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
Here are 2021 free days in national parks plus other groups that get free admission. Recently, the park service announced that U.S. veterans get free admission as well as families with 4th and 5th grade kids. And if you’re 62 or older, consider the senior pass. It’s a great deal.
Backcountry camping permits can now be reserved online. Meantime, Veterans and Gold Star Families no longer have to pay entrance fees to national parks.
Anastasia State Park is a stone’s throw from historic St. Augustine and offers 139 cozy campsites on a four-mile-long pristine beach that shimmers in the Florida sun.
Autumn doesn’t bring a lot of color to the Sunshine State, but that’s only part of the fall story. We revel in “cool” fronts that drive the humidity away.
Ocala National Forest features more than a dozen developed campgrounds and two state parks you can use as a base to explore more than 600 square miles of wilderness.
Ocala National Forest covers more than 600 square miles of Central Florida, and all of it is open to dispersed, primitive camping.
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, […]