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Map of State Parks of Florida
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There are 175[1] state parks and 9 state trails in the U.S. state of Florida which encompass more than 800,000 acres (320,000 ha),[2] providing recreational opportunities for both residents and tourists.

Almost half of the state parks have an associated local 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, often styled, "Friends of {park name} State Park, Inc.".[3] In 2015, some 29,356 volunteers donated nearly 1.3 million hours to enhance the parks for approximately 31 million visitors. There is a mostly nominal admission to nearly all Florida's state parks, although separate fees are charged for the use of cabins, marinas, campsites, etc. Florida's state parks offer 3,613 family campsites, 186 cabins, thousands of picnic tables, 100 miles (160 km) of beaches, and over 2,600 miles (4,200 km) of trails.[3]

The Florida Park Service is the division of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection responsible for the operation of Florida State Parks, and won the Gold Medal honoring the best state park system in the country in 1999 and 2005 from the National Recreation and Park Association. They were also finalists in the 1997 and 2011 competitions.[4] The Park Service was awarded the gold medal again in October 2013, making it the only three-time winner.[2][5] In 2019, they received the gold medal award again, resulting in them being the first four-time winner.[6] The parks are open year-round and offer diverse activities beyond fishing, hiking and camping. Many parks offer facilities for birding or horseback riding; there are several battle reenactments; and freshwater springs and beaches are Florida's gems. According to the Florida Park Service website, their goal "is to help create a sense of place by showing park visitors the best of Florida's diverse natural and cultural sites. Florida's state parks are managed and preserved for enjoyment by this and future generations through providing appropriate resource-based recreational opportunities, interpretation and education that help visitors connect to the Real Florida."[3]

Several state parks were formerly private tourist attractions purchased by the state of Florida to preserve their natural environment. These parks include the Silver Springs State Park, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Rainbow Springs State Park, and Weeki Wachee Springs. There are state parks in 58 of Florida's 67 counties.[7] Nine of the 175 parks do not have "State Park" in their name. Four are "conservation areas" (reserve, preserve, or wildlife refuge); three are "Historical/Archaeological sites"; one is a fishing pier and one is a recreation area.[8] Seven parks are mostly undeveloped with few or no facilities; 10 parks are accessible only by private boat or ferry;[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18] and 13 parks contain National Natural Landmarks.[8] Additionally, there are eleven national parks and service sites in Florida locations[19] under control of the National Park Service.[20]

Florida State Parks are supported by tax dollars (document stamps), user fees, and to a much smaller extent charitable contributions. Some state parks have an associated local 501(c)(3) corporation. Most parks charge an entrance fee. Residents can purchase an annual entrance pass that is valid at any of the parks. Camping is available in campsites in some of the parks. All reservations for park facilities are handled through the private corporation ReserveAmerica. Florida State Parks provides an updated online guide to all parks.

Florida state parks and reserves

Note: The table of contents only applies when the list is sorted by park name.

Park Name County or Counties[21] Size[21] Year Established[21] Water Body(s)[21] Image Remarks
Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park Volusia 134.51 acres (54.43 ha) 1939 Tomoka River
Elderly man at Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park - Ormond Beach, Florida.jpg
Ruins of a 19th-century plantation owned by John Addison
Alafia River State Park Hillsborough 6,312 acres (2,556 ha) 1996 Alafia River
Alligator - Alafia Springs State Park.jpg
Former phosphorus strip mine unremediated[22]
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park Leon 1,180 acres
(478 ha)
1954 Lake Hall
07-09-30 LkHall2.JPG
Originally named Killearn Gardens State Park[23]
Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park Polk 8,065 acres (3,266 ha) 1991 unnamed ponds
A D Broussard Preserve SP parking01.jpg
Home to rare scrub habitat for wildlife
Amelia Island State Park Nassau 230 acres
(93 ha)
1983 Nassau Sound
Atlantic Ocean
Horseback riding is permitted on the beach
Anastasia State Park St. Johns 1,600 acres
(648 ha)
1949 Atlantic Ocean
Anastasia Beach.jpg
Hurricane Dora connected Anastasia Island and Conch Island in 1964
Anclote Key Preserve State Park Pasco 403 acres
(163 ha)
1997 Gulf of Mexico
Accessible only by ferry or boat[9]
Avalon State Park St. Lucie 650 acres
(263 ha)
1987 Atlantic Ocean
Ft Pierce FL Avalon SP01.jpg
Used for frogman training during World War II
Bahia Honda State Park Monroe 524 acres
(212 ha)
1961 Atlantic Ocean
Gulf of Mexico
Bahia Honda Sunset.jpg
An island in the lower Florida Keys
Bald Point State Park Franklin 4,065 acres (1,646 ha) 1999 Gulf of Mexico
Amphibious landing exercises held during World War II
The Barnacle Historic State Park Miami-Dade 5 acres
(2 ha)
1973 Biscayne Bay
Miami 229.jpg
Oldest house in Coconut Grove; built in 1891[24]
Big Lagoon State Park Escambia 705 acres
(285 ha)
1977 Big Lagoon
Pensacola FL Big Lagoon SP from obs tower06.jpg
Start of the Great Florida Birding Trail
Big Shoals State Park Hamilton 3,772 acres
(1,528 ha)
1989 Suwannee River
Largest whitewater Class III rapids in Florida
Big Talbot Island State Park Duval 1,600 acres
(648 ha)
1949 Atlantic Ocean
Unique hardpan formations-Blackrock Beach.jpg
Part of Talbot Islands State Parks
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Miami-Dade 400 acres
(162 ha)
1967 Atlantic Ocean
Bill Baggs SP beach01.jpg
Home to the Cape Florida Light on Key Biscayne
Blackwater River State Park Santa Rosa 590 acres
(239 ha)
1967 Blackwater River
FL Blackwater River SP pano01.jpg
Home to 1982 Florida Champion Atlantic white cedar tree
Blue Spring State Park Volusia 2,600 acres (1,053 ha) 1972 St. Johns River
Manatees in Blue Spring.jpg
Largest spring on the St. Johns River and a designated manatee refuge
Bulow Creek State Park Volusia 5,600 acres
(2,268 ha)
1981 Bulow Creek
Ormond Beach FL Bulow Creek SP Conrad-Oates bldg01.jpg
400-year-old Fairfield oak and 11 plantation sites
Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park Flagler 150 acres
(61 ha)
1945 Bulow Creek
Bulow Plantation Ruins HSP - Ruins.jpg
Extensive stone ruins[25]
Caladesi Island State Park Pinellas 2,450 acres
(992 ha)
1966 Gulf of Mexico
Caladesi state park canoes 01.jpg
Ferry available, 108-slip marina[17]
Camp Helen State Park Bay 185 acres
(75 ha)
1996 Lake Powell
Gulf of Mexico
PC Beach Camp Helen SP04.jpg
Day use park formerly used as private resort
Cayo Costa State Park Lee 2,426 acres
(983 ha)
1976 Gulf of Mexico
Accessible only by ferry or boat - primitive cabins[18]
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve Levy 5,028 acres
(2,036 ha)
1978 Gulf of Mexico
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve01.jpg
Very limited facilities
Cedar Key Museum State Park Levy 19 acres
(8 ha)
1960 Gulf of Mexico
Cedar Key State Museum Whitman04.JPG
The St. Clair Whitman house depicts life in Cedar Key circa 1920
Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park Charlotte 42,518 acres
(17,220 ha)
1978 Gasparilla Pass
Charlotte Harbor
Charlotte Harbor Pres SP02.jpg
Very limited facilities
Collier-Seminole State Park Collier 6,430 acres (2,604 ha) 1947 Gulf of Mexico
Collier-Seminole SP dredge pano03.jpg
National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, the Bay City Walking Dredge used to build the Tamiami Trail through the Everglades
Colt Creek State Park Polk 5,067 acres (2,052 ha) 2007 several small lakes and creeks
Colt Creek SP road01.jpg
Part of the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve
Constitution Convention Museum State Park Gulf 13 acres
(5 ha)
1956 none, but near St. Joseph Bay
Site where first Florida Constitution was drafted in 1838
Crystal River Archaeological State Park Citrus 61 acres
(25 ha)
1965 Crystal River
Crystal River Arch Park TM01.jpg
National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest continuously occupied pre-Columbian sites in Florida
Crystal River Preserve State Park Citrus 30,000 acres (12,150 ha) 2004 Crystal River
Crystal River Preserve State Park Entrance02.jpg
Rare spring-fed estuary
Curry Hammock State Park Monroe 1,000 acres
(405 ha)
1991 Atlantic Ocean
Gulf of Mexico
Marathon FL Curry Hammock SP03.jpg
Named for a Miami teacher whose family owned key land
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park Sumter 80 acres
(32 ha)
1921 none
Second Seminole War battle where 105 of 108 troops were massacred by 180 Native Americans
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park Monroe 2,421 acres
(981 ha)
1982 Atlantic Ocean
Key Largo FL Dagny Johnson Key SP path01.jpg
Park's name changed in 2001 to honor park activist
De Leon Springs State Park Volusia 600 acres
(243 ha)
1982 Crystal River
De Leon Springs State Park15.jpg
"Old Methuselah" is a 500-year-old bald cypress; previously a private park with Jungle Cruise; 19 million gallons (72 million liters) of 72 °F (22 °C) water daily
DeSoto Site Historic State Park Leon 5 acres
(2 ha)
2003 none
Tallahassee FL De Soto site01.jpg
Site of Hernando de Soto 1539 encampment and Gov. John W. Martin House
Deer Lake State Park Walton 1,995 acres
(808 ha)
1996 Gulf of Mexico
Deer Lake
Very rare freshwater lake among coastal dunes
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park Collier 166 acres
(67 ha)
1981 Cocohatchee River
Gulf of Mexico
Delnor-Wiggins SP beach01.jpg
Barrier island with white sugar sand beach
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park Alachua 67 acres
(27 ha)
1974 sinkhole pond
120-foot (36.6 m) deep, 500-foot (152.4 m) wide sinkhole accessed by 232 step stairway
Don Pedro Island State Park Charlotte 230 acres
(93 ha)
1985 Gulf of Mexico
Don Pedro Island SP land base02.jpg
Barrier island accessible only by boat or ferry[14]
Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park Broward 310 acres
(126 ha)
1973 Atlantic Ocean
Dania Beach FL John U. Lloyd SP beach south01.jpg
Formerly known as John U Loyd State Park
Dudley Farm Historic State Park Alachua 325 acres
(132 ha)
1989 none
Newberry Dudley Farm visit01.jpg
Shows agricultural development in Florida from the 1850s through the mid-1940s
Dunns Creek State Park Putnam 6,000 acres
(2,430 ha)
2001 St. Johns River
Dunns Creek
Steamboat stop during the 1920s
Econfina River State Park Taylor 4,543 acres
(1,840 ha)
1989 Econfina River
Confederate deserters camped here and assisted Union blockcade ships during the Civil War
Eden Gardens State Park Walton 163 acres
(66 ha)
1968 Tucker Bayou
Restored plantation house with Louis XVI style furniture
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Wakulla 6,000 acres
(2,430 ha)
1968 Wakulla River
One of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world
Egmont Key State Park Hillsborough 328 acres
(133 ha)
1974 Tampa Bay
Egmont Key04.jpg
The ruins of Fort Dade and Egmont Key Light are inside the park
Estero Bay Preserve State Park Lee 10,000 acres (4,050 ha) 1974 Estero Bay
The first aquatic nature preserve established in Florida
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Collier 75,000 acres (30,375 ha) 1975 none
Part of the Big Cypress National Preserve in the Everglades
Falling Waters State Park Washington 171 acres
(69 ha)
1962 2-acre pond
Contains a 73-foot (22.3 m) waterfall, tallest in Florida
Fanning Springs State Park Gilchrist 1,427 acres
(578 ha)
1997 Fanning Springs
Suwannee River
Fanning Springs Park springs01.jpg
A first magnitude spring purchased by the state in 1993
Faver-Dykes State Park St. Johns 6,045 acres (2,448 ha) 1950 Pellicer Creek
Faver-Dykes State Park - boat launch.jpg
A wilderness area
Florida Caverns State Park Jackson 1,300 acres
(527 ha)
1942 Chipola River
The only Florida state park with public cave tours
Forest Capital Museum State Park Taylor 14 acres
(6 ha)
1967 none
Forest Capital Museum SP cracker01d.jpg
Includes a late 1800s Florida cracker homestead
Fort Clinch State Park Nassau 1,427 acres
(578 ha)
1935 Amelia River
Construction of Fort Clinch began in 1847
Fort Cooper State Park Citrus 710 acres
(287 ha)
1977 Lake Holathlikaha
Fort Cooper Inverness road01.jpg
On the Withlacoochee State Trail
Fort Foster State Historic Site Hillsborough 30 acres
(12 ha)
1935 none
Fort Foster 4.jpg
Part of Hillsborough River State Park; replica fort built in 1972
Fort George Island Cultural State Park Duval 1,600 acres
(648 ha)
1949 Atlantic Ocean
Fort George Island tabby ruins01.jpg
Hurricane Dora connected Anastasia Island and Conch Island in 1964
Fort Mose Historic State Park St. Johns 24 acres
(10 ha)
2005 none
St Aug Fort Mose01.jpg
National Historic Landmark originally known as Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mosé
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park St. Lucie 340 acres
(138 ha)
1973 Tucker Cove
Atlantic Ocean
Ft Pierce FL Fort Pierce Inlet SP beach02.jpg
Used for frogman training during World War II
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park Monroe 87 acres
(35 ha)
1974 Straits of Florida
Pre-civil war fort abandoned, restoration began in the late 1960s by volunteers
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park Okaloosa 357 acres
(145 ha)
1966 Rocky Bayou
Named in honor of United States Air Force Colonel who preserved site
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail Alachua 16 miles
(26 km)
1989 Boulware Springs
Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail east end02.jpg
Passes through Paynes Prairie
Gamble Plantation Historic State Park Manatee 87 acres
(35 ha)
1927 Manatee River
Gamble Plantation SP mansion01.jpg
Sole surviving antebellum mansion in south Florida, once a 3,500-acre (1,416 ha) sugarcane plantation
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach Flagler 144 acres
(58 ha)
1961 Atlantic Ocean
FL Gamble Rogers SRA east side beach01.jpg
Renamed from Flagler Beach State Recreation Area in 1992
Gasparilla Island State Park Charlotte
128 acres
(52 ha)
1983 Charlotte Harbor
Gasparilla Island SP beach03.jpg
Gasparilla Island Lights were lit in 1890
George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier Duval 8,000 ft
(2,440 m)
1999 Nassau Sound
Atlantic Ocean
George Crady Bridge SP02.jpg
Pedestrian-only fishing bridge
Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park Gilchrist 407 acres
(165 ha)
2017 Santa Fe River
Gilchrist Blue Spring (Gilchrist County, FL) (1912370232).jpg
Several springs in the park, including a second magnitude spring with 44 million gallons (167 million liters) per day.
Grayton Beach State Park Walton 2,200 acres
(891 ha)
1968 Western Lake
Gulf of Mexico
Grayton beach.jpg
Popular pristine beach offers cabins & camping, boating, fishing and trails
Henderson Beach State Park Okaloosa 222 acres
(90 ha)
1983 Gulf of Mexico
U.S. Air Force Clausen Tracking site until 1951
Highlands Hammock State Park Highlands 9,000 acres
(3,640 ha)
1931 none
One of the highest ranking parks in Florida for endemic biodiversity
Hillsborough River State Park Hillsborough 3,383 acres
(1,370 ha)
1935 Hillsborough River
Hillsboro River.JPG
Fort Foster is inside the park
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park Citrus 210 acres
(85 ha)
1984 Homosassa River
Home to numerous manatees
Honeymoon Island State Park Pinellas 2,785 acres
(1,128 ha)
1975 Gulf of Mexico
Honeymoon Island State Park (Image 1).jpg
Easily accessible by bridge from Dunedin
Hontoon Island State Park Volusia
1,648 acres
(667 ha)
1960 St. Johns River
Hontoon Dead River
Hontoon Island State Park St. Johns River.JPG
Accessible only by ferry or boat[10]
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Broward 180 acres
(73 ha)
1941 Atlantic Ocean
Ft Laud FL Hugh Taylor Birch SP04.jpg
Park is in the middle of urban Fort Lauderdale
Ichetucknee Springs State Park Columbia 2,241 acres
(908 ha)
1972 Ichetucknee River
Ichetucknee Springs SP north springs02.jpg
Drift tubing and certified cave diving
Indian Key Historic State Park Monroe 10 acres
(4 ha)
1972 Atlantic Ocean
Indian Key.jpg
First county seat for Dade County; accessible only by boat[11]
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Palm Beach 325 acres
(132 ha)
1989 Lake Worth
Atlantic Ocean
North PB FL MacArthur Beach SP beach east01.jpg
A gift from John D. MacArthur to the people of Florida
John Gorrie Museum State Park Franklin 1 acres
(0 ha)
1958 none
Physician John Gorrie patented the first mechanical refrigeration process (air conditioning)
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Monroe 53,000 acres
(21,465 ha)
1963 Atlantic Ocean
First underwater park in the United States
Jonathan Dickinson State Park Martin 11,500 acres
(4,658 ha)
1950 Loxahatchee River
Two Bucks.jpg
Formerly a top-secret radar training school during WWII; now hosts the Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education & Research Center
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park Okeechobee 54,000 acres (21,870 ha) 1997 none
Kissimmee Prairie PSP01.jpg
The U.S. Army used the land to train B-17 bomber crews during World War II
Koreshan State Historic Site Lee 135 acres
(55 ha)
1983 Estero River
Koreshan SHS planetary court02.jpg
Home of the Koreshan Unity group
Lafayette Blue Springs State Park Lafayette 702 acres
(284 ha)
2005 Suwannee River
Lafayette Blue Springs State Park (Lafayette County,FL).jpg
First magnitude spring with 168 million gallons (636 million liters) per day
Lake Griffin State Park Lake 578 acres
(234 ha)
1968 Dead River
Oklawaha River
Connects Oklawaha to Lake Griffin
Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park Leon 100 acres
(41 ha)
1966 St. Marks River
Tallahassee FL Lake Jackson Mounds SP mound02a.jpg
Fort Walton Culture capital from 1050 to 1500
Lake June in Winter Scrub State Park Highlands 845 acres
(342 ha)
1995 Lake June in Winter
Lake June in Winter Scrub SP lake pano01.jpg
Limited facilities; still under development
Lake Kissimmee State Park Polk 5,930 acres (2,402 ha) 1977 Lake Kissimmee
Sandhill cranes at Lake Kissimmee State Park.jpg
The 1876 Cow Camp is a living history site with Cracker Cowboys
Lake Louisa State Park Lake 4,372 acres (1,771 ha) 1974 Lake Louisa
Lake Louisa State Park.jpg
Park includes the Green Swamp and six lakes
Lake Manatee State Park Manatee 556 acres
(225 ha)
1970 Lake Manatee
Lake Manatee SP lake pano01.jpg
60-site campground was opened in 1986
Lake Talquin State Park Leon
526 acres
(213 ha)
1971 Lake Talquin
Lake Talquin is a 10,000 acre (4,047 ha) reservoir created by the Jackson Bluff Dam on the Ochlockonee River
Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park Jefferson 188 acres
(76 ha)
1998 Lake Miccosukee
Letchworth Mounds01.jpg
Site of the tallest prehistoric, Native American ceremonial earthwork mound in Florida
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Monroe 10,481 acres
(4,245 ha)
1971 Florida Bay
Gulf of Mexico
Access via private boat or tour boat; daily visitors are limited[12]
Little Manatee River State Park Hillsborough 2,433 acres
(985 ha)
1974 Little Manatee River
Little Manatee River SP river01.jpg
Park includes equestrian trails and campsites
Little Talbot Island State Park Duval 1,600 acres
(648 ha)
1949 Atlantic Ocean
Little Talbot Island - Myrtle Creek.jpg
Part of Talbot Islands State Parks
Long Key State Park Monroe 965 acres
(391 ha)
1969 Atlantic Ocean
Long Key.jpg
Grand resort was destroyed by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935
Lovers Key State Park Lee 712 acres
(288 ha)
1983 Gulf of Mexico
Fort Myers Beach FL Lovers Key SP north01.jpg
Lovers Key State Park merged with Carl Johnson County Park in 1996
Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park Lake
17,405 acres
(7,049 ha)
1976 Wekiva River
St. Johns River
Lower Wekiwa River Preserve SP02.jpg
Wildlife corridor to the Ocala National Forest
Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site Manatee 10 acres
(4 ha)
1970 Tampa Bay
Terra Ceia FL Madira Bickel SP01.jpg
Named for the owners who donated it to the state in 1948
Madison Blue Spring State Park Madison 1 acres
(1 ha)
2000 Withlacoochee River
Madison Blue Springs SP spring01.jpg
First magnitude spring
Manatee Springs State Park Levy 2,443 acres
(989 ha)
1949 Manatee Springs
Manatee Springs State Park Florida springs05.jpg
First magnitude spring
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park Alachua 99 acres
(40 ha)
1970 none
1930s farm and citrus orchard
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Clay 2,000 acres
(810 ha)
1935 Little Lake Johnson
Gold Head Branch SP ravine02.jpg
Hiking and Equestrian trails
Mound Key Archaeological State Park Lee 113 acres
(46 ha)
1970 Estero Bay
Accessible only by boat - no facilities[13]
Myakka River State Park Sarasota
37,000 acres
(14,985 ha)
1941 Myakka River
Upper Myakka Lake
Land partly donated by Bertha Palmer, pioneer farmer, rancher & developer
Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park Leon 113 acres
(46 ha)
1949 St. Marks River
Natural Bridge Monument.jpg
Site of the second largest Civil War battle in Florida
North Peninsula State Park Volusia 534 acres
(216 ha)
1984 Atlantic Ocean
Metal pieces from the wreck of the North Western, which sank prior to World War II, have emerged on the beach
Okeechobee Battlefield State Park Okeechobee 211 acres
(85 ha)
2007 Lake Okeechobee
Okeechobee FL Battlefield01.jpg
Battle site during the Second Seminole War
O'Leno State Park Columbia 6,000 acres
(2,430 ha)
1940 Santa Fe River
OLeno SP - Footbridge.jpg
Many facilities built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s
Ochlockonee River State Park Wakulla 392 acres
(159 ha)
1970 Ochlockonee River
Dead River
Ochlockonee River SP river02.jpg
Many older trees show scars from turpentine industry
Oleta River State Park Miami-Dade 1,043 acres
(422 ha)
1986 Oleta River
Biscayne Bay
Beach at Oleta River State Park.jpg
Park has high numbers of the invasive species Casuarina (Australian pine)
Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park Baker 43 acres
(17 ha)
1949 none
First State Historic Monument in 1909
Orman House Historic State Park Franklin 1 acres
(1 ha)
2001 Apalachicola River
Apalachicola Orman House07.jpg
House built in 1838
Oscar Scherer State Park Sarasota 1,400 acres
(567 ha)
1956 South Creek
Lake Osprey
Major habitat of the Florida Scrub Jay
Paynes Creek Historic State Park Hardee 410 acres
(166 ha)
1981 Paynes Creek
Paynes Creek SP pano01.jpg
Site of Fort Chokonikla and the Kennedy-Darling trading post during the Seminole Wars
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Alachua 21,000 acres
(8,505 ha)
1971 Lake Wauburg
Savanna formerly occupied by Seminole Indians
Perdido Key State Park Escambia 290 acres
(117 ha)
1978 Gulf of Mexico
Pensacola FL Perdido Key SP access02.jpg
A barrier island
Price's Scrub State Park Marion 962.28 acres
(389.42 ha)
2002 Sinkhole lakes
Price’s Scrub State Park - Pine Flatwoods near trailhead.jpg
Contains woodland, marsh, scrub, scrubby flatwoods, and sinkhole lakes
Ponce de Leon Springs State Park Holmes 420 acres
(170 ha)
1970 Mill Creek
Sandy Creek
Ponce De Leon SP06.jpg
14 million gallons (53 million liters) of 68 °F (20 °C) water outflow daily
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park Duval 3,896 acres
(1,578 ha)
2003 Atlantic Ocean
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve SP entr01.jpg
Part of Talbot Islands State Parks
Rainbow Springs State Park Marion 1,472 acres
(596 ha)
1990 Rainbow River
Rainbow spgs florida.JPG
600 million gallons (2.3 billion liters) of 68 °F (20 °C) water outflow daily
Ravine Gardens State Park Putnam 59 acres
(24 ha)
1934 St. Johns River
Gardens built by Works Progress Administration in 1933
River Rise Preserve State Park Columbia 4,500 acres
(1,823 ha)
1974 Santa Fe River
Location where Santa Fe River reemerges after 3 miles (4.8 km) underground
Rock Springs Run State Reserve Lake 14,150 acres
(5,731 ha)
1983 Wekiva River
Rock Springs Run Preserve SP01.jpg
Joins Wekiwa Spring run to create the Wekiva River
Royal Palm State Park Miami-Dade 4,000 acres
(1,620 ha)
1916 Everglades
RPSP Dedication.png
Became the nucleus of Everglades National Park in 1934
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park Alachua 7,360 acres
(2,981 ha)
1974 small water bodies
San Felasco Hammock entr01.jpg
A mature Florida forest and wildlife habitat with hiking, biking, and horse trails
San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park Wakulla 17 acres
(7 ha)
1964 Wakulla River
St. Marks River
History of this national landmark dates to 1528
San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park Monroe 644 acres
(261 ha)
1989 Atlantic Ocean
Dutch-built ship sank in a hurricane on July 13, 1733
Savannas Preserve State Park St. Lucie
6,000 acres
(2,430 ha)
1977 Indian River
Jensen Beach FL Savannas Preserve SP01.jpg
Area around Jensen Beach was known as the "Pineapple Capital of the World" from 1895 to 1920
Seabranch Preserve State Park Martin 7,360 acres
(2,981 ha)
1992 Indian River lagoon
Four different natural habitats within short distance
Sebastian Inlet State Park Brevard
Indian River
755 acres
(306 ha)
1970 Sebastian Inlet
Park never closes; second most visited Florida park
Silver Springs State Park Marion 5,000 acres
(2,025 ha)
1987 Silver River
Ocala Silver River Park - River01.jpg
The headspring area was the focal point of Silver Springs Nature Theme Park, a now-defunct commercial attraction
Skyway Fishing Pier State Park Hillsborough
26,000 ft
(10,530 m)
1994 Tampa Bay
Sunshine skyway pier 01.jpg
Utilizes approaches to old Sunshine Skyway Bridge, following the 1980 collision by MV Summit Venture and construction of a new bridge
St. Andrews State Park Bay 1,200 acres
(486 ha)
1950 Gulf of Mexico
Grand Lagoon
PC St Andrews SP GofM06.jpg
Named "America's Best Beach" in 1995
St. George Island State Park Franklin 1,962 acres
(795 ha)
1963 Gulf of Mexico
PC St George Island SP07.jpg
Named "6th Best Beach in America" for 2011 after Hurricane Dennis destroyed the facilities in 2005
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park Martin 928 acres
(376 ha)
1965 Atlantic Ocean
Barrier island accessible only by boat[15]
St. Marks River Preserve State Park Leon 2,589 acres
(1,049 ha)
2007 St. Marks River
St Marks River SP05.jpg
The St. Marks River flows from the wetlands east of Tallahassee to the Gulf of Mexico
St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park Brevard
Indian River
22,000 acres
(8,910 ha)
1995 St. Sebastian River
St. Sebastian River Pres SP FL SE area01.jpg
The Hernández–Capron Trail was built to link St. Augustine with Fort Pierce during the Second Seminole War
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park Hamilton 800 acres
(324 ha)
1950 Suwannee River Carillon tower with 97 tubular bells plays Foster's songs every day
Stump Pass Beach State Park Charlotte 245 acres
(99 ha)
1971 Gulf of Mexico
Stump Pass Beach SP beach02.jpg
Day park consisting of three islands offer swimming and boating, shelling and hiking, fishing and diving
Suwannee River State Park Suwannee 1,800 acres
(729 ha)
1951 Suwannee River
Withlacoochee River
The 1860 Columbus Cemetery, pieces from an 1800s sawmill, and Civil War earthworks are points of interest
T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park Gulf 1,900 acres
(770 ha)
1967 Gulf of Mexico
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Dedicated to the former owner, who sold it to the U.S. Army in World War II
Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park Escambia 4,290 acres
(1,737 ha)
1998 Perdido Bay
Pensacola FL Tarkiln Bayou SP Claire bdwlk06.jpg
Limited facilities; nature trails, picnic tables and a bathroom
Terra Ceia Preserve State Park Manatee 1,932 acres
(783 ha)
2000? Tampa Bay
Land acquired by the state and Southwest Florida Water Management District
Three Rivers State Park Jackson 686 acres
(278 ha)
1955 Chattahoochee River; Flint River
Lake Seminole
The 1947 Jim Woodruff Dam created Lake Seminole; the outflow is the Apalachicola River
Tomoka State Park Volusia 1,800 acres
(729 ha)
1945 Tomoka River
Urban park completely surrounded by development
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Walton 1,643 acres
(665 ha)
1992 Gulf of Mexico
Site of munitions testing range during World War II
Torreya State Park Liberty 13,737 acres
(5,563 ha)
1935 Apalachicola River
Park named after the endangered Torreya tree
Troy Spring State Park Suwannee
84 acres
(34 ha)
1995 Suwannee River
First magnitude spring; the Civil War steamboat "Madison" was scuttled there in 1863
Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park Levy 30,784 acres (12,468 ha) 2005 Gulf of Mexico
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Accessible only by boat; no recreational facilities[16]
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park Flagler 21 acres
(9 ha)
1964 Atlantic Ocean
Washington Oaks State Gardens.jpg
Park has formal gardens, citrus groves and house
Weeki Wachee Springs Hernando 538 acres
(218 ha)
2008 Weeki Wachee River
Weeki Wachee River July 2013.jpg
The headspring area features underwater performances by female dancers in mermaid costumes
Wekiwa Springs State Park Orange 7,723 acres (3,128 ha) 1969 Wekiva River
Wekiwa Run.jpg
42 million gallons (159 million liters) of 72 °F (22 °C) water outflow daily
Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park Pasco 3,400 acres (1,377 ha) 2001 Gulf of Mexico
Named for the Werner-Boyce Preserve purchased by Pasco County in 1994; undeveloped
Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park Suwannee 733 acres
(297 ha)
1986 Suwannee River
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28,000 feet (8,534 m) of explored passageways make it one of the largest locations for cave diving in the U.S.
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Monroe 32 acres
(13 ha)
1986 Atlantic Ocean
Quary provided Keystone (limestone) for the Overseas Railroad in 1908
Ybor City Museum State Park Hillsborough 1 acre
(0 ha)
1976 none
Tampa Ybor City Museum01.jpg
Shows the history of Tampa's cigar industry and Latin influence
Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park Duval 1,600 acres
(648 ha)
1949 Atlantic Ocean
Confederate camp constructed during the American Civil War
Yellow River Marsh Preserve State Park Santa Rosa 11,000 acres
(4,455 ha)
2000 Yellow River
One of Florida's last remaining tracts of wet prairie; no recreation facilities
Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park Citrus 6 acres
(2 ha)
1953 Homosassa River
Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins01.jpg
Senator David Levy Yulee built the mill on his 5,100-acre (2,064 ha) plantation, Margarita, in 1851

See also


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  5. ^ Florida State Parks wins third gold medal in parks and recreation management,, October 10, 2013
  6. ^ "2019 Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Announced | National Recreation and Park Association". 24 September 2019. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
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  14. ^ a b "Don Pedro Island State Park". State of Florida. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  15. ^ a b "St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park". State of Florida. Archived from the original on 28 June 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  16. ^ a b "Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park". State of Florida. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
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  19. ^ "11 National Parks In Florida You Can Visit On Your Next Road Trip". Fort Lauderdale Daily. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
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