing trails offer opportunities for visitors to explore the remarkable wilderness. Collier-Seminole State is located near Naples, FL
Constitution Convention Museum State Park, founded in 1835, commemorates the work of the 56 territorial delegates who drafted Florida’s first constitution in 1838. Visitors can take a self-guided tour through displays and exhibits of 19th century life in St. Joseph. Life-size, audio-animated mannequins in the replicated convention hall demonstrate the process of drafting a state constitution. Constitution Convention Museum State Park is located in Port St. Joe, FL.
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, offers a peaceful setting away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is located in Bushnell, Florida
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park is a 2,400-acre park, that is home to 84 protected species of plants and animals, including wild cotton, mahogany mistletoe, and the American crocodile. Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park is also the place to explore the largest remaining stand of the vast West Indian tropical hardwood hammock and mangrove wetlands. Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park is located in the Florida Keys.
De Leon Springs State Park, Native Americans visited and used these springs as long as 6,000 years ago. By the 1880’s De Leon Springs State Park had become a winter resort, and tourists were promised “a fountain of youth impregnated with a healthy combination of soda and sulphur.” De Leon Springs flows into the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge where canoeists and kayakers can explore 18,000 acres of lakes, creeks, and marshes. De Leon Springs State Park is located six miles form Deland FL.
Deer Lake State Park shares its name with the coastal dune lake within its boundaries. Coastal dune lakes are extremely rare worldwide and in the United States they occur only along the Gulf Coast. Southern magnolias, golden asters, woody goldenrod, and scrub oaks can be seen in this coastal dune habitat. Rare plants such as gulf coast lupine, spoonflower, pitcher plants, and Curtiss’ sand grass-one of the largest populations found in Florida-are found in the park. Deer Lake State Park is located in Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park “a painter’s paradise.” this park’s mile-long stretch of white sugar sand beach has been rated as one of the best beaches in the nation. Kayaking, boating, saltwater or freshwater fishing are popular activities in Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, located in Naples, FL
Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park offers sandy terrain and pine forests, a bowl-shaped cavity 120 feet deep leads down to a miniature rain forest. Researchers have learned a great deal about Florida’s natural history by studying fossil shark teeth, marine shells, and the fossilized remains of extinct land animals found in the sink. Devils Millhopper Geological State Park is located two miles northwest of Gainesville FL.
Don Pedro Island State Park is part of an extensive chain of barrier islands extending along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Between Knight Island and Little Gasparilla Island, Don Pedro Island State Park is located off the coast of Cape Haze about nine miles south of Englewood, and is accessible only by private boat.
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park offers miles of undeveloped beaches and emerald waters. You can fish for flounder, redfish, sea trout, pompano, whiting, and Spanish mackerel. Few parks offer better opportunities for gulf coast sea shelling. Shore birds such as the snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, and willet often nest on the sandy shores and grass flats. Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park is located on the east end of St. George Island FL.
Econfina River State Park, Nature lovers can explore scenic nature trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding or drift along the river in a kayak, canoe, or boat. All Trails lead to a panoramic view of coastal Florida with lush islands, and sand dunes. Econfina River State Park is located in Lamont, FL
Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington FL.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife, and glass bottom boat tours are offered. Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge is listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Natural Landmark. Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is located in Wakulla Springs, 14 miles south of Tallahassee, Florida.
Egmont Key State Park, is primarily a wildlife refuge, it can be a place to relax and collect shells along secluded, pristine beaches. Accessible only by private boat, Egmont Key State Park has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. Egmont Key State Park is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay FL
Estero Bay Preserve State Park preserve and protects the water, inlets, and islands along 10 miles of Estero Bay. Visitors can canoe or kayak in the bay or on the Estero River. Estero Bay Preserve State Park is located in Estero, FL
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is where you can step into the interior of the world’s only Bald Cypress-Royal Palm Forest, Â”the Amazon of North America” is approximately twenty miles long by five miles wide. Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is also the orchid and bromeliad capital of the continent with 44 native orchids and 14 native bromeliad species. Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is located just west of Copeland FL
Falling Waters State Park has Sink Hole Trail that leads visitors to Florida’s highest waterfall. Falling Waters Sink is a 100-foot deep, 20-foot wide cylindrical pit into which flows a small stream that drops 73 feet to the bottom of the sink. Park visitors can see beautiful native and migrating butterflies in the butterfly garden. Falling Waters State Park is located 3 miles south of Chipley FL.
Fanning Springs State Park features hiking trails and a boardwalk to view the river. Manatees visit Fanning Springs from time to time. Located on the Suwannee River. Fanning Springs State Park is located in the town of Fanning Springs FL.
Faver-Dykes State Park is noted for its pristine condition, the park borders Pellicer Creek, Pellicer Creek is a designated state canoe trail and visitors can rent canoes at the park. Faver-Dykes State Park is located 15 miles south of St. Augustine FL.
Florida Caverns State Park is the only Florida state park to offer cave tours to the public. The cave has dazzling formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones, and draperies. Florida Caverns State Park is located 3 Miles North of Marianna, FL
Forest Capital Museum State Park, The museum celebrates the heritage of Florida’s forest industry. The heart of the museum is dedicated to longleaf pines and the 5,000 products manufactured from them. Adjacent to the museum is an authentic 19th century Cracker homestead. Forest Capital Museum State Park is located in Perry, Florida.
Fort Clinch State Park has one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country, and Fort Clinch State Park has a renowned living history program, available every day. At Historic Fort Clinch fisherman can fish from the pier or take advantage of excellent surf fishing. Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy a six-mile trail through the park. Fort Clinch State Park is located north of of Fernandina Beach, FL
Fort Cooper State Park has Lake Holathlikaha, a 160-acre lake popular for water activities, bird watching and nearly 6.2 miles of hiking trails. Fort Cooper State Park is located in Inverness, Florida.
Fort George Island Cultural State Park has restored Ribault Club, once an exclusive resort. Fort George Island Cultural State Park offers a virtual ranger tour of the Saturiwa Trail on Fort George Island. All you need is a car CD-player and an interest in old Florida. A site of human occupation for over 5,000 years, Fort George Island was named for a 1736 fort. Fort George Island Cultural State Park is located 16 miles east of Jacksonville, FL
Fort Mose Historic State Park, also spelled Fort Moosa or Fort Mossa was the first free black settlement legally sanctioned in what would become the United States. The town in 1738 began when Florida was a Spanish colony. Although nothing remains of the fort, the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fort Mose Historic State Park is located two miles north of St. Augustine, Florida.
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park has 340-acres consisting of beaches, dunes and coastal hammock. Activities include fishing, swimming, surfing, picnicking, hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and birding. Dynamite Point was once the training site for WWII Navy Frogmen, and at the west end of the Marsh Rabbit Run Trail, visitors can climb an observation tower to get a bird’s-eye view of Indian River and the island. Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is located on North Hutchinson Island, near Fort Pierce.
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park Construction of the fort began in 1845, to defend the nation’s southeastern coastline. Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park is located on Key West.
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is located on the north shore of Choctawhatchee Bay and bordered by the Rocky Bayou Aquatic Preserve.
Fort Pickens State Park Aquatic Preserve is a 34,000 acre preserve that surrounds the western end of Santa Rosa Island and the eastern end of Perdido Key which are both typical examples of undeveloped barrier islands. The aquatic preserve is rich with archaeological history, varying from prehistoric Native American to historic Spanish and American. There are several Indian middens on Santa Rosa Island and Perdido Key, but most of the past activity was historic and included Spanish settlers who first came in 1528. A sunken ship within the preserve, the USS Massachusetts was built in 1891, is designated as an archeological underwater preserve.
Gamble Plantation Historic State Park feature a mansion was home to Major Robert Gamble and headquarters of an extensive sugar plantation. It is the only surviving plantation house in South Florida. Gamble Plantation Historic State Park is located in Ellenton, FL
Gasparilla Island State Park is separated from the mainland by Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound, this island is part of a chain of Gulf Coast barrier islands. The centerpiece of Gasparilla is the restored Boca Grande Lighthouse built in 1890.
George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park is a pedestrian-only fishing bridge that spans the entire Nassau Sound. George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park is located on the border of Amelia Island State Park, FL
Gold Head Branch State Park is where you can enjoy hiking and wildlife viewing along the park´s nature trails and a three-mile stretch of the Florida Trail. For water recreation, visitors can swim or fish in the lake. Gold Head Branch State Park is located midway between Gainesville and Jacksonville, FL.
Grayton Beach State Park has consistently been ranked among the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the United States. A nature trail winds through a coastal forest where scrub oaks and magnolias, bent and twisted by salt winds, have a “Middle Earth” look. Grayton Beach State Park is located approximately halfway between Panama City Beach FL. and Destin FL.
Guana River State Park consists of beaches, sand dunes, salt marshes, mangroves, tidal wetlands, tidal creeks, oyster bars, estuarine lagoons, maritime hardwood hammock, freshwater depression marshes, pond pine flatwoods and shell mound forests. Guana River State Park is located a few miles from St. Augustine, FL
Henderson Beach State Park has sugar sand beaches and more than 6,000 feet of natural scenic shoreline border the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Henderson Beach State Park is located just east of Destin FL.
Highlands Hammock State Park, visitors can enjoy bicycling the scenic 3-mile loop drive, hiking along the park´s nine trails, and for equestrians, there is an 11-mile, day-use trail including an elevated boardwalk traverses an old-growth cypress swamp. Highlands Hammock State Park is located at Sebring, FL
Hillsborough River State Park a replica of an 1837 Fort Foster is located on the park grounds, The river is good for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Hillsborough River State Park is located 12 miles north of Tampa and six miles south of Zephyrhills FL
Honeymoon Island State Park has one of the few remaining virgin slash pine forests in South Florida. The park boasts several nature trails, bird observation areas, and seashells on the shore. Honeymoon Island State Park is located near Dunedin FL.
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park showcases Florida Wildlife, by offering an excellent opportunity to observe native animals, birds and plants by staring your visit with a leisurely pontoon boat ride down Pepper Creek to the wildlife park. The Fish Bowl, a floating underwater observatory, offers a below-the-surface view of manatees and fish in the clear spring environment. A Reptile House and the Children’s Education Center provide close-up viewing of native snakes and other reptiles. Homosassa Springs is one of the a very few places where you can see endangered West Indian manatees, Whooping Cranes, Red wolves, Key Deer, and a Florida panther up close. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is located in Homosassa Springs, FL.
Hontoon Island State Park is accessible only by private boat or park ferry. Hontoon Island State Park has a museum, and is where you can bike ride over five miles of service roads in the center of the park, or there is a three mile hiking trail that leads to a large Indian mound. Hontoon Island is located west of DeLand, FL.
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park has a two-mile paved loop that is perfect for walking, jogging, skating or riding a bike. They also have several hiking trails through various native habitats. You can walk through the tunnel under A1A and head to the beach, boat along a mile-long freshwater lagoon or fish from the seawall. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Ichetucknee Springs State Park located on the Ichetucknee River is popular for tubing on the crystal clear water. October through March scuba diving is available in the Blue Hole only, you must be cave certified. Ichetucknee Springs State Park has a set of trails located at the North Entrance near the head springs. A ½ mile, round trip walk will take you to the Blue Hole, the largest spring in the park. Ichetucknee Springs State Park is located in Fort White, FL.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park, The Loxahatchee River, Florida’s first federally designated Wild and Scenic River, runs through the park. the park offers paved and off-road biking trails, hiking trails, and horseback riding trails. Boating and fishing along the river is very popular. Jonathan Dickinson State Park is located just south of Stuart, FL.
John Gorrie Museum State Park offers exhibits chronicling the colorful history of Apalachicola, and a young physician named John Gorrie, who became a pioneer in the field of air conditioning and refrigeration by inventing a machine that made ice, and received the first U.S. Patent for mechanical refrigeration in 1851. John Gorrie Museum State Park is located in Apalachicola FL
Killearn Gardens State Park also known as Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. The park’s predominant cultural resource is the 28 acres of ornamental gardens designed by Alfred B. Maclay. The backbone of the garden plantings are azaleas, camellias and exotic trees including bald cypress, black gum, Japanese maple, redbud, and sweetgum. Other plantings include gardenia, ginger, jasmine, Oriental magnolia, mountain laurel and wisteria. Killearn Gardens State Park is located in Tallahassee, Florida
Koreshan State Historic Park, walk through the historic settlement area. Koreshan State Historic Park is located in Estero, Florida.
Lafayette Blue Springs State Park contains one of the state’s 33 first magnitude springs, with a daily discharge of up to 168 million gallons. Many animals live in and around the park. The park has such amenities as boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and wildlife viewing. Lafayette Blue Springs State Park is located on the west side of the Suwannee River, seven miles northwest of Mayo, FL
Lake Griffin State Park consists of over 425 acres. Lake Griffin State Park is known for its great bass fishing opportunities and is home to one of the state’s largest live oak trees. A canal connects the park to Lake Griffin, the eighth largest lake in Florida. Lake Griffin State Park is located 2 miles north of Leesburg, FL
Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park encompasses six earthen temple mounds and one possible burial mound. Artifacts of pre-Columbian societies have been found here. The Lake Jackson Mounds are known as one of the most important archaeological sites discovered in Florida. The site was once a large ceremonial center dating back to the Fort Walton period of Florida’s history (1200-1500 A.D.). Visitors can also enjoy a short hike past the remains of an 1800s grist mill. Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, Tallahassee, FL
Lake June in Winter Scrub State Park protects one of Florida”s most endangered natural communities, sand scrub, sometimes called “Florida’s desert.” Some of Florida’s rarest plants and animals are found in the scrub. Lake June in Winter Scrub State Park is located about 12 miles south of Sebring FL
Lake Kissimmee State Park is where Florida’s cowboy heritage comes alive with living history demonstrations of the early Florida “cow hunters” in an 1876-era cow camp. Lake Kissimmee State Park has 13 miles of hiking trails, six miles of equestrian trails, and Lake Kissimmee, along with other small lakes in the area, forms the headwaters for the Florida Everglades. Lake Kissimmee State Park is located 15 miles east of Lake Wales, FL
Lake Louisa State Park is noted for its six beautiful lakes. Lake Louisa is the largest in a chain of 13 lakes connected by the Palatlakaha River, which is designated as an Outstanding Florida Waterway. Lake Louisa State Park is located a short drive from Orlando, FL
Lake Manatee River State Park you can fish along the banks of the river, enjoy hiking a six-and-a-half mile trail, or 12 miles of equestrian trails. Little Manatee River State Park is located four miles south of Sun City Center FL.
Lake Talquin State Park in 1927 the Jackson Bluff Dam was constructed. The waters held back by the dam formed Lake Talquin, which now offers outstanding water recreation, fishing includes catching largemouth bass, bream, shellcracker, and speckled perch. Lake Talquin State Park is located in Tallahassee, FL
Letchworth-Love Mounds State Park has an archaeological site that is Florida’s tallest Native American ceremonial mound-46 feet-built between 1100 and 1800 years ago. Letchworth-Love Mounds State Park is located 6 miles west of Monticello FL.
Lignumvitae Key State Botanical Park is accessible only by private boat or tour boat, and is where you can go fishing for a variety of fish from bonefish on the flats, to tarpon in the channels, snapper, spanish mackerel and snook are also found in the waters surrounding the park including Caribbean spiny Lobster and stone crab. The Matheson House, built in 1919, serves as the park’s Visitor Center and offers a glimpse of how island people lived.
Little Manatee River State Park is a 2400-acre riverfront park that offers visitors an opportunity to explore the river by kayak or canoe, has a 12 mile equestrian trail and 6.5-mile hiking trail. Little Manatee River State Park’s nature trails have been designated as the area’s best hiking trails. Little Manatee River State Park is located four miles south of Sun City Center, FL
Little Talbot Island State Park is a sea island, located east of Jacksonville, south of Amelia Island and has over five miles of white sand beach. Little Talbot Island offers excellent fishing, hiking, beach combing and pretty good surfing. Little Talbot Island State Park offers Ranger Programs, Interpretive Programs and Workshops for you to attend and/or join in.
Long Key State Park is where you can explore this island by kayaking or canoeing through a chain of lagoons or hiking two land-based trails. The Golden Orb Trail leads visitors to an observation tower that provides a panoramic view of the island.
Lovers Key State Park is one of four barrier islands. A haven for wildlife, the islands and their waters are home to West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles. The two mile long beach is accessible by boardwalk or tram. Lovers Key State Park is located at Fort Myers Beach FL.
Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park forms a wildlife corridor to the Ocala National Forest along the Wekiva and St. Johns Rivers. Activities include biking, hiking, horseback riding trails and wildlife viewing. The Northern Entrance into the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park is located off of S.R. 44 in Pine Lakes. Southern Entrance into the Preserve is located nine miles west of Sanford on S.R. 46.
Madira Bickel Mound State Archeological Site Archaeological excavations have disclosed at least three periods of Native American cultures, the earliest dating back 2,000 years. Madira Bickel Mound is located in Palmetto FL.
Madison Blue Springs State Park contains one of the Florida’s first magnitude springs, 82 feet wide and 25 feet deep, the spring bubbles up into a limestone basin along the west bank of the Withlacoochee River. Madison Blue Springs State Park is located approximately ten miles east of Madison, FL.
Manatee Springs State Park has crystal clear spring water, and is a first magnitude spring. Be advised that you may not enter the water if manatees are present in the swimming area. Catfish sink is open for swimming and scuba diving and manatees are not able to enter that location. Manatee Springs State Park also has a 8 mile trail system through upland pine communities and bottomland cypress swamps. Manatee Springs State Park is located six miles west of Chiefland.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park was the home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the author of many major literary works. The Rawlings house also is a notable example of the Cracker style of architecture. Visitors to this Florida homestead can walk back in time to 1930s farm life. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park is located between Ocala and Gainesville in Cross Creek, FL
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park has marshes, lakes and scrub provide a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Visitors to the park can enjoy hiking and wildlife viewing along the park´s nature trails and a three-mile stretch of the Florida Trail. For water recreation, visitors can swim or fish in the lake. Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park is located 6 miles north of Keystone Heights
Mound Key Archeological State Park Prehistoric Native Americans are credited with creating a complex of mounds with seashells, fish bones, and pottery. Mound Key is believed to have been the ceremonial center of the Calusa Indians. In 1566, the Spanish governor of Florida established a settlement on the island with a fort and the first Jesuit mission in the Spanish New World. The only access to the island is by boat, it can be reached by the Estero River. Mound Key Archeological State Park, Estero, Florida
Myakka River State Park is located nine miles east of Sarasota FL
Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park is the site of the second largest Civil War battle in Florida and where the St. Marks River drops into a sinkhole and flows underground for one-quarter of a mile before reemerging. Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park is located six miles east of Woodville FL
North Peninsula State Park located four miles south of Flagler Beach. North Peninsula State Park has more than two miles of beautiful, unspoiled Atlantic beaches. Great for surf fishing.
O’Leno State Park sits along the banks of the scenic Santa Fe River, a tributary of the Suwannee River. O’Leno State Park features sinkholes, hardwood hammocks, river swamps, and sand hills. A suspension bridge built by the CCC still spans the river. O’Leno State Park is located six miles north of High Springs.
Ochlockonee River State Park, Ochlockonee, which means “yellow waters,” is a mix of brackish, tidal surge, and fresh water. Popular fishing area, both freshwater and saltwater fishing is great for largemouth bass, bream, catfish and speckled perch. Ochlockonee River State Park is located four miles south of Sopchoppy FL.
Orman House State Park, Built in 1838 by Thomas Orman. The house features details of both federal and Greek revival styles with wooden mantelpieces, molded plaster cornices, and wide heart-pine floorboards. Orman House State Park is located in Apalachicola, Florida.
Oscar Scherer State Park fifteen miles of trails through natural areas for hiking, bicycling, and wildlife viewing. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along South Creek, a stream that flows to the Gulf of Mexico. Oscar Scherer State Park is located six miles south of Sarasota FL
Paynes Creek Historic State Park, Paynes Creek and Peace River provide opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. A museum at the visitor center depicts the lives of the Seminole Indians and pioneers during the 19th century. Paynes Creek Historic State Park is located one-half mile southeast of Bowling Green FL
Peacock Springs State Park has two major springs, a spring run, and six sinkholes. One of the longest underwater cave systems in the continental United States, about 28,000 feet of underwater passages have been explored and surveyed by cave divers. A nature trail leads visitors on a path tracing the twisting tunnels of the caves far below their feet. Swimming in Peacock Spring and Orange Grove Sink are popular activities during the summer. Peacock Springs State Park is located two miles east of Luraville, FL
Perdido Key State Park is a 247-acre barrier island with white sand beaches and rolling dunes near Pensacola on the Gulf of Mexico, a popular park for swimmers and sunbathers. Surf fishing is another popular activity. Perdido Key State Park is located 15 miles southwest of Pensacola FL.
Ponce de Leon Springs State Park named for Juan Ponce de León, who led the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513-as legend has it-in search of the “fountain of youth.” Visitors might take a dip in the cool, clear waters of Ponce de Leon Springs where the water temperature remains a constant 68 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. The main spring is a convergence of two underground water flows, and produces 14 million gallons of water daily. Ponce de Leon Springs State Park is located Ponce de Leon, Florida.
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park ensures the survival of aquatic plants and animals, and providing an important refuge for birds. Equestrians, hikers, and off-road bicyclists can explore five miles of multi-use trails that wind through the park’s many different natural communities.
Rainbow Springs State Park is popular for swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, and kayaking. Rainbow Springs State Park has much to offer. There is hiking or birding along the nature trails, or strolling through the gardens, experience the Garden and have a great experience in The Real Florida. Archaeological evidence indicates that people have been using this spring for nearly 10,000 years.
Ravine Gardens State Park is where a ravine was created over thousands of years by water flowing from the sandy ridges on the shore of the St. Johns River. In 1933, this ravine was transformed into a dramatic garden by the federal Works Progress Administration. Much of the original landscaping still exists as formal gardens and an extensive trail system. The garden’s peak flowering period is azalea season, late January to April. Ravine Gardens State Park is located in Palatka, Florida
River Rise Preserve State Park The Santa Fe River goes underground in O’Leno State Park and reemerges over three miles away in River Rise State Park as a circular pool before resuming its journey to the Suwannee River. Fishing on the river, hiking and wildlife viewing is a favorite pastimes for park visitors. Equestrians can explore over 20 miles of trails. River Rise Preserve State Park is located within O’Leno State Park. O’Leno State Park is located six miles north of High Springs.
Rock Springs Run State Reserve has miles of pristine shoreline along Rock Springs Run and the Wekiva River. There are 17 miles of trails for hiking, bicycling, or horseback riding. Rock Springs Run State Reserve is located in Sorrento, FL
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park preserves has one of the few remaining mature forests in Florida. The park offers outdoor adventure to hikers, off-road bicyclists, horseback riders, and nature lovers. To ensure solitude and quiet for a true wilderness experience, the southern two-thirds of the park is designated for hiking only. San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park, Alachua, Florida
San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park, The museum at the park displays pottery and tools unearthed near the original fort and explains the history of the San Marcos site. San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park is located in St. Marks FL.
San Pedro Underwater Archaeological State Park features in 18 feet of water a submerged shipwreck in 1733, part of a Spanish flotilla, the San Pedro was a 287-ton, Dutch-built ship. The underwater site has been enhanced with seven replica cannons, an anchor, and an information plaque. San Pedro Underwater Archaeological State Park is located approximately 1.25 nautical miles south from Indian Key.
Savannas Preserve State Park stretches more than 10 miles from Ft. Pierce to Jensen Beach, this preserve is the largest and most intact remnant of Florida’s east coast savannas. Canoeing, kayaking, and fishing in the wetlands are popular activities. Over eight miles of multi-use trails provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. The Education Center is located in Port St. Lucie.
Seabranch Preserve State Park is where you can see rare sand pine scrub, scrubby flatwoods, a baygall community, and a mangrove swamp. Hikers can explore these natural communities over four miles of trails. Seabranch Preserve State Park is located about 10 miles south of Stuart, FL.
Sebastian Inlet State Park is the premier saltwater fishing spot on Florida’s east coast. Two museums provide a history of the area. The McLarty Treasure Museum features the history of the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet; the Sebastian Fishing Museum tells the history of the area’s fishing industry. Three miles of beautiful beaches provide opportunities for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, and shelling. Sebastian Inlet State Park is located 15 miles south of Melbourne Beach.
Silver Springs State Park – Ocala, Florida
The springs pump out 550 million gallons of sparkling-clear water a day, enough to supply the entire city of New York.
Surrounding the springs is a marvelous diversity of animals and nature you simply won’t find anywhere else. Explore the stunning beauty of Florida in its natural state.
In 1985, the State of Florida purchased approximately 5,000 acres of undeveloped land around Silver Springs to keep it from being developed. The land was turned over to the Department of Recreation and Parks in 1987, creating the Silver River State Park. The same year, Marion County Schools constructed the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center on the property. There was little else at the park until 1999, when the state began construction on a ranger station, campground, and kayak launch.
In 1993, the state purchased Silver Springs with the ultimate intention of taking it over. The previous owners continued to operate the attraction under lease. It went through several operators before Palace Entertainment took over management of “Silver Springs Nature Theme Park” in 2002. In January 2013, after years of declining profits and increasing environmental problems, the state took over control of the park, releasing Palace Entertainment from their obligations. The same year, they merged Silver Springs into Silver River State Park, creating Silver Springs State Park.
Glass Bottom Boats offer passengers an unparalleled view of underwater life in the 99.8% pure waters of the Silver River. The boats have U.S. Coast Guard licensed captains, that will take you on an enchanting tour of the seven major spring formations at the headwaters.
One spring, Fish Reception Hall, is home to dozens of species of fish as well as alligators, clams, crawfish, shrimp, snails and six different kinds of turtles, all amidst the backdrop of tiny fossilized shells from 70 million years ago.
Peer through the glass and crystal clear water for views that only a scuba diver could have. You’ll be comfortably seated, and covered from the sun and weather. It carries you through Silver Springs’ 10,000 year history. Interactive exhibits and displays include a working archaeological dig site, Seminole Indian village, the 1830s Fort King Army stockade, a late 1880s riverboat dock and train depot, and an authentic Florida pioneer “Cracker” homestead.
It has dozens of springs, and miles of beautiful trails. Silver Springs State Park is home to a pioneer cracker village and the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center. Visitors can kayak or canoe down the crystal clear river, or hike and bike along one of the nature trails. Silver Springs State Park is located east of Ocala, FL.
Skyway Fishing Pier State Park built over Tampa Bay, connecting St. Petersburg with Sarasota, the old bridge was turned into the world’s longest fishing pier. Catches include snook, tarpon, grouper, black sea bass, spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cobia, sheepshead, red snapper, pompano, and many more Skyway Fishing Pier State Park is located on the north and south sides of the Skyway Bridge.
St. Andrews State Park is known for its sugar white sands and emerald green waters. St. Andrews State Park was a former military reservation, with over one-and-a-half miles of beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and Grand Lagoon. Great for water sports, there are two fishing piers, and two nature trails. St. Andrews State Park is located three miles east of Panama City Beach, FL.
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park is a barrier island, accessible only by boat. The island is an important nesting area for loggerhead, leatherback, and green turtles. Surf fishing, Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular activities. The preserve is a favorite for nature students interested in learning about the native flora and fauna of Florida barrier islands. St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park is located in Port Salerno, on the Intracoastal Waterway.
St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park preserves open grassy forests of longleaf pine. Home to many native plants and animals, including over 50 protected species. Photographers, bird-watchers, and nature enthusiasts can explore miles of trails on foot, bicycle, or horseback.
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park sits on the banks of the Suwannee River, this center honors the memory of American composer Stephen Foster, who wrote “Old Folks at Home,” the song that made the river famous. The museum features exhibits about Foster’s most famous songs and his music can be heard emanating from the park’s 97-bell carillon throughout the day. In Craft Square, visitors can watch demonstrations of quilting, blacksmithing, stain glass making, and other crafts. Hiking, bicycling, kayaking, canoeing, and wildlife viewing are popular activities. There are miles of trails that wind through some of the most scenic areas of North Florida. Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is located in White Springs.
Stump Pass Beach State Park offers a mile of beach where seashells and shark teeth wash up, and anglers fish the surf. Stump Pass Beach State Park is located at the south end of Manasota Key in the town of Englewood, Florida. The 245 acre park consists of three islands and the protected channels between them.
Suwannee River State Park has long mounds of earthworks built during the Civil War to guard against incursions by Union Navy gunboats. Other remnants from the past include one of the state´s oldest cemeteries, and a paddle-wheel shaft from a 19th century steamboat. There are hiking trails, ranging from a quarter mile to 18 miles. Suwannee River State Park is located 13 miles west of Live Oak, FL
Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park is home to four species of endangered pitcher plants, as well as other rare and endangered plant species. A boardwalk offers visitors a view of the beautiful Tarkiln Bayou. Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park is located 10 miles southwest of Pensacola
The Barnacle Historic State Park has a house built in 1891 with a whimsical name, The Barnacle. The Barnacle Historic State Park situated on the shore of Biscayne Bay, in Coconut Grove (Miami) was the home of Ralph Middleton Munroe, one of Coconut Grove´s most charming and influential pioneers. Today, it is one of the last remnants of the once vast Miami Hammock.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park offers 3.2 miles of secluded, white sand beaches with dunes over 25 feet tall. There are three rare coastal dune lakes with freshwater fishing. Fishing from the shoreline yields bass, bream, panfish, and catfish. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is a bird-watching and hiking paradise. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.
Torreya State Park has 13,000-acres with nature trails. The Apalachicola River Bluffs Trail, a National Recreational Trail, offers a view of the river, Confederate gun pits, bluffs and hardwood forests. The Weeping Ridge Trail provides a walk to one of the park’s deep ravines. A seven-mile loop hiking trail meanders through the park. Torreya State Park is located 13 miles north of Bristol.
Troy Springs State Park The depths of this spring contain the remains of the Civil War-era steamboat Madison, scuttled in the spring run in 1863. This 70-foot deep, first magnitude spring offers opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Trails for hiking and horseback riding are being developed. Troy Springs State Park is located 6 miles from Branford, FL
Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park is a 30784 acre park that extends along the coast between Cedar Key and Yankee Town. Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park is only accessible by boat. Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park is a favorite park of fishing because it boasts both saltwater and freshwater fishing.
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is most famous for its formal gardens, but is also famous for the unique shoreline of coquina rock formations. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park also preserves the original habitat of a northeast Florida barrier island. Washington Oaks State Gardens located near Palm Coast, Florida
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park Â”The Only City of Live Mermaids,Â” is a famous Florida attraction located in Hernando County FL. Weeki Wachee Springs State PaIS a 27-acre park that features a first magnitude spring and a 400-seat submerged theatre for watching the live mermaid show. The mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs have delighted visitors since 1947. Today, visitors can still witness the magic of the mermaids, take a river boat cruise and canoe or kayak on the Weeki Wachee River. Weeki Wachee Springs State ParkÂ’s animal shows provide an entertaining and educational look at domesticated birds and reptiles. Buccaneer Bay offers a fun-filled flume ride. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is located just north of Spring Hill and south of Homosassa Springs FL
Wekiwa Springs State Park offers a glimpse of what Central Florida looked like when Timucuan Indians fished and hunted these lands. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run. Thirteen miles of trails provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Wekiwa Springs State Park is located approximately 20 minutes North of Orlando, FL.
Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park protects four miles of pristine coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park is named in part for a 320 feet deep saltwater spring in the park. Activities include boating, fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Amenities include a half mile nature trail. Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park is located in the Port Richey area.
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park is where you can walk along eight-foot-high quarry walls to see cross sections of the ancient coral and learn about the quarry and its operation. Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park is located on Windley Key near Islamorada.
Ybor City Museum State Park This National Historic District is a historic and unique center of Tampa, Florida’s “Barrio Latino”. Explore of the historic cigar industry and the multi-cultural community which helped build the city of Tampa.
Florida National parks
Big Cypress National Preserve
Protects subtropical plant and animal life.
Biscayne National Park
Protects mangrove shoreline, and the northernmost coral reef in the US.
Canaveral National Seashore
An undeveloped barrier island, habitats for a variety of wildlife.
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
The oldest masonry fort in the U.S. First permanent settlement by Europeans.
De Soto National Memorial
Commemorates the landing of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.
Dry Tortugas National Park
Seven islands, features Fort Jefferson, the largest all masonry fortifications.
Everglades National Park
The absolutely largest subtropical wilderness in the continental US. The Florida Everglades region begins in central Florida, near Orlando FL, and ends near the Florida Keys. The Everglades National Park is located at the southern end of the peninsula.
Fort Matanzas National Monument
Spanish Fort, responsible for warning St. Augustine of British enemy approach.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Located in both Florida and Mississippi, feature beaches, forts, and nature trails.
Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve
Protects natural resources, including historic and prehistoric sites.