Area State Parks
Located at the east end of Panama City Beach, St. Andrew’s State Park is a place where outdoor adventure enthusiasts come to get their fix of natural beauty. The former military reservation site offers over a mile of white sands and waters that are perfect for snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, and more. Fishing lovers will be happy to know that the park has two piers. Here you can experience the true beauty of the Gulf. It is open daily from 8 am.
Is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on three sides, and Lake Powell – one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida - on the fourth. Prehistoric middens and mounds indicate that humans inhabited the area more than 4,000 years ago. From 1945 until 1987 Camp Helen was a company resort for the employees of an Alabama textile mill. Some of those buildings have now been restored. The 180-acre park is for day use only. Activities include swimming, beachcombing, nature study, hiking and both freshwater and saltwater fishing. <
Wakulla Springs State Park:
Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer, and birds. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife, and glass bottom boat tours are offered when the water is clear. Swimming is a popular activity during the hot summer months. A nature trail offers a leisurely walk along the upland wooded areas of the park. The Wakulla Springs Lodge was built in 1937 by financier Edward Ball and is open year-round. A full-service dining room overlooks the spring; lodge meeting facilities offer an excellent place for retreats. Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge is listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Natural Landmark.
Falling Waters State Park:
Huge trees and fern-covered sinkholes line Sink Hole Trail, the boardwalk that leads visitors to Florida’s highest waterfall. Falling Waters Sink is a 100-foot deep, 20-foot wide cylindrical pit into which flows a small stream that drops 73 feet to the bottom of the sink. The water’s final destination remains unknown. Only a few miles south of I-10, the park provides travelers with a quiet, serene stop on their journey. Visitors can see beautiful native and migrating butterflies in the butterfly garden, take a dip in the lake, or have a family picnic. Hikers can experience the verdant, gently sloping landscape of North Florida. Park rangers host interpretive programs in the amphitheater. Full-facility campsites nestled in a shady pine forest provide the perfect excuse for an overnight stay at Falling Waters.
Florida Caverns State Park:
One of the few state parks with dry (air filled) caves and the only Florida state park to offer cave tours to the public. The cave has dazzling formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones and draperies. Florida Caverns is also popular for camping, swimming, fishing, picnicking, canoeing, boating, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Though the park does not rent horses, stables are available for equestrian campers. Cave tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and are considered to be moderately strenuous. An audiovisual program, touring the cave and other natural areas of the park, is available in the visitor center.
Official State List.
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach 32413
Constitution Convention Museum State Park
200 Allen Memorial Way, Port St. Joe 32456
Deer Lake State Park
6721 East County Road 30A, Santa Rosa Beach 32459
Eden Gardens State Park
County Road 395, Point Washington 32454
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs 32327
Falling Waters State Park
1130 State Park Road, Chipley 32428
Florida Caverns State Park
3345 Caverns Road, Marianna 32446
Grayton Beach State Park
357 Main Park Road, Santa Rosa Beach 32459
Henderson Beach State Park
17000 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin 32541
John Gorrie Museum State Park
46 Sixth Street, Apalachicola 32320
Lake Talquin State Park
14850 Jack Vause Landing Road, Tallahassee 32310
Ponce de Leon Springs State Park
2860 Ponce de Leon Springs Road, Ponce de Leon 32455
St. Andrews State Park
4607 State Park Lane, Panama City 32408
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach 32459
Torreya State Park
2576 N.W. Torreya Park Road, Bristol 32321
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