List of Florida state parks

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There are 161[1] state parks and 10 state trails in the U.S. state of Florida which encompass more than 800,000 acres (320,000 ha),[2] providing recreational opportunities for both residents and tourists. Almost half of the state parks have an associated local 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, often styled, "Friends of {park name} State Park, Inc.".[3] In 2010, some 7,245 volunteers donated nearly 1.3 million hours to enhance the parks for approximately 20 million visitors. For fiscal year 2012-13, volunteers increased to 27,000, and visitors rose to 25.2 million.[2] There is a mostly nominal admission to nearly all Florida's state parks, although separate fees are charged for the use of cabins, marinas, campsites, etc. Florida's state parks offer 3,454 family campsites, 235 cabins, thousands of picnic tables, 100 miles (160 km) of beaches, and over 1,625 miles (2,616 km) of trails.[3]

The Florida Park Service is the division of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection responsible for the operation of Florida State Parks, and won the Gold Medal honoring the best state park system in the country in 1999 and 2005 from the National Recreation and Park Association. They were also finalists in the 1997 and 2011 competitions.[4] The Park Service was awarded the gold medal again in October 2013, making it the only three-time winner.[2][5] The parks are open year-round and offer diverse activities beyond fishing, hiking and camping. Many parks offer facilities for birding or horseback riding; there are several battle reenactments; and freshwater springs and beaches are Florida's gems. According to the Florida Park Service website, their goal "is to help create a sense of place by showing park visitors the best of Florida's diverse natural and cultural sites. Florida's state parks are managed and preserved for enjoyment by this and future generations through providing appropriate resource-based recreational opportunities, interpretation and education that help visitors connect to the Real Florida."[3]

two green signs with yellow border and lettering about Florida State Parks

Several state parks were formerly private tourist attractions purchased by the state of Florida to preserve their natural environment. These parks include the Silver Springs State Park, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Rainbow Springs State Park and Weeki Wachee Springs. There are state parks in 58 of Florida's 67 counties.[6] Nine of the 161 parks do not have "State Park" in their name. Four are "conservation areas" (reserve, preserve, or wildlife refuge); three are "Historical/Archaeological sites"; one is a fishing pier and one is a recreation area.[7] Seven parks are mostly undeveloped with few or no facilities; 10 parks are accessible only by private boat or ferry;[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17] and 13 parks contain National Natural Landmarks.[7] Additionally, there are eleven national parks in Florida locations under control of the National Park Service.[18]

Florida state parks and reserves[edit]

Note: The table of contents only applies when the list is sorted by park name.

Park NameCounty[19]Size[19]Year[19]Water Body(s)[19]PhotoRemarks
Alafia River State ParkHillsborough6,312 acres (2,556 ha)1996Alafia RiverAlligator - Alafia Springs State Park.jpgFormer phosphorus strip mine unremediated[20]
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State ParkLeon1,180 acres
(478 ha)
1954Lake Hall07-09-30 LkHall2.JPGOriginally named Killearn Gardens State Park[21]
Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State ParkPolk8,065 acres (3,266 ha)1991unnamed pondsA D Broussard Preserve SP parking01.jpgHome to rare scrub habitat for wildlife
Amelia Island State ParkNassau230 acres
(93 ha)
1983Nassau Sound
Atlantic Ocean
AmeliaIslandAerial.jpgHorseback riding is permitted on the beach
Anastasia State ParkSt. Johns1,600 acres
(648 ha)
1949Atlantic OceanAnastasia Beach.jpgHurricane Dora connected Anastasia Island and Conch Island in 1964
Anclote Key Preserve State ParkPasco403 acres
(163 ha)
1997Gulf of MexicoAncloteislandlh.JPGAccessible only by ferry or boat[8]
Avalon State ParkSt. Lucie650 acres
(263 ha)
1987Atlantic OceanFt Pierce FL Avalon SP01.jpgUsed for Frogman training during World War II
Bahia Honda State ParkMonroe524 acres
(212 ha)
1961Atlantic Ocean
Gulf of Mexico
Bahia Honda Sunset.jpgAn island in the lower Florida Keys
Bald Point State ParkWakulla4,065 acres (1,646 ha)1999Gulf of MexicoBaldPointStateParkDock.jpgAmphibious landing exercises held during World War II
The Barnacle Historic State ParkMiami-Dade5 acres
(2 ha)
1973Biscayne BayMiami 229.jpgOldest house in Coconut Grove; built in 1891[22]
Big Lagoon State ParkEscambia705 acres
(285 ha)
1977Big LagoonPensacola FL Big Lagoon SP from obs tower06.jpgStart of the Great Florida Birding Trail
Big Shoals State ParkHamilton3,772 acres
(1,528 ha)
1989Suwannee RiverBigShoalsRapids.jpgLargest whitewater Class III rapids in Florida
Big Talbot Island State ParkDuval1,600 acres
(648 ha)
1949Atlantic OceanUnique hardpan formations-Blackrock Beach.jpgPart of Talbot Islands State Parks
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State ParkMiami-Dade400 acres
(162 ha)
1967Atlantic OceanBill Baggs SP beach01.jpgHome to the Cape Florida Light on Key Biscayne
Blackwater River State ParkSanta Rosa590 acres
(239 ha)
1967Blackwater RiverFL Blackwater River SP pano01.jpgHome to 1982 Florida Champion Atlantic white cedar tree
Blue Spring State ParkVolusia2,600 acres (1,053 ha)1972St. Johns RiverManatees in Blue Spring.jpgLargest spring on the St. Johns River and a designated Manatee Refuge
Bulow Creek State ParkVolusia5,600 acres
(2,268 ha)
1981Bulow CreekOrmond Beach FL Bulow Creek SP Conrad-Oates bldg01.jpg400-year old Fairfield oak and 11 plantation sites
Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State ParkVolusia150 acres
(61 ha)
1945Bulow CreekBulow Plantation Ruins HSP - Ruins.jpgExtensive stone ruins[23]
Caladesi Island State ParkPinellas2,450 acres
(992 ha)
1966Gulf of MexicoCaladesi state park canoes 01.jpgAccessible only by ferry or boat; 108 slip marina[16]
Camp Helen State ParkBay185 acres
(75 ha)
1996Lake Powell
Gulf of Mexico
PC Beach Camp Helen SP04.jpgDay use park formerly used as private resort
Cayo Costa State ParkLee2,426 acres
(983 ha)
1976Gulf of MexicoCayoCostaStatePark.jpgAccessible only by ferry or boat - primitive cabins[17]
Cedar Key Scrub State ReserveLevy5,028 acres
(2,036 ha)
1978Gulf of MexicoCedar Key Scrub State Reserve01.jpgVery limited facilities
Cedar Key Museum State ParkLevy19 acres
(8 ha)
1960Gulf of MexicoCedar Key State Museum Whitman04.JPGThe St. Clair Whitman house depicts life in Cedar Key circa 1920
Charlotte Harbor Preserve State ParkCharlotte42,518 acres
(17,220 ha)
1978Gasparilla Pass
Charlotte Harbor
Charlotte Harbor Pres SP02.jpgVery limited facilities
Collier-Seminole State ParkCollier6,430 acres (2,604 ha)1947Gulf of MexicoCollier-Seminole SP dredge pano03.jpgNational Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, the Bay City Walking Dredge used to build the Tamiami Trail through the Everglades
Colt Creek State ParkPolk5,067 acres (2,052 ha)2007several small lakes and creeksColt Creek SP road01.jpgPart of the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve
Constitution Convention Museum State ParkGulf13 acres
(5 ha)
1956noneConstconvmuseumportstjoe1.jpgSite where first Florida constitution was drafted in 1838
Crystal River Archaeological State ParkCitrus61 acres
(25 ha)
1965Crystal RiverCrystal River Arch Park TM01.jpgNational Historic Landmark and one of the oldest continuously occupied pre-Columbian sites in Florida
Crystal River Preserve State ParkCitrus30,000 acres (12,150 ha)2004Crystal RiverCrystal River Preserve State Park Entrance02.jpgRare spring-fed estuary
Curry Hammock State ParkMonroe1,000 acres
(405 ha)
1991Atlantic Ocean
Gulf of Mexico
Marathon FL Curry Hammock SP03.jpgNamed for a Miami teacher whose family owned key land
Dade Battlefield Historic State ParkSumter80 acres
(32 ha)
1921noneDade-battlefield-bushnell.jpgSecond Seminole War battle where 105 of 108 troops were massacred by 180 Native Americans
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State ParkMonroe2,421 acres
(981 ha)
1982Atlantic OceanKey Largo FL Dagny Johnson Key SP path01.jpgPark's name changed in 2001 to honor park activist
De Leon Springs State ParkVolusia600 acres
(243 ha)
1982Crystal RiverDe Leon Springs State Park15.jpg"Old Methuselah" is a 500-year old bald cypress; previously a private park with Jungle Cruise; 19 million gallons (72 million liters) of 72 °F (22 °C) water daily
DeSoto Site Historic State ParkLeon5 acres
(2 ha)
2003noneTallahassee FL De Soto site01.jpgSite of Hernando de Soto 1839 encampment and Gov. John W. Martin House
Deer Lake State ParkWalton1,995 acres
(808 ha)
1996Gulf of Mexico
Deer Lake
DeerLakeSP.JPGVery rare freshwater lake among coastal dunes
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State ParkCollier166 acres
(67 ha)
1981Cocohatchee River
Gulf of Mexico
Delnor-Wiggins SP beach01.jpgBarrier island with white sugar sand beach
Devil's Millhopper Geological State ParkAlachua67 acres
(27 ha)
1974sinkhole pondDevil's Millhopper - 2.jpg120-foot (36.6 m) deep, 500-foot (152.4 m) wide sinkhole accessed by 232 step stairway
Don Pedro Island State ParkCharlotte230 acres
(93 ha)
1985Gulf of MexicoDon Pedro Island SP land base02.jpgBarrier island accessible only by boat or ferry[13]
Dudley Farm Historic State ParkAlachua325 acres
(132 ha)
1989noneNewberry Dudley Farm visit01.jpgShows agricultural development in Florida from the 1850s through the mid-1940s
Dunns Creek State ParkPutnam6,000 acres
(2,430 ha)
2001St. Johns River
Dunns Creek
DunnsCreekStateParkCreek.jpgSteamboat stop during the 1920s
Econfina River State ParkTaylor4,543 acres
(1,840 ha)
1989Econfina RiverEconfinaRiverStatePark.jpgConfederate deserters camped here and assisted Union blockcade ships during the Civil War
Eden Gardens State ParkWalton163 acres
(66 ha)
1968Tucker BayouWesleyHsEdenGrdnsStPk.JPGRestored plantation home with Louis XVI style furniture
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State ParkWakulla6,000 acres
(2,430 ha)
1968Wakulla RiverWakullaSpringsSP.jpgOne of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world
Egmont Key State ParkHillsborough328 acres
(133 ha)
1974Tampa BayEgmont Key04.jpgThe ruins of Fort Dade and Egmont Key Light are inside the park
Estero Bay Preserve State ParkLee10,000 acres (4,050 ha)1974Estero BayEsteroBayPreserveStatePark.jpgThe first aquatic nature preserve established in Florida
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State ParkCollier75,000 acres (30,375 ha)1975noneFakahatcheeStrandPreserveStatePark.jpgPart of the Big Cypress National Preserve in the Everglades
Falling Waters State ParkWashington171 acres
(69 ha)
19622-acre pondFallingWatersStateParkWaterfall.jpgContains a 73-foot (22.3 m) waterfall, tallest in Florida
Fanning Springs State ParkGilchrist1,427 acres
(578 ha)
1997Fanning Springs
Suwannee River
Fanning Springs Park springs01.jpgA first magnitude spring purchased by the state in 1993
Faver-Dykes State ParkSt. Johns6,045 acres (2,448 ha)1950Pellicer CreekFaver-Dykes State Park - boat launch.jpgA wilderness area
Florida Caverns State ParkJackson1,300 acres
(527 ha)
1942Chipola RiverFLCaverns-Jan2007.jpgThe only Florida state park with public cave tours
Forest Capital Museum State ParkTaylor14 acres
(6 ha)
1967noneForest Capital Museum SP cracker01d.jpgIncludes a late 1800s Florida Cracker homestead
Fort Clinch State ParkNassau1,427 acres
(578 ha)
1935Amelia RiverFortClinchAir.jpgConstruction of Fort Clinch began in 1847
Fort Cooper State ParkCitrus710 acres
(287 ha)
1977Lake HolathlikahaFort Cooper Inverness road01.jpgOn the Withlacoochee State Trail
Fort Foster State Historic SiteHillsborough30 acres
(12 ha)
1935noneFort Foster 4.jpgPart of Hillsborough River State Park; replica fort built in 1972
Fort George Island Cultural State ParkDuval1,600 acres
(648 ha)
1949Atlantic OceanFort George Island tabby ruins01.jpgHurricane Dora connected Anastasia Island and Conch Island in 1964
Fort Mose Historic State ParkSt. Johns24 acres
(10 ha)
2005noneSt Aug Fort Mose01.jpgNational Historic Landmark originally known as Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mosé
Fort Pierce Inlet State ParkSt. Lucie340 acres
(138 ha)
1973Tucker Cove
Atlantic Ocean
Ft Pierce FL Fort Pierce Inlet SP beach02.jpgUsed for Frogman training during World War II
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State ParkMonroe87 acres
(35 ha)
1974Straits of FloridaFortzacharytaylor.jpgPre-civil war fort abandoned, restoration began in the late 1960s by volunteers
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State ParkOkaloosa357 acres
(145 ha)
1966Rocky BayouFredGannonRockySpringsSP.jpgNamed in honor of United States Air Force Colonel who preserved site
Gainesville-Hawthorne State TrailAlachua16 miles
(26 km)
1989Boulware SpringsGainesville-Hawthorne Trail east end02.jpgPasses through Paynes Prairie
Gamble Plantation Historic State ParkManatee87 acres
(35 ha)
1927Manatee RiverGamble Plantation SP mansion01.jpgSole surviving antebellum mansion in south Florida, once a 3,500-acre (1,416 ha) sugarcane plantation
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler BeachFlagler144 acres
(58 ha)
1961Atlantic OceanFL Gamble Rogers SRA east side beach01.jpgRenamed from Flagler Beach State Recreation Area in 1992
Gasparilla Island State ParkCharlotte
Lee
128 acres
(52 ha)
1983Charlotte HarborGasparilla Island SP beach03.jpgGasparilla Island Lights were lit in 1890
George Crady Bridge Fishing PierDuval8,000 ft
(2,440 m)
1999Nassau Sound
Atlantic Ocean
George Crady Bridge SP02.jpgPedestrian-only fishing bridge
Grayton Beach State ParkWalton2,200 acres
(891 ha)
1968Western Lake
Gulf of Mexico
Grayton beach.jpgPopular pristine beach offers cabins & camping, boating, fishing and trails
Henderson Beach State ParkOkaloosa222 acres
(90 ha)
1983Gulf of MexicoHendersonBeachStateParkShore.jpgU.S. Air Force Clausen Tracking site until 1951
Highlands Hammock State ParkHighlands9,000 acres
(3,640 ha)
1931noneHighlandsHammockCCC.jpgUnsuccessfully promoted as a national park
Hillsborough River State ParkHillsborough3,383 acres
(1,370 ha)
1935Hillsborough RiverHillsboro River.JPGFort Foster is inside the park
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State ParkCitrus210 acres
(85 ha)
1984Homosassa RiverHomosassaSpringsWildlifeStatePark.jpgHome to numerous manatees
Honeymoon Island State ParkPinellas2,785 acres
(1,128 ha)
1975Gulf of MexicoHoneymoon Island State Park (Image 1).jpgThe north side hosts a nude beach
Hontoon Island State ParkVolusia
Lake
1,648 acres
(667 ha)
1960St. Johns River
Hontoon Dead River
Hontoon Island State Park St. Johns River.JPGAccessible only by ferry or boat[9]
Hugh Taylor Birch State ParkBroward180 acres
(73 ha)
1941Atlantic OceanFt Laud FL Hugh Taylor Birch SP04.jpgPark is in the middle of urban Fort Lauderdale
Ichetucknee Springs State ParkColumbia2,241 acres
(908 ha)
1972Ichetucknee RiverIchetucknee Springs SP north springs02.jpgDrift tubing and certified cave diving
Indian Key Historic State ParkMonroe10 acres
(4 ha)
1972Atlantic OceanIndian Key.jpgFirst county seat for Dade County; accessible only by boat[10]
John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkPalm Beach325 acres
(132 ha)
1989Lake Worth
Atlantic Ocean
North PB FL MacArthur Beach SP beach east01.jpgA gift from John D. MacArthur to the people of Florida
John Gorrie Museum State ParkFranklin1 acres
(0 ha)
1958noneGorriemuseumapalachicola1.jpgPhysician John Gorrie patented the first mechanical refrigeration process (air conditioning)
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State ParkMonroe53,000 acres
(21,465 ha)
1963Atlantic OceanMolasses11.jpgFirst underwater park in the United States
John U. Lloyd Beach State ParkBroward310 acres
(126 ha)
1973Atlantic OceanDania Beach FL John U. Lloyd SP beach south01.jpgNamed for county attorney who led preservation efforts
Jonathan Dickinson State ParkMartin11,500 acres
(4,658 ha)
1950Loxahatchee RiverTwo Bucks.jpgFormerly a top-secret radar training school during WWII; now hosts the Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education & Research Center
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State ParkOkeechobee54,000 acres (21,870 ha)1997noneKissimmee Prairie PSP01.jpgThe U.S. Army used the land to train B-17 bomber crews during World War II
Koreshan State Historic SiteLee135 acres
(55 ha)
1983Estero RiverKoreshan SHS planetary court02.jpgHome of the Koreshan Unity group
Lafayette Blue Springs State ParkLafayette702 acres
(284 ha)
2005Suwannee RiverLafayette Blue Springs SP pano01.jpgFirst magnitude spring with 168 million gallons (636 million liters) per day
Lake Griffin State ParkLake578 acres
(234 ha)
1968Dead River
Oklawaha River
LakeGriffinSPBoathouse.jpgConnects Oklawaha to Lake Griffin
Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State ParkLeon100 acres
(41 ha)
1966St. Marks RiverTallahassee FL Lake Jackson Mounds SP mound02a.jpgFort Walton Culture capital from 1050–1500
Lake June in Winter Scrub State ParkHighlands845 acres
(342 ha)
1995Lake June in WinterLake June in Winter Scrub SP lake pano01.jpgLimited facilities; still under development
Lake Kissimmee State ParkPolk5,930 acres (2,402 ha)1977Lake KissimmeeSandhill cranes at Lake Kissimmee State Park.jpgThe 1876 Cow Camp is a living history site with Cracker Cowboys
Lake Louisa State ParkLake4,372 acres (1,771 ha)1974Lake LouisaLake Louisa State Park.jpgPark includes the Green Swamp and six lakes
Lake Manatee State ParkManatee556 acres
(225 ha)
1970Lake ManateeLake Manatee SP lake pano01.jpg60-site campground was opened in 1986
Lake Talquin State ParkLeon
Gadsden
526 acres
(213 ha)
1971Lake TalquinNELkTalquin-Oct2007.JPGLake Talquin is a 10,000 acre (4,047 ha) reservoir created by the Jackson Bluff Dam on the Ochlockonee River
Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State ParkJefferson188 acres
(76 ha)
1998Lake MiccosukeeLetchworth Mounds01.jpgSite of the tallest prehistoric, Native American ceremonial earthwork mound in Florida
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State ParkMonroe10,481 acres
(4,245 ha)
1971Florida Bay
Gulf of Mexico
LignumvitaeKeyBotanicalSP.jpgAccess via private boat or tour boat; daily visitors are limited[11]
Little Manatee River State ParkHillsborough2,433 acres
(985 ha)
1974Little Manatee RiverLittle Manatee River SP river01.jpgPark includes equestrian trails and campsites
Little Talbot Island State ParkDuval1,600 acres
(648 ha)
1949Atlantic OceanLittle Talbot Island - Myrtle Creek.jpgPart of Talbot Islands State Parks
Long Key State ParkMonroe965 acres
(391 ha)
1969Atlantic OceanLong Key.jpgGrand resort was destroyed by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935
Lovers Key State ParkLee712 acres
(288 ha)
1983Gulf of MexicoFort Myers Beach FL Lovers Key SP north01.jpgLovers Key State Park merged with Carl Johnson County Park in 1996
Lower Wekiva River Preserve State ParkLake
Seminole
17,405 acres
(7,049 ha)
1976Wekiva River
St. Johns River
Lower Wekiwa River Preserve SP02.jpgWildlife corridor to the Ocala National Forest
Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological SiteManatee10 acres
(4 ha)
1970Tampa BayTerra Ceia FL Madira Bickel SP01.jpgNamed for the owners who donated it to the state in 1948
Madison Blue Spring State ParkMadison1 acres
(1 ha)
2000Withlacoochee RiverMadison Blue Springs SP spring01.jpgFirst magnitude spring
Manatee Springs State ParkLevy2,443 acres
(989 ha)
1949Manatee SpringsManatee Springs State Park Florida springs05.jpgFirst magnitude spring
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State ParkAlachua99 acres
(40 ha)
1970noneMkrawlingshouse.jpg1930s farm and citrus orchard
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State ParkClay2,000 acres
(810 ha)
1935Little Lake JohnsonGold Head Branch SP ravine02.jpgHiking and Equestrian trails
Mound Key Archaeological State ParkLee113 acres
(46 ha)
1970Estero BayMoundKeyShellMound.jpgAccessible only by boat - no facilities[12]
Myakka River State ParkSarasota
Manatee
37,000 acres
(14,985 ha)
1941Myakka River
Upper Myakka Lake
Myakka-Prairie.jpgLand partly donated by Bertha Palmer, pioneer farmer, rancher & developer
Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State ParkLeon113 acres
(46 ha)
1949St. Marks RiverNatural Bridge Monument.jpgSite of the second largest Civil War battle in Florida
North Peninsula State ParkVolusia534 acres
(216 ha)
1984Atlantic OceanNPSP-0246.JPGMetal pieces from the wreck of the North Western, which sank prior to World War II, have emerged on the beach
Okeechobee Battlefield State ParkOkeechobee211 acres
(85 ha)
2007Lake OkeechobeeOkeechobee FL Battlefield01.jpgBattle site during the Second Seminole War
O'Leno State ParkColumbia6,000 acres
(2,430 ha)
1940Santa Fe RiverOLeno SP - Footbridge.jpgMany facilities built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s
Ochlockonee River State ParkWakulla392 acres
(159 ha)
1970Ochlockonee River
Dead River
Ochlockonee River SP river02.jpgMany older trees show scars from turpentine industry
Oleta River State ParkMiami-Dade1,043 acres
(422 ha)
1986Oleta River
Biscayne Bay
Beach at Oleta River State Park.jpgPark has high numbers of the invasive species Casuarina (Australian Pine)
Olustee Battlefield Historic State ParkBaker43 acres
(17 ha)
1949noneOlusteeMonument.jpgFirst State Historic Monument in 1909
Orman House Historic State ParkFranklin1 acres
(1 ha)
2001Apalachicola RiverApalachicola Orman House07.jpgHouse built in 1838
Oscar Scherer State ParkSarasota1,400 acres
(567 ha)
1956South Creek
Lake Osprey
Ossp-canoeride.jpgMajor habitat of the Florida Scrub Jay
Paynes Creek Historic State ParkHardee410 acres
(166 ha)
1981Paynes CreekPaynes Creek SP pano01.jpgSite of Fort Chokonikla and the Kennedy-Darling trading post during the Seminole Wars
Paynes Prairie Preserve State ParkAlachua21,000 acres
(8,505 ha)
1971Lake WauburgPaynesprairiegainesville1.jpgSavanna formerly occupied by Seminole Indians
Perdido Key State ParkEscambia290 acres
(117 ha)
1978Gulf of MexicoPensacola FL Perdido Key SP access02.jpgA barrier island
Ponce de Leon Springs State ParkHolmes420 acres
(170 ha)
1970Mill Creek
Sandy Creek
Ponce De Leon SP06.jpg14 million gallons (53 million liters) of 68 °F (20 °C) water outflow daily
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State ParkDuval3,896 acres
(1,578 ha)
2003Atlantic OceanPumpkin Hill Creek Preserve SP entr01.jpgPart of Talbot Islands State Parks
Rainbow Springs State ParkMarion1,472 acres
(596 ha)
1990Rainbow RiverRainbow spgs florida.JPG600 million gallons (2.3 billion liters) of 68 °F (20 °C) water outflow daily
Ravine Gardens State ParkPutnam59 acres
(24 ha)
1934St. Johns RiverRavinegardens01.jpgGardens built by Works Progress Administration in 1933
River Rise Preserve State ParkColumbia4,500 acres
(1,823 ha)
1974Santa Fe RiverSantaFeRiverRisePreserveSP.jpgLocation where Santa Fe River reemerges after 3 miles (4.8 km) underground
Rock Springs Run State ReserveLake14,150 acres
(5,731 ha)
1983Wekiva RiverRock Springs Run Preserve SP01.jpgJoins Wekiwa Spring run to create the Wekiva River
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State ParkAlachua7,360 acres
(2,981 ha)
1974small water bodiesSan Felasco Hammock entr01.jpgA mature Florida forest and wildlife habitat with hiking, biking, and horse trails
San Marcos de Apalache Historic State ParkWakulla17 acres
(7 ha)
1964Wakulla River
St. Marks River
StMarksFrtBombproofWall.JPGHistory of this national landmark dates to 1528
San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State ParkMonroe644 acres
(261 ha)
1989Atlantic OceanSanPedroUnderwaterArchaeologicalPreserveSP.jpgDutch-built ship sank in a hurricane on July 13, 1733
Savannas Preserve State ParkSt. Lucie
Martin
6,000 acres
(2,430 ha)
1977Indian RiverJensen Beach FL Savannas Preserve SP01.jpgArea around Jensen Beach was known as the “Pineapple Capital of the World” from 1895 to 1920
Seabranch Preserve State ParkMartin7,360 acres
(2,981 ha)
1992Indian River lagoonSeabranchPreserveStatePark.jpgFour different natural habitats within short distance
Sebastian Inlet State ParkBrevard
Indian River
755 acres
(306 ha)
1970Sebastian InletSebastianInletStatePark.jpgPark never closes; second fmost visited Florida park
Silver Springs State ParkMarion5,000 acres
(2,025 ha)
1987Silver RiverOcala Silver River Park - River01.jpgSpring headwaters constitutes Silver Springs Nature Theme Park a private company
Skyway Fishing Pier State ParkHillsborough
Manatee
26,000 ft
(10,530 m)
1994Tampa BaySunshine skyway pier 01.jpgUtilizes approaches to old Sunshine Skyway Bridge, following the 1980 collision by MV Summit Venture and construction of a new bridge.
St. Andrews State ParkBay1,200 acres
(486 ha)
1950Gulf of Mexico
Grand Lagoon
PC St Andrews SP GofM06.jpgNamed "America’s Best Beach" in 1995
St. George Island State ParkFranklin1,962 acres
(795 ha)
1963Gulf of MexicoPC St George Island SP07.jpgNamed "6th Best Beach in America" for 2011 after Hurricane Dennis destroyed the facilities in 2005
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State ParkMartin928 acres
(376 ha)
1965Atlantic OceanStLucieInletPreserveSP.jpgBarrier island accessible only by boat[14]
St. Marks River State ParkLeon2,589 acres
(1,049 ha)
2007St. Marks RiverFlorida's 161st state park
St. Sebastian River Preserve State ParkBrevard
Indian River
22,000 acres
(8,910 ha)
1995St. Sebastian RiverSt. Sebastian River Pres SP FL SE area01.jpgThe Hernández–Capron Trail was built to link St. Augustine with Fort Pierce during the Second Seminole War
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State ParkHamilton800 acres
(324 ha)
1950Suwannee RiverStephen Foster Memorial Carrilon bell tower.jpgCarillon tower with 97 tubular bells plays Foster's songs every day
Stump Pass Beach State ParkCharlotte245 acres
(99 ha)
1971Gulf of MexicoStump Pass Beach SP beach02.jpgDay park consisting of three islands offer swimming & boating, shelling & hiking, fishing & diving
Suwannee River State ParkSuwannee1,800 acres
(729 ha)
1951Suwannee River
Withlacoochee River
SuwanneeRiverStatePark.jpgThe 1860 Columbus Cemetery, pieces from an 1800s sawmill, and Civil War earthworks are points of interest
T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State ParkGulf1,900 acres
(770 ha)
1967Gulf of MexicoSt Joseph Peninsula FL SP beach north01.jpgDedicated to the former owner, who sold it to the U.S. Army in World War II
Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State ParkEscambia4,290 acres
(1,737 ha)
1998Perdido BayPensacola FL Tarkiln Bayou SP Claire bdwlk06.jpgLimited facilities; nature trails, picnic tables and a bathroom
Terra Ceia Preserve State ParkManatee1,932 acres
(783 ha)
2000?Tampa BayTerraCeiaPreserveStatePark.jpgLand acquired by the state and Southwest Florida Water Management District
Three Rivers State ParkJackson686 acres
(278 ha)
1955Chattahoochee River; Flint River
Lake Seminole
3RivStPkLkSmnl2008.JPGThe 1947 Jim Woodruff Dam created Lake Seminole; the outflow is the Apalachicola River
Tomoka State ParkVolusia1,800 acres
(729 ha)
1945Tomoka RiverChiefTomokieStatueTomokaStatePark.jpgUrban park completely surrounded by development
Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkWalton1,643 acres
(665 ha)
1992Gulf of MexicoTopsailHillPreserveStateParkSunset.jpgSite of munitions testing range during World War II
Torreya State ParkLiberty13,737 acres
(5,563 ha)
1935Apalachicola RiverTorreyapark03.jpgPark named after the endangered Torreya tree
Troy Springs State ParkSuwannee
Lafayette
84 acres
(34 ha)
1995Suwannee RiverTroySpringsStateParkAerial.jpgFirst magnitude spring; the Civil War steamboat "Madison" was scuttled there in 1863
Waccasassa Bay Preserve State ParkLevy30,784 acres (12,468 ha)2005Gulf of MexicoPhotograph of sunset in Waccasassa Springs State Park.jpgAccessible only by boat; no recreational facilities[15]
Washington Oaks Gardens State ParkFlagler21 acres
(9 ha)
1964Atlantic OceanWashington Oaks State Gardens.jpgPark has formal gardens, citrus groves, and house
Wekiwa Springs State ParkOrange7,723 acres (3,128 ha)1969Wekiva RiverWekiwa Run.jpg42 million gallons (159 million liters) of 72 °F (22 °C) water outflow daily
Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State ParkPasco3,400 acres (1,377 ha)2001Gulf of MexicoWerner-boyce01.jpgNamed for the Werner-Boyce Preserve purchased by Pasco County in 1994; undeveloped
Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State ParkSuwannee733 acres
(297 ha)
1986Suwannee RiverImage-Peacock Springs Entrance.jpg28,000 feet (8,534 m) of explored passageways make it one of the largest locations for cave diving in the U.S.
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State ParkMonroe32 acres
(13 ha)
1986Atlantic OceanWindleyKeyFRGStatePark.jpgQuary provided Keystone (limestone) for the Overseas Railroad in 1908
Ybor City Museum State ParkHillsborough1 acre
(0 ha)
1976noneTampa Ybor City Museum01.jpgShows the history of Tampa's cigar industry and Latin influence
Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State ParkDuval1,600 acres
(648 ha)
1949Atlantic OceanYellowBluffFortHistoricStatePark.jpgConfederate camp constructed during the American Civil War
Yellow River Marsh Preserve State ParkSanta Rosa11,000 acres
(4,455 ha)
2000Yellow RiverYellowRiverMarshPreserveStatePark.jpgOne of Florida's last remaining tracts of wet prairie; no recreation facilities
Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State ParkCitrus6 acres
(2 ha)
1953Homosassa RiverYulee Sugar Mill Ruins01.jpgSenator David Levy Yulee built the mill on his 5,100-acre (2,064 ha) plantation, Margarita, in 1851

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Florida Park Service". Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Bray, Taryn (November 18, 2013). "Florida Parks Receive Record Number Of Gold Medals For Excellence". WUFT News. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "About Florida State Parks and Trails". Florida State Parks. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "National Gold Medal Awards - State Park Award Winners & Finalists" (PDF). 2011. National Recreation and Park Association. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Florida State Parks wins third gold medal in parks and recreation management, WTSP.com, October 10, 2013
  6. ^ "The Goddard Era". Florida Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "National Natural Landmarks: Florida". National Park Service. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Anclote Key Preserve State Park". State of Florida. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Hontoon Island State Park". State of Florida. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Indian Key Historic State Park". State of Florida. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Lignumvitae Key State Botanical Park". State of Florida. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Mound Key Archeological State Park". State of Florida. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Don Pedro Island State Park". State of Florida. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park". State of Florida. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park". State of Florida. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Caladesi Island State Park". State of Florida. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Cayo Costa State Park". State of Florida. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Find a Park Florida". National Park Service. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  19. ^ a b c d e "Office of Park Planning - Park Management Plans". Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Alafia River State Park". Florida State Parks. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park". Florida State Parks. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Activities at The Barnacle Historic State Park". Florida State Parks. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park". Florida State Parks. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 

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