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Florida State Parks

There are 161 state parks and 10 state trails in the U.S. state of Florida which encompass more than 800,000 acres , providing recreational opportunities for both residents and tourists.

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 of beaches, and over 1,625 miles of trails.

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. The Park Service was awarded the gold medal again in October 2013, making it the only three-time winner.

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."

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  • Alafia River State Park

  • Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

  • Allen David Broussard State Park Catfish Creek

  • Amelia Island State Park

  • Anastasia State Park

  • Anclote Key Preserve State Park

  • Avalon State Park

  • Bahia Honda State Park

  • Bald Point State Park

  • Barnacle Historic State Park

  • Big Lagoon State Park

  • Big Shoals State Park

  • Big Talbot Island State Park

  • Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

  • Blackwater River State Park

  • Blue Spring State Park

  • Bulow Creek State Park

  • Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

  • Caladesi Island State Park

  • Camp Helen State Park

  • Cayo Costa State Park

  • Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve

  • Cedar Key Museum State Park

  • Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park

  • Collier-Seminole State Park

  • Colt Creek State Park

  • Constitution Convention Museum State Park

  • Crystal River Archaeological State Park

  • Crystal River Preserve State Park

  • Curry Hammock State Park

  • Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

  • Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

  • De Leon Springs State Park

  • DeSoto Site Historic State Park

  • Deer Lake State Park

  • Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

  • Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park

  • Don Pedro Island State Park

  • Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

  • Dudley Farm Historic State Park

  • Dunns Creek State Park

  • Econfina River State Park

  • Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
    Egmont Key State Park
    Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
    Estero Bay Preserve State Park
    Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

  • Falling Waters State Park
    Fanning Springs State Park
    Faver-Dykes State Park
    Florida Caverns State Park
    Forest Capital Museum State Park
    Fort Clinch State Park
    Fort Cooper State Park
    Fort Foster Historic Site
    Fort George Island Cultural State Park
    Fort Mose Historic State Park
    Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
    Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
    Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

  • Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

  • Gamble Plantation Historic State Park
    Gamble Rogers Memorial State Park
    Gasparilla Island State Park
    George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park
    Grayton Beach State Park

  • Henderson Beach State Park

  • Highlands Hammock State Park
    Hillsborough River State Park
    Honeymoon Island State Park
    Hontoon Island State Park
    Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

  • Ichetucknee Springs State Park

  • Indian Key State Historic Site
    John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
    John Gorrie State Museum
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    John U. Lloyd Beach State Park
    Jonathan Dickinson State Park
    Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
    Koreshan State Historic Site
    Lafayette Blue Springs State Park
    Lake Griffin State Park
    Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park
    Lake June in Winter Scrub State Park
    Lake Kissimmee State Park
    Lake Louisa State Park
    Lake 4,372 acres (1,771 ha) 1974 Lake Louisa Park includes the Green Swamp and six lakes
    Lake Manatee State Park
    Lake Talquin State Park
    Letchworth Mounds Archaeological State Park
    Lignumvitae Key State Botanical Park
    Little Manatee River State Park
    Little Talbot Island State Park
    Lovers Key / Carl E. Johnson State Park
    Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park
    Madira Bickel Mound State Archeological Site
    Madison Blue Springs State Park
    Manatee Springs State Park
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
    Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
    Mound Key Archeological State Park
    Myakka River State Park
    Natural Bridge Battlefield State Historic Site
    North Peninsula State Park
    Okeechobee Battlefield State Park
    O'Leno State Park
    Ochlockonee River State Park
    Oleta River State Park
    Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park
    Orman House State Park
    Oscar Scherer State Park
    Paynes Creek Historic State Park
    Paynes Prairie State Preserve
    Perdido Key State Park
    Ponce de Leon Springs State Park
    Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park
    Rainbow Springs State Park
    Ravine Gardens State Park
    River Rise Preserve State Park
    Rock Springs Run State Reserve
    San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
    San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park
    San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park
    Savannas Preserve State Park
    Seabranch Preserve State Park
    Sebastian Inlet State Park
    Silver River State Park
    Skyway Fishing Pier State Park
    St. Andrews State Park
    St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park
    St. Marks River State Park
    St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park
    Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

  • Suwannee River State Park

  • T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
    Tarkiln Bayou
    Three Rivers State Park
    Terra Ceia Preserve State Park
    Tomoka State Park
    Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
    Torreya State Park

  • Troy Spring State Park

  • Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park
    Washington Oaks State Gardens
    Wekiwa Springs State Park
    Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park
    Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

  • Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

  • Ybor City Museum State Park

  • Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park

  • Yellow River Marsh Preserve State Park

  • Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins State Historic Site

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