Historic Hikes

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These Florida trails are either at historic / archaeological sites or have historic or archaeological elements along them, such as pine trees with catfaces for turpentine trapping, battlefields, cemeteries, pioneer homesteads, lighthouses, middens, forts, and more.

Historic Hikes and Sites by Name

AD Barnes Park

A.D. Barnes Park

Paved trails wind through the woods at A.D. Barnes Park, a Miami city park, where a tiny slice of native pine rocklands survives in one corner along with large trees.
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Cataloging finds at Addison Blockhouse State Park (DEP)

Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park

Beneath a dense canopy of cabbage palms and live oaks, the remains of a 19th century plantation rise from the forest floor at Addison Blockhouse State Park.
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Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki

Set in a 60-acre cypress dome on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum of Seminole culture provides an introduction to the tropical outdoors of natural South Florida's swamps in which the Seminole Tribe has lived for more than a century.
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Aldermans Ford Preserve

Alderman’s Ford Nature Preserve

Alderman's Ford Nature Preserve offers a surprising treat for a Central Florida hike: whitewater, showcasing the Alafia River churning as it winds through a deeply eroded channel
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Alexander Springs

Alexander Springs

Surrounding one of Florida's most picturesque first magnitude springs, Alexander Springs Recreation Area provides visitors with many options to enjoy the spring and the woodlands around the spring basin.
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Blooming season at Maclay Gardens

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

In late winter, azaleas create ribbons of bright color beneath the live oak canopy across the grounds of Maclay Gardens, a series of formal gardens along the hillsides sweeping down to Lake Hall.
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Anastasia State Park

Anastasia State Park

Anastasia State Park is windswept and sandy, with an arc of beach that stretches four miles to Matanzas Inlet, curving in on itself to face the ancient city of St. Augustine.
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Anclote Key State Park

Anclote Key Preserve State Park

A place to play Robinson Crusoe for a day or overnight, Anclote Key Preserve State Park is an offshore gem in the Gulf of Mexico made up of four islands within sight of Tarpon Springs.
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Anhinga Trail

Anhinga Trail

For most visitors, the Anhinga Trail is their first glimpse into Everglades National Park. It's short, and the alligators are right there: hard to miss.
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Ann Norton Sculpture Garden

Ann Norton Sculpture Garden

One of the largest palm collections in the United States is the backdrop for the oversized works of sculptor Ann Norton on this 1.7 acre estate adjoining her former home and studio in West Palm Beach.
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Arcadia Mill complex

Arcadia Mill

An archaeological site in the woods between Milton and Pace - just east of Pensacola off US 90 - Arcadia Mill showcases ongoing work to uncover Florida's first "modern" industrial complex.
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Arch Creek Park

Arch Creek Park

The tropical hammock at Arch Creek Park was the site of a Tequesta Indian village between 500 B.C. and 1300 A.D. Gentle natural footpaths wind through the dark forest
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Atsena Otie

Atsena Otie Key

The original Cedar Key isn't where you think it is. It's offshore, within sight of the current historic waterfront, an island called Atsena Otie Key, part of Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge.
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Barr Hammock

Barr Hammock Preserve

Encompassing more than 5,700 acres, Barr Hammock Preserve near Gainesville includes an expansive wetland area, the Levy Prairie, an excellent birding destination.
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Bayshore Loop

Bayshore Loop

Providing a walk through the mangrove-lined edge of Florida Bay and the unique coastal prairie habitat within a short loop, the Bayshore Loop takes you what's left of the fishing village of Flamingo.
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Bella Vista Trail

Bella Vista Trail

A 1.8-mile loop through the uplands of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, the Bella Vista Trail walks you through most of the habitats found on this barrier island.
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Big Oak Trail

Big Oak Trail

The Big Oak Trail is one of the most scenic hikes in North Florida and is part of the statewide Florida Trail. Much of the hiking parallels the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers, which meet here at a confluence.
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Big Shoals of the Suwannee River

Big Shoals State Park

You hear them well before you can see them: a burble of water that rises to a roar as you approach the Big Shoals of the Suwannee River, Florida's largest series of rapids complete with hydraulics and holes and Class III whitewater at certain times of year.
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Big Shoals Trail

Big Shoals Trail

At Big Shoals State Park, the Big Shoals Trail leads you to scenic perches high atop the river bluffs when you can watch Florida's only Class III whitewater rapids
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Blackrock Beach at Big Talbot Island State Park

Big Talbot Island State Park

For a taste of tidal pools and black rock beaches in Florida, get out of your car and walk down to the unique shoreline of Big Talbot Island State Park.
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Historic Hikes and Sites by Location

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