BOYNTON BEACH — About 260 species of birds and waterfowl find their way here throughout the year, and you can find them by hiking, biking or paddling the canoe trail.
Parks, Forests & Preserves
It’s rare in Florida to find a loop trail for kayaks and this one, with three lakes, two creeks and a canal, is a challenge. The 11-mile trail circles the state park.
This 22,000-acre wilderness offers 60 miles of trails for hiking, biking and equestrians through five thriving wildlife habitats. Six primitive campsites allow you to get away from everything, or camp near the preserve in a little-used county campground with river access.
By mid- October, days have cooled a bit in Sarasota, making it an ideal time to explore a lesser known state park — Oscar Scherer State Park. What makes it special? The vast array of things to do in a very scenic setting. It has excellent kayaking, camping and this is the best place to spot the rare scrub blue jay
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There’s not much going on in Lake George State Forest, making it an ideal getaway for a few days of solitude along the St. John’s River.
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.
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.