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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

 Activities at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Bicycling

Bicycling

The Lake Overstreet portion of the park offers approximately five miles of multi-use trails that can be used for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. These trails afford views of Lake Overstreet and a ravine system that rivals those of North Georgia. In addition, approximately three miles of designated bike trails provide scenic biking on the Overstreet property. Lake Overstreet is for use by wildlife only, and for scenic viewing by people. The park offers a limited number of bicycles for rent. Check for availability at the Ranger Station as you enter the park.

Boat Ramp

Boat Ramp

A boat ramp is available. Gasoline motors cannot be used from the park boat ramp.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Lake Hall is excellent for kayaking, paddle boating, using small sailboats and canoeing for those with experience. Only boats without motors or with electric motors are allowed. Visitors are reminded that most of the lake's shorline is private property. Please respect the property of others. The park offers a limited number of kayaks and paddle boats for rent. Check for availability at the Ranger Station as you enter the park.

Fishing

Fishing

Largemouth bass, bream and bluegill are caught in Lake Hall. A Florida freshwater fishing license is required. Fishing is not allowed in Lake Overstreet.

Gardens

Gardens

First planted in 1923, the gardens at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park are a floral masterpiece. Hundreds of camellias and azaleas mix with dogwoods, magnolias and a variety of other trees for a spectacular array of blooms from December through April. The gardens feature a picturesque brick walkway, a secret garden, a reflection pool and a walled garden.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

The Big Pine and Boy Scout nature trails meander through the wooded hillsides overlooking Lake Hall. Novice hikers could expect to walk the distance of either trail in less than one hour. Multi-use trails on the Lake Overstreet portion of the park provide over 5 miles of trails for hiking or jogging.

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Horse/Equestrian Trail

The Lake Overstreet portion of the park offers approximately five miles of multi-use trails that can be used for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. These trails afford views of Lake Overstreet and a ravine system that rivals those of North Georgia. In addition, approximately three miles of designated bike trails provide scenic biking on the Overstreet property. Lake Overstreet is for use by wildlife only, and for scenic viewing by people.

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive exhibits are available at Maclay House.

Meetings & Retreats

Meetings & Retreats

The historic Gardener's Cottage is available for meetings or receptions.

Picnicking

Picnicking

The picnic area overlooking Lake Hall is the most picturesque in north Florida with a large picnic pavilion available for rental. Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited.

Playground

Playground

There is a playground within the park, which has state of the art equipment as well as benches to sit on.

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming is available in designated areas of Lake Hall Recreation Area.

Tours

Tours

Self-guided garden tours are aided by a Gardens Walking Tour brochure, available at the Ranger Station. Guided group tours are available upon request, with a three weeks notice to allow for scheduling. During the peak blooming period, guided tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays, depending upon availability of staffing and volunteers.

Weddings

Weddings

Many brides and grooms get married in the beautiful gardens at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. For information about weddings in the Gardens, please call Fairytale Weddings and Special Events, Inc. at (850) 524-1661 or go to Fairytale Services.

For more information, see our weddings at Maclay Gardens

 

 

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Maclay Gardens is home to a variety of Florida wildlife, including white tail deer, bobcat, and alligators. Various species of fish and reptiles inhabit Lake Hall and Lake Overstreet, and birds of all shapes and sizes can be found throughout the entire year.