Along Scenic A1A on one of the prettiest stretches of oceanfront on the Atlantic Coast, the seaside community of Flagler Beach anchors an array of natural lands.
Protecting more than 3,000 acres – 2,700 acres of which are covered in swamps – Graham Swamp Preserve offers hikers a glimpse of the dense floodplain where Bulow Creek rises.
Along the St. Johns River, Palatka is just east of the Florida Trail and 15 minutes from the Ocala National Forest, providing a great gateway to outdoor adventures.
Four gentle hiking loops showcase wild spaces and cultivated grounds at Princess Place Preserve, an 1880s homestead on Pellicer Creek with a historic lodge and campground on site.
Recreation around St. Augustine, the Ancient City established in 1565, concentrates on coastal habitats, both on the barrier islands and the estuaries that stretch many miles inland.
Notable for its expansive landscaped gardens under a canopy of ancient live oaks, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is also the home of one of Florida’s rare rocky shorelines.