List of Florida state parks

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There are 161[1] state parks and 10 state trails in the U.S. state of Florida. All the parks together are more than 800,000 acres (320,000 ha).[2] People from anywhere can visit them. Between 2012 and 2013, more than 27,000 volunteers (people who are not paid money) worked to make the parks for better for the 25.2 million people who visit every year.[2] There is a small fee to enter most of Florida's state parks. It costs more to use cabins, marinas, or campsites if the park has them. Florida's state parks together have 3,454 family campsites, 235 cabins, thousands of picnic tables, 100 miles (160 km) of beaches, and over 1,625 miles (2,616 km) of trails.[3]

The Florida Park Service is the part of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. They operate the Florida State Parks. The National Recreation and Park Association gave them the Gold Medal honoring the best state park system in the country in 1999 and 2005. The parks are open all year. Some have many things to do other than fishing, hiking and camping. Many parks have facilities for bird watching or horseback riding; there are several battle reenactments; and freshwater (not salty) springs and beaches are some of Florida's very beautiful places.

two green signs with yellow border and lettering about Florida State Parks

Several state parks used to be private tourist attractions bought by the state of Florida to preserve (keep from changing) their natural environment. These parks include the Silver River State Park, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Rainbow Springs State Park and Weeki Wachee Springs.

There are state parks in 58 of Florida's 67 counties.[4] Nine of the 161 parks do not have "State Park" in their name. Four are "conservation areas" (reserve, preserve, or wildlife refuge); three are "Historical/Archaeological sites"; one is a fishing pier and one is a recreation area.[5] Seven parks are mostly undeveloped (nothing built there) with few or no facilities (such as water or toilets); 10 parks are accessible only by private boat or ferry; and 13 parks contain National Natural Landmarks.[5] There are also eleven national parks in Florida. The National Park Service controls those.[6]

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Park Name County[7] Size[7] Year[7] Water Body(s)[7] Photo Remarks
Alafia River State Park Hillsborough 6,312 acres (2,556 ha) 1996 Alafia River Alligator - Alafia Springs State Park.jpg Used to be phosphorus strip mine[8]
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park Leon 1,180 acres
(478 ha)
1954 Lake Hall 07-09-30 LkHall2.JPG Originally named Killearn Gardens State Park[9]
Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Polk 8,065 acres (3,266 ha) 1991 unnamed ponds A D Broussard Preserve SP parking01.jpg Home to rare scrub habitat (home) for wildlife
Amelia Island State Park Nassau 230 acres
(93 ha)
1983 Nassau Sound
Atlantic Ocean
Horseback riding is allowed on the beach
Anastasia State Park St. Johns 1,600 acres
(648 ha)
1949 Atlantic Ocean Anastasia Beach.jpg Hurricane Dora connected Anastasia Island and Conch Island in 1964
Anclote Key Preserve State Park Pasco 403 acres
(163 ha)
1997 Gulf of Mexico Ancloteislandlh.JPG Accessible only by ferry or boat[10]
Avalon State Park St. Lucie 650 acres
(263 ha)
1987 Atlantic Ocean Ft Pierce FL Avalon SP01.jpg Used for Frogman training during World War II
Bahia Honda State Park Monroe 524 acres
(212 ha)
1961 Atlantic Ocean
Gulf of Mexico
Bahia Honda Sunset.jpg An island in the lower Florida Keys
Bald Point State Park Wakulla 4,065 acres (1,646 ha) 1999 Gulf of Mexico Amphibious landing exercises held during World War II
Barnacle Historic State Park Miami-Dade 5 acres
(2 ha)
1973 Biscayne Bay Miami 229.jpg Oldest house in Coconut Grove; built in 1891[11]
Big Lagoon State Park Escambia 705 acres
(285 ha)
1977 Big Lagoon Pensacola FL Big Lagoon SP from obs tower06.jpg Start of the Great Florida Birding Trail
Big Shoals State Park Hamilton 3,772 acres
(1,528 ha)
1989 Suwannee River Largest whitewater Class III rapids in Florida
Big Talbot Island State Park Duval 1,600 acres
(648 ha)
1949 Atlantic Ocean Unique hardpan formations-Blackrock Beach.jpg Part of Talbot Islands State Parks
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Miami-Dade 400 acres
(162 ha)
1967 Atlantic Ocean Bill Baggs SP beach01.jpg Home to the Cape Florida Light on Key Biscayne
Blackwater River State Park Santa Rosa 590 acres
(239 ha)
1967 Blackwater River FL Blackwater River SP pano01.jpg Home to 1982 Florida Champion Atlantic white cedar tree
Blue Spring State Park Volusia 2,600 acres (1,053 ha) 1972 St. Johns River Manatees in Blue Spring.jpg Largest spring on the St. Johns River and a designated Manatee Refuge
Bulow Creek State Park Volusia 5,600 acres
(2,268 ha)
1981 Bulow Creek Ormond Beach FL Bulow Creek SP Conrad-Oates bldg01.jpg 400-year old Fairfield oak and 11 plantation sites
Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park Volusia 150 acres
(61 ha)
1945 Bulow Creek Bulow Plantation Ruins HSP - Ruins.jpg Extensive stone ruins[12]
Caladesi Island State Park Pinellas 2,450 acres
(992 ha)
1966 Gulf of Mexico Caladesi state park canoes 01.jpg Accessible only by ferry or boat; 108 slip marina[13]
Camp Helen State Park Bay 185 acres
(75 ha)
1996 Lake Powell
Gulf of Mexico
PC Beach Camp Helen SP04.jpg Day use park formerly used as private resort
Cayo Costa State Park Lee 2,426 acres
(983 ha)
1976 Gulf of Mexico Accessible only by ferry or boat - primitive cabins[14]
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve Levy 5,028 acres
(2,036 ha)
1978 Gulf of Mexico Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve01.jpg Very limited facilities
Cedar Key Museum State Park Levy 19 acres
(8 ha)
1960 Gulf of Mexico Cedar Key State Museum Whitman04.JPG The St. Clair Whitman house depicts life in Cedar Key circa 1920
Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park Charlotte 42,518 acres
(17,220 ha)
1978 Gasparilla Pass
Charlotte Harbor
Charlotte Harbor Pres SP02.jpg Very limited facilities
Collier-Seminole State Park Collier 6,430 acres (2,604 ha) 1947 Gulf of Mexico Collier-Seminole SP dredge pano03.jpg National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, the Bay City Walking Dredge used to build the Tamiami Trail through the Everglades
Colt Creek State Park Polk 5,067 acres (2,052 ha) 2007 several small lakes and creeks Colt Creek SP road01.jpg Part of the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve
Constitution Convention Museum State Park Gulf 13 acres
(5 ha)
1956 none Constconvmuseumportstjoe1.jpg Site where first Florida constitution was drafted in 1838
Crystal River Archaeological State Park Citrus 61 acres
(25 ha)
1965 Crystal River Crystal River Arch Park TM01.jpg National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest continuously occupied pre-Columbian sites in Florida
Crystal River Preserve State Park Citrus 30,000 acres (12,150 ha) 2004 Crystal River Crystal River Preserve State Park Entrance02.jpg Rare spring-fed estuary
Curry Hammock State Park Monroe 1,000 acres
(405 ha)
1991 Atlantic Ocean
Gulf of Mexico
Marathon FL Curry Hammock SP03.jpg Named for a Miami teacher whose family owned key land
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park Sumter 80 acres
(32 ha)
1921 none Dade-battlefield-bushnell.jpg Second Seminole War battle where 105 of 108 troops were massacred by 180 Native Americans
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park Monroe 2,421 acres
(981 ha)
1982 Atlantic Ocean Key Largo FL Dagny Johnson Key SP path01.jpg Park's name changed in 2001 to honor park activist
De Leon Springs State Park Volusia 600 acres
(243 ha)
1982 Crystal River De Leon Springs State Park15.jpg "Old Methuselah" is a 500-year old bald cypress; previously a private park with Jungle Cruise; 19 million gallons (72 million liters) of 72 °F (22 °C) water daily
DeSoto Site Historic State Park Leon 5 acres
(2 ha)
2003 none Tallahassee FL De Soto site01.jpg Site of Hernando de Soto 1839 encampment and Gov. John W. Martin House
Deer Lake State Park Walton 1,995 acres
(808 ha)
1996 Gulf of Mexico
Deer Lake
Very rare freshwater lake among coastal dunes
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park Collier 166 acres
(67 ha)
1981 Cocohatchee River
Gulf of Mexico
Delnor-Wiggins SP beach01.jpg Barrier island with white sugar sand beach
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park Alachua 67 acres
(27 ha)
1974 sinkhole pond Devil's Millhopper - 2.jpg 120-foot (36.6 m) deep, 500-foot (152.4 m) wide sinkhole accessed by 232 step stairway
Don Pedro Island State Park Charlotte 230 acres
(93 ha)
1985 Gulf of Mexico Don Pedro Island SP land base02.jpg Barrier island accessible only by boat or ferry[15]
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park Franklin 1,962 acres
(795 ha)
1963 Gulf of Mexico PC St George Island SP07.jpg Named "6th Best Beach in America" for 2011 after Hurricane Dennis destroyed the facilities in 2005
Dudley Farm Historic State Park Alachua 325 acres
(132 ha)
1989 none Newberry Dudley Farm visit01.jpg Shows agricultural development in Florida from the 1850s through the mid-1940s
Dunns Creek State Park Putnam 6,000 acres
(2,430 ha)
2001 St. Johns River
Dunns Creek
Steamboat stop during the 1920s
Econfina River State Park Taylor 4,543 acres
(1,840 ha)
1989 Econfina River Confederate deserters camped here and assisted Union blockcade ships during the Civil War
Eden Gardens State Park Walton 163 acres
(66 ha)
1968 Tucker Bayou WesleyHsEdenGrdnsStPk.JPG Restored plantation home with Louis XVI style furniture
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Wakulla 6,000 acres
(2,430 ha)
1968 Wakulla River One of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world
Egmont Key State Park Hillsborough 328 acres
(133 ha)
1974 Tampa Bay Egmont Key04.jpg The ruins of Fort Dade and Egmont Key Light are inside the park
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park Citrus 210 acres
(85 ha)
1984 Homosassa River Home to numerous manatees
Estero Bay Preserve State Park Lee 10,000 acres (4,050 ha) 1974 Estero Bay The first aquatic nature preserve established in Florida
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Collier 75,000 acres (30,375 ha) 1975 none Part of the Big Cypress National Preserve in the Everglades
Falling Waters State Park Washington 171 acres
(69 ha)
1962 2-acre pond Contains a 73-foot (22.3 m) waterfall, tallest in Florida
Fanning Springs State Park Gilchrist 1,427 acres
(578 ha)
1997 Fanning Springs
Suwannee River
Fanning Springs Park springs01.jpg A first magnitude spring purchased by the state in 1993
Faver-Dykes State Park St. Johns 6,045 acres (2,448 ha) 1950 Pellicer Creek Faver-Dykes State Park - boat launch.jpg A wilderness area
Florida Caverns State Park Jackson 1,300 acres
(527 ha)
1942 Chipola River FLCaverns-Jan2007.jpg The only Florida state park with public cave tours
Forest Capital Museum State Park Taylor 14 acres
(6 ha)
1967 none Forest Capital Museum SP cracker01d.jpg Includes a late 1800s Florida Cracker homestead
Fort Clinch State Park Nassau 1,427 acres
(578 ha)
1935 Amelia River FortClinchAir.jpg Construction of Fort Clinch began in 1847
Fort Cooper State Park Citrus 710 acres
(287 ha)
1977 Lake Holathlikaha
(dried up in 2010)
Fort Cooper Inverness road01.jpg On the Withlacoochee State Trail
Fort Foster Historic Site Hillsborough 30 acres
(12 ha)
1935 none Fort Foster 4.jpg Part of Hillsborough River State Park; replica fort built in 1972
Fort George Island Cultural State Park Duval 1,600 acres
(648 ha)
1949 Atlantic Ocean Fort George Island tabby ruins01.jpg Hurricane Dora connected Anastasia Island and Conch Island in 1964
Fort Mose Historic State Park St. Johns 24 acres
(10 ha)
2005 none St Aug Fort Mose01.jpg National Historic Landmark originally known as Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mosé
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park St. Lucie 340 acres
(138 ha)
1973 Tucker Cove
Atlantic Ocean
Ft Pierce FL Fort Pierce Inlet SP beach02.jpg Used for Frogman training during World War II
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park Monroe 87 acres
(35 ha)
1974 Straits of Florida Fortzacharytaylor.jpg Pre-civil war fort abandoned, restoration began in the late 1960s by volunteers
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park Okaloosa 357 acres
(145 ha)
1966 Rocky Bayou Named in honor of United States Air Force Colonel who preserved site
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail Alachua 16 miles
(26 km)
1989 Boulware Springs Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail east end02.jpg Passes through Paynes Prairie
Gamble Plantation Historic State Park Manatee 87 acres
(35 ha)
1927 Manatee River Gamble Plantation SP mansion01.jpg Sole surviving antebellum mansion in south Florida, once a 3,500-acre (1,416 ha) sugarcane plantation
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Park Flagler 144 acres
(58 ha)
1961 Atlantic Ocean FL Gamble Rogers SRA east side beach01.jpg Renamed from Flagler Beach State Recreation Area in 1992
Gasparilla Island State Park Charlotte
128 acres
(52 ha)
1983 Charlotte Harbor Gasparilla Island SP beach03.jpg Gasparilla Island Lights were lit in 1890
George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park Duval 8,000 ft
(2,440 m)
1999 Nassau Sound
Atlantic Ocean
George Crady Bridge SP02.jpg Pedestrian-only fishing bridge
Grayton Beach State Park Walton 2,200 acres
(891 ha)
1968 Western Lake
Gulf of Mexico
Grayton beach.jpg Popular pristine beach offers cabins & camping, boating, fishing and trails
Henderson Beach State Park Okaloosa 222 acres
(90 ha)
1983 Gulf of Mexico U.S. Air Force Clausen Tracking site until 1951
Highlands Hammock State Park Highlands 9,000 acres
(3,640 ha)
1931 none HighlandsHammockCCC.jpg Unsuccessfully promoted as a national park
Hillsborough River State Park Hillsborough 3,383 acres
(1,370 ha)
1935 Hillsborough River Hillsboro River.JPG Fort Foster is inside the park
Honeymoon Island State Park Pinellas 2,785 acres
(1,128 ha)
1975 Gulf of Mexico Honeymoon Island State Park (Image 1).jpg The north side hosts a nude beach
Hontoon Island State Park Volusia
1,648 acres
(667 ha)
1960 St. Johns River
Hontoon Dead River
Hontoon Island State Park St. Johns River.JPG Accessible only by ferry or boat[16]
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Broward 180 acres
(73 ha)
1941 Atlantic Ocean Ft Laud FL Hugh Taylor Birch SP04.jpg Park is in the middle of urban Fort Lauderdale
Ichetucknee Springs State Park Columbia 2,241 acres
(908 ha)
1972 Ichetucknee River Ichetucknee Springs SP north springs02.jpg Drift tubing and certified cave diving
Indian Key State Historic Site Monroe 10 acres
(4 ha)
1972 Atlantic Ocean Indian Key.jpg First county seat for Dade County; accessible only by boat[17]
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Palm Beach 325 acres
(132 ha)
1989 Lake Worth
Atlantic Ocean
North PB FL MacArthur Beach SP beach east01.jpg A gift from John D. MacArthur to the people of Florida
John Gorrie State Museum Franklin 1 acres
(0 ha)
1958 none Gorriemuseumapalachicola1.jpg Physician John Gorrie patented the first mechanical refrigeration process (air conditioning)
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Monroe 53,000 acres
(21,465 ha)
1963 Atlantic Ocean Molasses11.jpg First underwater park in the United States
John U. Lloyd Beach State Park Broward 310 acres
(126 ha)
1973 Atlantic Ocean Dania Beach FL John U. Lloyd SP beach south01.jpg Named for county attorney who led preservation efforts
Jonathan Dickinson State Park Martin 11,500 acres
(4,658 ha)
1950 Loxahatchee River Two Bucks.jpg Formerly a top-secret radar training school during WWII; now hosts the Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education & Research Center
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park Okeechobee 54,000 acres (21,870 ha) 1997 none Kissimmee Prairie PSP01.jpg The U.S. Army used the land to train B-17 bomber crews during World War II
Koreshan State Historic Site Lee 135 acres
(55 ha)
1983 Estero River Koreshan SHS planetary court02.jpg Home of the Koreshan Unity group
Lafayette Blue Springs State Park Lafayette 702 acres
(284 ha)
2005 Suwannee River Lafayette Blue Springs SP pano01.jpg First magnitude spring with 168 million gallons (636 million liters) per day
Lake Griffin State Park Lake 578 acres
(234 ha)
1968 Dead River
Oklawaha River
Connects Oklawaha to Lake Griffin
Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park Leon 100 acres
(41 ha)
1966 St. Marks River Tallahassee FL Lake Jackson Mounds SP mound02a.jpg Fort Walton Culture capital from 1050–1500
Lake June in Winter Scrub State Park Highlands 845 acres
(342 ha)
1995 Lake June in Winter Lake June in Winter Scrub SP lake pano01.jpg Limited facilities; still under development
Lake Kissimmee State Park Polk 5,930 acres (2,402 ha) 1977 Lake Kissimmee Sandhill cranes at Lake Kissimmee State Park.jpg The 1876 Cow Camp is a living history site with Cracker Cowboys
Lake Louisa State Park Lake 4,372 acres (1,771 ha) 1974 Lake Louisa Lake Louisa State Park.jpg Park includes the Green Swamp and six lakes
Lake Manatee State Park Manatee 556 acres
(225 ha)
1970 Lake Manatee Lake Manatee SP lake pano01.jpg 60-site campground was opened in 1986
Lake Talquin State Park Leon
526 acres
(213 ha)
1971 Lake Talquin NELkTalquin-Oct2007.JPG Lake Talquin is a 10,000 acre (4,047 ha) reservoir created by the Jackson Bluff Dam on the Ochlockonee River
Letchworth Mounds Archaeological State Park Jefferson 188 acres
(76 ha)
1998 Lake Miccosukee Letchworth Mounds01.jpg Site of the tallest prehistoric, Native American ceremonial earthwork mound in Florida
Lignumvitae Key State Botanical Park Monroe 10,481 acres
(4,245 ha)
1971 Florida Bay
Gulf of Mexico
Access via private boat or tour boat; daily visitors are limited[18]
Little Manatee River State Park Hillsborough 2,433 acres
(985 ha)
1974 Little Manatee River Little Manatee River SP river01.jpg Park includes equestrian trails and campsites
Little Talbot Island State Park Duval 1,600 acres
(648 ha)
1949 Atlantic Ocean Little Talbot Island - Myrtle Creek.jpg Part of Talbot Islands State Parks
Long Key State Park Monroe 965 acres
(391 ha)
1969 Atlantic Ocean Long Key.jpg Grand resort was destroyed by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935
Lovers Key / Carl E. Johnson State Park Lee 712 acres
(288 ha)
1983 Gulf of Mexico Fort Myers Beach FL Lovers Key SP north01.jpg Lovers Key State Park merged with Carl Johnson County Park in 1996
Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park Lake
17,405 acres
(7,049 ha)
1976 Wekiva River
St. Johns River
Lower Wekiwa River Preserve SP02.jpg Wildlife corridor to the Ocala National Forest
Madira Bickel Mound State Archeological Site Manatee 10 acres
(4 ha)
1970 Tampa Bay Terra Ceia FL Madira Bickel SP01.jpg Named for the owners who donated it to the state in 1948
Madison Blue Springs State Park Madison 1 acres
(1 ha)
2000 Withlacoochee River Madison Blue Springs SP spring01.jpg First magnitude spring
Manatee Springs State Park Levy 2,443 acres
(989 ha)
1949 Manatee Springs Manatee Springs State Park Florida springs05.jpg First magnitude spring
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park Alachua 99 acres
(40 ha)
1970 none Mkrawlingshouse.jpg 1930s farm and citrus orchard
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Clay 2,000 acres
(810 ha)
1935 Little Lake Johnson Gold Head Branch SP ravine02.jpg Hiking and Equestrian trails
Mound Key Archeological State Park Lee 113 acres
(46 ha)
1970 Estero Bay Accessible only by boat - no facilities[19]
Myakka River State Park Sarasota
37,000 acres
(14,985 ha)
1941 Myakka River
Upper Myakka Lake
Myakka-Prairie.jpg Land partly donated by Bertha Palmer, pioneer farmer, rancher & developer
Natural Bridge Battlefield State Historic Site Leon 113 acres
(46 ha)
1949 St. Marks River Natural Bridge Monument.jpg Site of the second largest Civil War battle in Florida
North Peninsula State Park Volusia 534 acres
(216 ha)
1984 Atlantic Ocean NPSP-0246.JPG Metal pieces from the wreck of the North Western, which sank prior to World War II, have emerged on the beach
Okeechobee Battlefield State Park Okeechobee 211 acres
(85 ha)
2007 Lake Okeechobee Okeechobee FL Battlefield01.jpg Battle site during the Second Seminole War
O'Leno State Park Columbia 6,000 acres
(2,430 ha)
1940 Santa Fe River OLeno SP - Footbridge.jpg Many facilities built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s
Ochlockonee River State Park Wakulla 392 acres
(159 ha)
1970 Ochlockonee River
Dead River
Ochlockonee River SP river02.jpg Many older trees show scars from turpentine industry
Oleta River State Park Miami-Dade 1,043 acres
(422 ha)
1986 Oleta River
Biscayne Bay
Beach at Oleta River State Park.jpg Park has high numbers of the invasive species Casuarina (Australian Pine)
Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park Baker 43 acres
(17 ha)
1949 none First State Historic Monument in 1909
Orman House State Park Franklin 1 acres
(1 ha)
2001 Apalachicola River Apalachicola Orman House07.jpg House built in 1838
Oscar Scherer State Park Sarasota 1,400 acres
(567 ha)
1956 South Creek
Lake Osprey
Major habitat of the Florida Scrub Jay
Paynes Creek Historic State Park Hardee 410 acres
(166 ha)
1981 Paynes Creek Paynes Creek SP pano01.jpg Site of Fort Chokonikla and the Kennedy-Darling trading post during the Seminole Wars
Paynes Prairie State Preserve Alachua 21,000 acres
(8,505 ha)
1971 Lake Wauburg Paynesprairiegainesville1.jpg Savanna formerly occupied by Seminole Indians
Perdido Key State Park Escambia 290 acres
(117 ha)
1978 Gulf of Mexico Pensacola FL Perdido Key SP access02.jpg A barrier island
Ponce de Leon Springs State Park Holmes 420 acres
(170 ha)
1970 Mill Creek
Sandy Creek
Ponce De Leon SP06.jpg 14 million gallons (53 million liters) of 68 °F (20 °C) water outflow daily
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park Duval 3,896 acres
(1,578 ha)
2003 Atlantic Ocean Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve SP entr01.jpg Part of Talbot Islands State Parks
Rainbow Springs State Park Marion 1,472 acres
(596 ha)
1990 Rainbow River 600 million gallons (2.3 billion liters) of 68 °F (20 °C) water outflow daily
Ravine Gardens State Park Putnam 59 acres
(24 ha)
1934 St. Johns River Ravinegardens01.jpg Gardens built by Works Progress Administration in 1933
River Rise Preserve State Park Columbia 4,500 acres
(1,823 ha)
1974 Santa Fe River Location where Santa Fe River reemerges after 3 miles (4.8 km) underground
Rock Springs Run State Reserve Lake 14,150 acres
(5,731 ha)
1983 Wekiva River Rock Springs Run Preserve SP01.jpg Joins Wekiwa Spring run to create the Wekiva River
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park Alachua 7,360 acres
(2,981 ha)
1974 small water bodies San Felasco Hammock entr01.jpg A mature Florida forest and wildlife habitat with hiking, biking, and horse trails
San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park Wakulla 17 acres
(7 ha)
1964 Wakulla River
St. Marks River
StMarksFrtBombproofWall.JPG History of this national landmark dates to 1528
San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park Monroe 644 acres
(261 ha)
1989 Atlantic Ocean Dutch-built ship sank in a hurricane on July 13, 1733
Savannas Preserve State Park St. Lucie 6,000 acres
(2,430 ha)
1977 Indian River Jensen Beach FL Savannas Preserve SP01.jpg Area around Jensen Beach was known as the “Pineapple Capital of the World” from 1895 to 1920
Seabranch Preserve State Park Martin 7,360 acres
(2,981 ha)
1992 Indian River lagoon Four different natural habitats within short distance
Sebastian Inlet State Park Brevard
Indian River
755 acres
(306 ha)
1970 Sebastian Inlet SebastianInletStatePark.jpg Park never closes; second fmost visited Florida park
Silver River State Park Marion 5,000 acres
(2,025 ha)
1987 Silver River Ocala Silver River Park - River01.jpg Spring headwaters constitutes Silver Springs Nature Theme Park a private company
Skyway Fishing Pier State Park Hillsborough
26,000 ft
(10,530 m)
1994 Tampa Bay Sunshine skyway pier 01.jpg Utilizes approaches to old Sunshine Skyway Bridge, following the 1980 collision by MV Summit Venture and construction of a new bridge.
St. Andrews State Park Bay 1,200 acres
(486 ha)
1950 Gulf of Mexico
Grand Lagoon
PC St Andrews SP GofM06.jpg Named "America’s Best Beach" in 1995
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park Martin 928 acres
(376 ha)
1965 Atlantic Ocean Barrier island accessible only by boat[20]
St. Marks River State Park Leon 2,589 acres
(1,049 ha)
2007 St. Marks River Florida's 161st state park
St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park Brevard
Indian River
22,000 acres
(8,910 ha)
1995 St. Sebastian River St. Sebastian River Pres SP FL SE area01.jpg The Hernandez-Capron Trail was built to link St. Augustine with Fort Pierce during the Second Seminole War
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park Hamilton 800 acres
(324 ha)
1950 Suwannee River Carillon tower with 97 tubular bells plays Foster's songs every day
Stump Pass Beach State Park Charlotte 245 acres
(99 ha)
1971 Gulf of Mexico Stump Pass Beach SP beach02.jpg Day park consisting of three islands offer swimming & boating, shelling & hiking, fishing & diving
Suwannee River State Park Suwannee 1,800 acres
(729 ha)
1951 Suwannee River
Withlacoochee River
The 1860 Columbus Cemetery, pieces from an 1800s sawmill, and Civil War earthworks are points of interest
T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park Gulf 1,900 acres
(770 ha)
1967 Gulf of Mexico St Joseph Peninsula FL SP beach north01.jpg Dedicated to the former owner, who sold it to the U.S. Army in World War II
Tarkiln Bayou Escambia 4,290 acres
(1,737 ha)
1998 Perdido Bay Pensacola FL Tarkiln Bayou SP Claire bdwlk06.jpg Limited facilities; nature trails, picnic tables and a bathroom
Three Rivers State Park Jackson 686 acres
(278 ha)
1955 Chattahoochee River; Flint River
Lake Seminole
3RivStPkLkSmnl2008.JPG The 1947 Jim Woodruff Dam created Lake Seminole; the outflow is the Apalachicola River
Terra Ceia Preserve State Park Manatee 1,932 acres
(783 ha)
2000? Tampa Bay Land acquired by the state and Southwest Florida Water Management District
Tomoka State Park Volusia 1,800 acres
(729 ha)
1945 Tomoka River Urban park completely surrounded by development
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Walton 1,643 acres
(665 ha)
1992 Gulf of Mexico Site of munitions testing range during World War II
Torreya State Park Liberty 13,737 acres
(5,563 ha)
1935 Apalachicola River Torreyapark03.jpg Park named after the endangered Torreya tree
Troy Springs State Park Suwannee
84 acres
(34 ha)
1995 Suwannee River First magnitude spring; the Civil War steamboat "Madison" was scuttled there in 1863
Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park Levy 30,784 acres (12,468 ha) 2005 Gulf of Mexico Accessible only by boat; no recreational facilities[21]
Washington Oaks State Gardens Flagler 21 acres
(9 ha)
1964 Atlantic Ocean Washington Oaks State Gardens.jpg Park has formal gardens, citrus groves, and house
Wekiwa Springs State Park Orange 7,723 acres (3,128 ha) 1969 Wekiva River Wekiwa Run.jpg 42 million gallons (159 million liters) of 72 °F (22 °C) water outflow daily
Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park Pasco 3,400 acres (1,377 ha) 2001 Gulf of Mexico Werner-boyce01.jpg Named for the Werner-Boyce Preserve purchased by Pasco County in 1994; undeveloped
Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park Suwannee 733 acres
(297 ha)
1986 Suwannee River Image-Peacock Springs Entrance.jpg 28,000 feet (8,534 m) of explored passageways make it one of the largest locations for cave diving in the U.S.
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Monroe 32 acres
(13 ha)
1986 Atlantic Ocean WindleyKeyFRGStatePark.jpg Quary provided Keystone (limestone) for the Overseas Railroad in 1908
Ybor City Museum State Park Hillsborough 1 acre
(0 ha)
1976 none Tampa Ybor City Museum01.jpg Shows the history of Tampa's cigar industry and Latin influence
Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park Duval 1,600 acres
(648 ha)
1949 Atlantic Ocean Confederate camp constructed during the American Civil War
Yellow River Marsh Preserve State Park Santa Rosa 11,000 acres
(4,455 ha)
2000 Yellow River One of Florida's last remaining tracts of wet prairie; no recreation facilities
Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins State Historic Site Citrus 6 acres
(2 ha)
1953 Homosassa River Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins01.jpg Senator David Levy Yulee built the mill on his 5,100-acre (2,064 ha) plantation, Margarita, in 1851

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