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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

 About Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Pink and white camellia in full bloom.


Elizabeth Weidner

NOTE 11/5/14:  The Southern Connector section of the park's Bike Trails will be closed to public use on Thursday and Friday, November 5 and 6, 2014.  This temporary closure is required for safety as part of an exotics plant control project underway in that area of the park.  Large camphor trees will be cut down and may fall on or near the bike trail.  All other bike loops, as well as the shared-use trail, will remain open during this time.  Please call the park office at 850-245-2200, for further information or with any questions. 


Fall is for planting, and gardens staff are busy putting in new annual flowers in beds and containers throughout the Gardens, as well as planting dogwoods, azaleas and other flowering shrubs and trees.  It’s important to keep new plantings well watered during dry weather, but as the weather cools and rains become more frequent, plants in our area are able to become well established before spring weather brings new top growth and flowers.  Roots will continue to grow through the winter, resulting in plants that are ready to thrive and bloom when spring arrives. 

Many other park improvements are underway as fall is a great time for painting, cleaning and general sprucing up.  Improvements are on-going on the Lake Overstreet trails, in the Lake Hall Recreation Area, as well as the Gardens and throughout the park.  Fall weather brings many people into the park to enjoy all the usage areas. 

We are gearing up for the upcoming blooming season that will arrive with the New Year. But before that, we’re preparing for Camellia Christmas, our annual holiday celebration, scheduled for December 5, 2014. Hot apple cider, cookies, caroling throughout the Gardens, walkways lighted with candlelight, and best of all, the Maclay House decked out in holiday greenery – all combine for a magical evening and a great non-commercial way to kick-off the holiday season.  The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. and is free, however, donations are gratefully accepted to help cover costs.

Fall is also a great time for volunteering in the park.  Volunteers learn while doing, and help with a wide variety of jobs, from helping the gardeners, to trail and shop maintenance projects, to serving as docents in the visitor center or Maclay House.  Complete training is provided and park volunteers get together monthly to share a brown-bag lunch, tell stories, and learn about all that is going on in the park.  To join the ranks or for more information, please call 850-245-2200.

Please plan to join us this fall, whether for a walk through the Gardens; a hike, bike or horse ride on the Lake Overstreet trails; kayaking, canoeing or picnicking at the Lake Hall Recreation area; or joining us as a volunteer.  Fall has lots to offer at Maclay Gardens!


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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens is located .5 miles north on I-10 on U.S. 319/Thomasville Road. Turn west on Maclay Road. The park is a short distance on the right.


  • Volunteer -

    Volunteering at Maclay Gardens enables you to learn new skills while teaching others. From working in the garden or leading garden tours to Maclay House or visitor center docents, volunteers are an essential key to the park's success. To learn more about volunteering at Maclay, contact Ginger Nichols (850) 487-4115.

  • For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
  • Friends of Maclay Gardens
  • 3540 Thomasville Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32309



  • Florida State Parks Pet Policy
  • Pets must be on a six-foot, hand-held leash and are only permitted in the Lake Hall recreation area or on the Lake Overstreet trails.