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Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

 About Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Seminole reenactor. Photo by Bonnie Gearhart.

A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER

Bill Gruber

Summer was an active time here at Dade Battlefield, what with two day camps and a myriad of craft classes and other programs, but as we move into cooler months the pace picks up considerably.

The staff and volunteers are excited as we head into a new event season that will include our annual Native American Pow-Wow; A Road Back in Time; the Haunted Hayride and Trail; Frank Thomas Folk Heritage and Music Festival; Christmas on the Florida Frontier and much more, always highlighted by the annual battle reenactment each January. Check the listings under the Events tab often for new updates on programs, classes and other activities here in your state park.

Of course this is also a great time for hiking and picnics in the park. Pavilions provide shade and seating, and the nearby playground is a magnet for youngsters. Try hiking our beautiful nature trail, which loops through longleaf pine flatwoods that appear much as they did in pioneer times. Birding and wildlife photography are popular pastimes here.

History buffs will want to spend time in the air conditioned visitor center and museum. An award-winning 12-minute video tells about the battle from which the park gets its name, and historical displays including period artifacts help bring the past to life. Hats, t-shirts, books and other items are available for purchase at the visitor center, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the year.

Mark your calendars for the next reenactment of Dade's Battle of 1835, January 3 and 4, 2015. While the battle reenactment is our best-known and most eagerly awaited event, there are many others throughout the year. Again, be sure to click the events link above for current information. If you are interested in helping with a special event, or have questions, please call the park office at 352-793-4781.

We have limited resident volunteer campsites, and area residents who wish to volunteer in the park are always welcome and appreciated. We especially need local volunteers in the summer months, when many seasonal volunteers head north just as the grassy areas and trails head into their growth spurts. Please call the park office at 352-793-4781 for more information on volunteering. Volunteers make the many events and activities offered at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park possible, just as they helped your Florida State Parks win the Gold Medal Award for being the best in the nation.

DESIGNATIONS

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GETTING HERE

  • Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is located in Bushnell between I-75 to the west and U.S. Highway 301 to the east.
    • FROM I-75: Take Bushnell Exit 314 and head east toward downtown Bushnell on County Road 48. Just past the True Value hardware store on the right, turn right onto CR 603 (Battlefield Parkway). Follow CR 603 to the end. It dead ends in the park.
    • FROM U.S. 301 in downtown Bushnell, head west on County Road 48. Turn left onto CR 603 (Battlefield Parkway). Follow CR 603 to the end. It dead ends in the park.
    • PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT follow GPS directions that take you to County Road 650. This will bring you to a locked service gate at the back of the park.

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