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Parks and Recreation Areas of Florida
Your travel source with a personal
I suggest you purchase the book
Florida before visiting Florida. Everyone visiting Florida (or
living there) should have this book in their travel bookcase. Another
interesting book is
Off The Beaten Path. Another good book is
Florida Keys and The Everglades. A must if you
plan to visit the Keys.
Florida Driving Tour for an interesting tour along the Atlantic
Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The tour includes a lot of ideas for state parks
and recreation areas.
Florida is filled with interesting state parks and recreation areas along with about a dozen national
park and recreation area. Some of my personal favorites would include:
Everglades National Park is the only subtropical
preserve in North America. It contains both temperate and tropical plant
communities, including sawgrass prairies, mangrove and cypress swamps,
pinelands, and hardwood hammocks, as well as marine and estuarine
environments. The park is known for its rich bird life, particularly large
wading birds, such as the roseate spoonbill, wood stork, great blue heron
and a variety of egrets. It is also the only place in the world where
alligators and crocodiles exist side by side. Click on
Everglades for travel guides, brochures, and money savers to help
you plan your visit.
National Scenic Trail offers hikers a chance to discover the natural beauty
of many of Florida's wild and rural areas. The Florida Trail will one day extend
1,300 miles, from
Islands National Seashore in Florida's western panhandle to
Cypress National Preserve in south Florida. Currently over 700 miles
of certified Florida National Scenic Trail stretch across some of the State's
most picturesque areas:
Ocala, and Osceola National Forests;
Marks National Wildlife Refuge; Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad
State Trail; South Florida Water Management District lands, including Kicco,
Bluff Hammock, and lower Kissimmee sections; Avon Park Bombing and Gunnery
Cypress National Preserve.
Wakulla Springs (Love the hotel there!)
and St. George Island
For information on these, and all of the park and recreation areas in Florida, contact the National Park Service (National Park Service) and the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Recreation and Parks,
MS 535, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32399, 850/488-9872.Ask for the Florida State Parks Guide. You can also receive excellent information (Especially if you are a fisherman.) by contacting the Florida Department of Natural Resources, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32399,
850/488-5757 and the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600, 850/488-4676.
Fort De Soto is located in
the southwest corner of Mullet Key, at the entrance to Tampa Bay. The
entire island is now Fort De Soto Park,
Pinellas county park which offers fine beaches, fishing, nature
trails, camping, boating, and much more. In the same area you will
Sand Key County
Beach Park, listed as one of the top
20 beaches in the nation. It is located just north of the
Sand Key Sheraton. Sand Key County Park is just one of many area
"secrets". If you enjoy restful and relaxing beaches, make it a
point to visit it during your stay on the Florida SunCoast.
State Recreation Area is a pristine oasis of wide, white, sandy beaches and rolling
sea oat-covered dunes on the Gulf of Mexico. It is
located just 15 miles south of the center of Pensacola, Florida on the
barrier island, Perdido Key. The 247 acres of Perdido Key
SRA provides a habitat for shore birds and other coastal animals.