Message from Our Director

Chuck Hatcher

May is ushering in warmer weather and summertime is just around the corner.

That means it is time to plan your next adventure at one of Florida’s state parks and trails. 

May’s mild temperatures provide the perfect opportunity for getting outside. It’s a nice time of year to enjoy the Sunshine State by paddling our rivers, clear spring runs and calm lakes. Find places to paddle at Florida’s state parks or from this guide to designated paddling trails

If saltwater is more your style, Florida’s state parks offer more than 100 miles of beaches, perfect for swimming, playing in the surf, building sandcastles, collecting shells and casting a line to catch a fish. Be sure to watch the beach flags for safety.  

I want to encourage you to attend the Florida Folk Festival, which will be held from May 26-28 at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. This three-day event celebrates all things Florida and all things folk. This year’s line-up of performances promises to be top notch. Purchase your tickets here

With Memorial Day on May 29, I’d like to close by saying thank you to all our veterans, active-duty military members and their families. We appreciate all you do and join with you to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. 

See you in the parks,

Chuck Hatcher, Director

Florida State Parks