Parks & Forests

Fort Clinch: Worth a drive to explore Amelia Island park with all sorts of fun

Fort Clinch: Worth a drive to explore Amelia Island park with all sorts of fun

This state park is so worth a drive to explore. It would take days to experience it all – a beautiful beach, an extra-long fishing pier, a well-preserved Civil War fort, hiking, wildlife, great camping.

Lake Kissimmee State Park Cow Camp fire

Lake Kissimmee State Park: Where Old Florida lives on

This large state park in a rural, out-of-the-way part of Central Florida, preserves Old Florida cracker history. It offers great hiking trails and camping plus lakes to explore by kayak or canoe. Wildlife, from deer to alligators to sandhill cranes to eagles, is abundant.

Family snorkels the Mandalay shipwreck

Snorkel a shipwreck at Biscayne National Park

The Mandalay shipwreck rests in 12 feet of aquarium-clear water and is home to a coral reef and thousands of colorful fish. Now Biscayne National Park is offering ranger-led snorkel tours of the wreck and other shipwrecks in the park every other Saturday.

Tiger Bay State Forest offers escape from the “roar of the engines”

Tiger Bay State Forest offers escape from the “roar of the engines”

DAYTONA BEACH — Tiger Bay State Forest is a vast wilderness quite close to Daytona Beach International Speedway, and it’s a great destination for camping, fishing, off-road bike riding, hiking and horseback riding.

Florida ‘low country’ found at Faver-Dykes State Park

Florida ‘low country’ found at Faver-Dykes State Park

Faver-Dykes State Park offers excellent access to the Pellicer Creek Paddling Trail, productive fishing and woodsy camping for small RV’s and tent campers. Just 15 miles from St. Augustine, the park is a gateway to history.

Debby aftermath: Florida State Park closings

As we head into this pre-holiday weekend, 22 Florida state parks are closed or partially closed due to flooding in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Debby. Here’s a list of the parks and their status.

Primitive camp

Great Escape: Primitive camping in Ocala National Forest

Ocala National Forest has hundreds of trails where you can backpack into 600 square miles of wilderness and pound your tent stake into the ground.

Paddling away from campsite

Camping near Tampa Bay: Fort Desoto

This public park is spread over 900 acres on five interconnected islands with seven miles of waterfront, including three miles of award-winning beaches .Nearly half of the 233 campsites in the campground are waterfront, allowing you to launch your kayak or canoe from your site.