We’ve missed Florida State Parks during the pandemic shutdown; it’s helped us realize how much we love them. As we again return to the state parks, we’re sharing with you our eight favorite state parks — special preserves located all across Florida. Did we include your favorite?
Parks, Forests & Preserves
Several national parks in Florida are hidden treasures. In honor of National Public Lands Day Sept. 26, when national parks are free, here’s a guide to Florida’s national parks, from the famous to the obscure.
We’ve picked 12 Florida State Parks that are off-the-beaten path and less well-known. From the Keys to the Panhandle, explore these fascinating spots. Each averages fewer than 100 visitors a day.
Old-growth live oaks draped in air plants and Spanish moss dominate the 9,000-acre Highlands Hammock State Park, one of Florida’s original state parks. It offers lush nature trails, scenic bike riding and shady camping.
Last updated on August 3rd, 2020 at 04:16 pm Often overlooked, Florida’s best county parks are hidden treasures that measure up to their award-winning state-park brethren. County parks can be every bit as impressive, and some have well-managed campgrounds. Almost all are off the beaten path, known mostly by local residents, […]
One of the best places to enjoy nature is in a cabin in a Florida state park. But the cabins book up fast, so now is the time to make reservations for the winter. Our guide explains which parks have cabins, what they offer and what they cost. Of the 21 parks in Florida with cabins, we’ve stayed in 13 of them.
The most popular recreation areas in Ocala National Forest, closed during the pandemic, are beginning to reopen with the first wave starting on Monday, June 1, including campgrounds, with more coming on line Monday, June 8. Read for details.
Florida State Forests have opened off-road vehicle trails in three forest reserves as the Forest Service eases into Phase 2 of its re-opening plan. State forest campgrounds have been open for several weeks.
Florida State Parks have reopened for day use and camping with a few exceptions. Cabin rentals have been delayed until June 9. Here’s what you need to know.
Some of the best hiking near Orlando can be found at the Little Big Econ State Forest, where bluffs along a scenic river add interest. The forest is 5,000 acres preserved in a suburban area in the middle of the triangle formed by Orlando, Cocoa and Daytona Beach.