Florida thanks Irma first responders with state parks pass

As a thank you from the state of Florida, first responders (including lineworkers) who worked on support statewide during and after Hurricane Irma are eligible for a free annual Florida State Parks pass with proof of their service.
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Florida thanks Irma first responders with state parks pass

Hurricane damage to Florida parks

A comprehensive list of closures of and damage to parks, trails, and public campgrounds throughout Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
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Hurricane damage to Florida parks

Backpacker tips for hurricane prep

Backpacking skills are survival skills. Use your knowledge and gear to make personal preparations for hurricane season power loss and evacuations in Florida.
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Backpacker tips for hurricane prep

Spring hopping around Tallahassee

Between Madison and Marianna and across Wakulla County, explore a colorful collection of natural springs for swimming and snorkeling, all within an hour of Tallahassee.
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Spring hopping around Tallahassee

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Florida is different. Stretching 1,400 miles from the edge of the Everglades to Pensacola Beach, the Florida Trail is one of only 11 National Scenic Trails across America. It starts in a swamp, and ends on a beach. What you'll see in between will give you a new appreciation for natural Florida.

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Some of our Favorite Places

A random sampling of some of our favorite trails, parks, and campgrounds across the state of Florida. See the full list here. You can search for outdoor destinations by using our interactive map, or scroll to the bottom of any page to find destinations by region or city.

Big Oak Trail
Florida Trail, Juniper Creek
Bulow Creek Loop
Green Cay Wetlands
View from the observation tower on the Tower Pond Trail
Florida Trail, SW 49th Ave to Land Bridge Trailhead
Hickory Hammock Trail
Tidal rock barren at Long Key
Swamp along the River Trails
Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area
Ponce De Leon Park
Florida Trail, Gold Head Branch State Park

Newest Trails & Parks

Madison Blue Springs

Spring hopping around Tallahassee

Between Madison and Marianna and across Wakulla County, explore a colorful collection of natural springs for swimming and snorkeling, all within an hour of Tallahassee.
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Upper Chipola River

Baltzell Spring

Made up of liquid pools of beauty on the edge of Florida Caverns State Park, Baltzell Spring is a compelling destination for spring hunters along the Chipola River in Marianna.
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Merritt's Mill Pond

Merritt’s Mill Pond

Fed by first-magnitude Jackson Blue Spring and nearly a dozen smaller springs, Merritt's Mill Pond is a waterway unlike any other in Florida, its unusual hues trapped between rocky slopes and edged with moss-draped cypress trees.
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Jackson Blue Springs

Blue Springs Recreation Area

With a developed swimming area surrounding a first-magnitude spring, Blue Springs Recreation Area is a liquid playground in hues of blue, a broad open basin pouring forth a spring run with a dozen more major springs along its length.
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Latest Blogs & News

Camping at a Florida State Park

Camping options for Irma victims

Did Hurricane Irma make it impossible to live at home? If you have camping gear and time, here are some options that Florida State Parks has shared, including a limited amount of free camping for impacted families.
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Ichetucknee Springs

Florida thanks Irma first responders with state parks pass

As a thank you from the state of Florida, first responders (including lineworkers) who worked on support statewide during and after Hurricane Irma are eligible for a free annual Florida State Parks pass with proof of their service.
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Debris piles at a local fitness trail

Hurricane damage to Florida parks

A comprehensive list of closures of and damage to parks, trails, and public campgrounds throughout Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
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Backpacking skills are survival skills

Backpacker tips for hurricane prep

Backpacking skills are survival skills. Use your knowledge and gear to make personal preparations for hurricane season power loss and evacuations in Florida.
Read More

Latest Travels

Madison Blue Springs

Spring hopping around Tallahassee

Between Madison and Marianna and across Wakulla County, explore a colorful collection of natural springs for swimming and snorkeling, all within an hour of Tallahassee.
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Enger Tower gardens

Finding Peace in a Garden

On a June trip to Duluth, the surprise discovery of a garden hidden in the woods along the Superior Hiking Trail helped ease the pain of losing a loved one.
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Cascade River, Minnesota

Minnesota’s River of Waterfalls

Where its namesake river drops 900 feet in three miles, Minnesota's Cascade River State Park is a dramatic place to take a deeply wooded hike along Lake Superior's North Shore.
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