Walk Florida State Parks

The Real Florida


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THE REAL FLORIDA is beautiful, but subject to the vagaries of Florida weather. Be sure to carry water. October through May is the best time for walking Florida state parks and forests. During the wet season (June through September) trails may be flooded. Alternate routes are available at some events for this contingency. Contact the park for trail conditions. Take time to experience other delights of our Florida Parks & Preserves.  Rent a canoe, or a bike.  Visit a museum, a preserved home, or a living history site. Spot manatees from a boardwalk.  Relax on a beach, or snorkel in a bubbling spring.  Float down a river on an Eco-tour boat.  Take a buggy tour.  And there’s much more!

Camping & Cabins: Call the individual parks for camping information and to inquire about pet restrictions. State Park camping reservations are handled through ReserveAmerica: 800-326-3521. Not all parks offer camping or allow pets in all areas.

Park Entrance Fees are necessary at some parks in order to preserve and protect our beautiful Real Florida. Park fees vary and are subject to change. Annual Park Passes are available and will provide entry into all of Florida’s State Parks.

Big Lagoon State Park    Walk Link                                                         
West Pensacola FL, (Escambia County)

AVA Special Programs:  Boardwalks, Amphitheaters,  Walk USA A-Z: P.

Perdido Key Volkssport Club

View Park at FSP website

Natural communities, ranging from saltwater marshes to pine flatwoods, attract a wide variety of birds, especially during the spring and fall migrations, while the beaches, shallow bays, nature trails and open woodlands offer splendid opportunities for nature study.


Camp Helen State Park   Walk Link                                                          
Panama City Beach FL, (Bay County)

AVA Special Programs:  Animal Safari, Boardwalks, Walking the USA A - Z: P

View Park at FSP website

Emerald Coast Volkssport Club Sponsored

Visitors can explore an environment rich in natural and cultural resources. The park is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on three sides, and by Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida. Prehistoric middens and mounds indicate that humans inhabited the area more than 4,000 years ago.




Walk Florida State Parks Brochure

Blue Springs State Park Walk Link (Seasonal - 1 Jan to 31 Mar)                              

Orange City, FL (Volusia County)

AVA Special Programs: Boardwalks, Walking America's Ports of Call, Walking the USA A - Z: O.

Happy Wanderers Sponsored - View Park at FSP website

Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. John's River. Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. During manatee season, which approximately runs from mid-November through March, several hundred manatee can be viewed atop the spring’s overlooks. The park reaches capacity in the summer swimming season and in the winter manatee season.  We recommend arriving early to ensure entrance into the park.

MANATEE CAM: Watch the manatees at Blue Spring State Park courtesy of the Manatee Cam

(link is external) by Save the Manatee Club.


Hontoon Island State Park Walk Link

DeLand, FL (Volusia County)

AVA Special Programs: Boardwalks, Walking the USA A - Z: D

Happy Wanderers Sponsored - View Park at FSP web site

This island, located in the St. Johns River in Volusia County, welcomes visitors to enjoy nature and history in quiet solitude. The island is accessible only by private boat or park ferry. Evidence of Native American habitation over thousands of years can be witnessed as visitors hike through the park. Stop in and walk through the impressive visitor center to learn more about the many inhabitants and uses of Hontoon Island over the years. Boating, canoeing, and fishing are popular activities and canoe rentals are available. Picnic areas include tables, grills, and a playground. Overnight boat slip rentals are also available. The park's ferry operates daily from 8:00 a.m. to one hour before sunset. Located six miles west of Deland off State Road 44.


Honeymoon Island State Park Walk Link (Seasonal - 1 Jan to 31 Mar)

Dunedin, FL (Pinellas County)

AVA Special Programs -: Animal Safari, Food For Thought, Points of Reference, Trekking With the Trees, Walking the USA A - Z: D

Suncoast Sandpipers Sponsored - View Park at FSP web site

Nature lovers will find osprey nests, a wide variety of shorebirds, and one of the few remaining virgin slash pine forests in South Florida. The park boasts several nature trails and bird observation areas. Visitors can swim, fish, and snorkel in the warm waters of the Gulf or picnic while they enjoy the beautiful scenery. Shelling is particularly good here, as the Gulf currents deposit an incredible variety of seashells on the shore. Showers are available and the park's concession has a gift shop and snack bar. The pioneers called it Hog Island, but it became Honeymoon Isle in 1939 when a New York developer built 50 palm - thatched bungalows for honeymooners. Today, visitors can drive across Dunedin Causeway to enjoy the sun-drenched Gulf beaches, mangrove swamps, and tidal flats.Located at the extreme west end of State Road 586. WEBCAM: Check out live shots of the beach at Honeymoon Island State Park


Boat dock to Island


Wekiwa Springs State Park Walk Link

Apopka, FL (Orange & Seminole Counties)

AVA Special Programs: Boardwalks, Honoring Our Flag, Walking the USA A - Z: A

Mid-Florida Milers Sponsored - View Park at FSP website

Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, the beautiful vistas within this park offer a glimpse of what Central Florida looked like when Timucuan Indians fished and hunted these lands. Just one hour from most central Florida attractions, Wekiwa Springs offers visitors the opportunity to relax in a natural setting, enjoy a picnic, or take a swim in the cool spring.  Thirteen miles of trails provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run.  Canoe and kayak rentals are available from the park's concessionaire.  Options for camping include a full facility campground and primitive camping areas.  This is a very popular park, particularly on summer weekends. To ensure entrance, we recommend arriving early; otherwise, the parking area will be full and you may not be able to enter.