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Parks and Recreation Areas of Florida

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I suggest you purchase the book Hidden Florida before visiting Florida. Everyone visiting Florida (or living there) should have this book in their travel bookcase. Another interesting book is Florida Off The Beaten Path. Another good book is Hidden Florida Keys and The Everglades. A must if you plan to visit the Keys.

Click on Circling 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 The Everglades for travel guides, brochures, and money savers to help you plan your visit.

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, a Pinellas county park which offers fine beaches, fishing, nature trails, camping, boating, and much more.  In the same area you will find 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.

Perdido Key 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.

The Florida 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 Gulf Islands National Seashore in Florida's western panhandle to Big 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: Apalachicola, Ocala, and Osceola National Forests; St. 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 Range; and Big Cypress National Preserve.



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