Articles and photos about unique Florida state parks, national parks and wildlife refuges, state and national forests, featuring unique opportunities for outdoor recreation, including camping, RV camping, fishing, paddling, hiking, biking, bicycling and beaches.
Parks & Forests
Florida State Park’s “Summer 2018 Photo Contest” received 2,716 entries submitted between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2018.
Budget-minded travelers would be wise to take advantage of free days at national park, especially Everglades National Park, whose entrance fee is going up again in 2019. Here are free days in 2019.
When the weather breaks, Floridians come out of the air conditioning and flock to campgrounds before the snowbird invasion. Our choices for fall camping include four picks on the Florida-Georgia line, four in Central Florida and four more in South Florida.
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.
By doubling the size of its campground, this oceanfront state park in Flagler Beach has expanded its reach — and its appeal.
Encompassing more than 600 square miles in North Central Florida, Ocala National Forest is bursting with adventure. Hike the Florida Trail, camp in the deep woods, spend a lazy day at a cool, bubbling spring, ride the equestrian trails, paddle a spring run, a lake or a river.
O’Leno State Park is a Florida treasure with a scenic campground at the heart of two state parks that will take your breath away. It is here that the Santa Fe River vanishes, only to re-appear 3.5 miles later to meander many paddle-loving miles to its merger with the Suwannee River.
MacArthur Beach is one of South Florida’s treasures: Nearly two miles of natural, dune-lined beach with rock outcroppings and a reef that makes it a great snorkeling site.