Florida State Parks

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Florida has state parks on beautiful beaches, surrounding crystal clear springs, on ancient rivers, and in deep forests. You can visit a Florida State Park for the day or in many cases camp overnight.

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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park - Key Biscayne

Miami

Minutes from downtown Miami located on Key Biscayne, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park has been rated one of the top 10 beaches in the US.

Hillsborough River State Park

Thonotosassa

Hillsborough River State Park takes you back in history with Fort Foster built in the early 1800’s.  You can go canoeing down the rapids on the river, fish for bass in the river, and swim in the pool.  A great place for camping with family or groups.

Alfred Maclay Gardens State Park

Tallahassee

This beautiful ornamental garden was first planted in 1923 by Alfred and Louise Maclay on their winter property.  The Alfred Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee features a brick walkway, secret garden, reflection pool, and hundreds of dogwoods, azaleas, and camellias.

Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park

Tallahassee

The Lake Jackson Mounds site was once a large ceremonial center dating back to the Fort Walton period of Florida’s history (1200-1500 A.D.).  Located in Tallahassee Florida, the entire complex has six earth temple mounds, part of the village, and trading area.  The age of the Indian Mounds and area was determined by pottery, stone tools, and the shape of the mounds.  It is believed they traded with Indians in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.

George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park

Jacksonville

George Crady Fishing Pier is a mile long, pedestrian only fishing bridge located northeast of Jacksonville along the Nassau Sound.  Its location make this fishing pier one of the best fishing spots in Florida. Fishermen catch a variety of fish including whiting, jacks, drum, and tarpon. The fishing bridge is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. 

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

Gainesville

Gainesville Hawthorne Trail State Park is a 16 mile trail from the City of Gainesville’s Boulware Springs Park through the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and the Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area. The recreational trail is designed for walking, cycling, and horseback riding. 

Avalon State Park

Fort Pierce

A mile plus of beautiful Atlantic beachfront and the Indian River Lagoon on the west, Avalon State Park in Ft Pierce Florida offers a pristine natural setting for swimming, water activities, and wildlife watching.

Anastasia State Park

St Augustine

The Anastasia State Park in St Augustine Florida is open 365 days from 8 am until sunset.  Miles and miles of beautiful beach offers plenty of water sports and activities like swimming, surfing, kayaking, and fishing.  Park roads offer miles of bicycle riding while the camp ground area has facilities with hot showers.

Talbot Islands State Parks

Jacksonville

The Talbot Islands State Parks include 7 parks in the Jacksonville and Fernadina Beach areas of Florida.  The series of islands and parks include: Little Talbot Island, Big Talbot Island, Amelia Island, Fort George Island, Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve, Yellow Bluff Fort, and George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier.  The state park is open 365 days a year from 8 am to sunset.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park - Hobe Sound

Jonathan Dickinson State Park is an 11,500 acre park located in Hobe Sound Florida in Martin County.  The park is located between Stuart and Jupiter Florida.  It is named for Jonathan Dickinson, a Quaker merchant whose vessel shipwrecked nearby in 1696.  The park hours are 8 am until sunset and is open 365 days a year.

Lake Manatee State Park - Bradenton

Lake Manatee State Park runs along 3 miles of shore line on the lake with fishing, boating, and camping along with great facilities like restrooms, showers, boat ramp, and picnicking areas.  The state park located in Bradenton Florida is open 365 days a year, from 8 a.m. until sunset.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Key Largo

On Key Largo in the Florida Keys at Mile Marker 102.5, you’ll find the award winning John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.  Home to the only living coral reef in the United States, the reef begins in Miami and stretches 221 miles down the Keys to the Dry Tortugas near Key West.

It is the third largest living coral reef in the world.  You can enjoy year round swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving at the John Pennekamp state park.

Dudley Farm State Park

Gainesville

The Dudley Farm Historic State Park is a great way to spend the day outdoors in Newberry Florida near Gainesville. The 19th century Florida farm was an authentic working farm from about 1880 to 1930 where syrup was still produced from sugar cane. The Dudley Farm is a 325 acre park with a working sugar cane shack, animals including mules, draft horses, and plymouth barred rock chickens.