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Florida Caverns State Park

 About Florida Caverns State Park

A freshwater springs awaits its guests.

A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER

Chris Hawthorne

            With summer in full swing many people are excitedly starting their summer vacations all around the nation. Florida Caverns would like to help create lasting memories that are filled with laughter and learning. The 1,300 acre park provides ample opportunities to do that very thing. Want to teach your children about the great outdoors? Try one of our hiking trails and learn what flora and fauna are found in a hardwood forest versus a floodplain. Prefer to cover geology instead? Take a tour of the underground and walk through the Ocala Limestone strata full of fossils such as the chambered nautilus. Is history your passion? The park is full of that as well. Talk to one of the rangers and they can tell you of Native Americans using the caves to avoid Andrew Jackson’s men during the Seminole Wars. The Visitor Center, housing a museum and a gift shop, is a living testimony of the hard work and meticulous craftsmanship of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Geo-caching, bird watching, fishing and even picnicking can make the day fly by in fun. Come make a memory with us today! 

 

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            Cave tours are CLOSED on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week.
Canoe rentals are available at the Ranger Station on days the cave tours are closed.

            Please be aware our cave tours sometimes sell out so call our Ranger Station the day you plan to arrive, prior to departing for the park to ensure that all tours have not sold out for that day (850) 482-1228.

 

                                                   ***  UPCOMING EVENTS  ***

 

*           “National Public Lands Day”       September 28th        10 am to 2 pm ct

Florida Caverns State Park will host the National Public Lands Day Event from 10:00 am until 2:00 p.m. CST on Sunday, September 28th 2014.  Explore your back yard and the many hidden treasures Florida has to offer.  This event will offer, guide nature walks, wildlife exhibits, and an array of interpretive programs all free with paid park admission.

 

*           “Spirit of The Caverns”                November 14th & 15th

            “Come join the Friends of Florida Caverns State Park for the 2014 Annual “Spirit of the Caverns Event”. The event will exhibit ways of life from days gone by and showcase the lives and times of people who have used the land that is now the park from the time of the Native Americans who hunted, fished, and utilized the area caves to the CCC and WPA who developed the park during the New Deal Era. The event will feature first-person demonstrations and rural life exhibits as well as children’s games and food vendors. The event will be held November 14th and 15th 2014 with the 14th as a school day and the 15th as a general public day. The event is made possible through the volunteers of the Friends of Florida Caverns State Park, information on this organization including how to get involved can be found at the organization’s website www.friendsoffloridacaverns.org and anyone interested in volunteering with event coordination, demonstration, or participation can call the park’s event coordinator Kelly Banta at 850-482-1228 or for information on volunteering to help the park in general or joining the Friends of Florida Caverns can call the volunteer coordinator Billy Bailey at 850-482-1228.”

 

                   Florida Caverns State Park is here to serve and meet your family’s needs.
 

                                               Please stop by and enjoy your park.

 

 

 

DESIGNATIONS

The Great Florida Birding Trail Logo The Florida's Springs Logo The Learning in Florida's Environment (LIFE) Logo Trail of Florida's Indian Heritage Logo Greenways and Trails Designated Site Logo

GETTING HERE

Florida Caverns State Park is located three miles north of Marianna, off of U.S. 90 on State Road 166. From Tallahassee, take I-10 west to exit 142, turn right on Highway 71 and travel north to Highway 90. Turn left. Follow brown park signs. From Pensacola: Take I-10 east to exit 136, turn left on Highway 276, travel north to Highway 90. Turn right. Follow brown park signs.

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CONCESSIONAIRES

  • Florida Caverns Gift Shop - Merchandise sales and rental of recreational equipment.

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