Dade Battlefield Historic State
CR 603 South Battlefield Drive
Bushnell, Florida 33513
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
is a Florida State Park located on County Road 603 between I-75 (Exit
314) and U.S. 301. The 80-acre park includes 40 acres of pine
flatwoods and a live oak hammock.
Also called the Dade Massacre site, It preserves
the Second Seminole War battlefield where Seminole Indian warriors
fought soldiers under the command of Major Francis L. Dade on December
28, 1835. Each year, on the weekend after Christmas (as close to the
original date as possible), the Dade Battlefield Society sponsors a
reenactment of the battle that started the Second Seminole War.
Under the title of Dade Battlefield Historic
Memorial, it is also a U.S. National Historic Landmark (designated
as such on April 14, 1972).
Welcome to Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
The battle that started the Second Seminole War
is commemorated in January each year under the oaks of Dade
Battlefield. On December 28, 1835, Seminole Indian warriors ambushed
108 soldiers at this site-only three soldiers survived. The park
protects not only a historic battlefield, but also the natural
communities as they existed when the soldiers and Seminoles battled
over 180 years ago.
Strolling a half-mile nature trail through pine
flatwoods, visitors might see gopher tortoises, woodpeckers,
songbirds, hawks, and indigo snakes. The park has a playground, picnic
area with covered shelters, and a recreation hall. The visitor center
has information and displays about the battle and visitors can watch a
twelve-minute video history, This Land, These Men.
The center is open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily.
Located off I-75, exit 314, west of U.S. 301.
Activities include picnicking, viewing exhibits
at the visitor center, and wildlife viewing. Among the wildlife of the
park are gopher tortoises, woodpeckers, songbirds, hawks, and indigo
Amenities include a playground, a picnic area
with covered shelters, a nature trail, a 6.2-mile trail, and a
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