Alerts for Florida State Parks and Trails

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Seasonal Closure

During the Summer months when we receive an abundance of rain, the Thatcher Road entrance to access the river will be periodically closed for visitor safety. Please contact the ranger station to find out the status of this entrance.

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Events cause bike trail closures

Race events cause bike trail closures whether they are running events or bike events. Please visit the events page to see when these closures may be.

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GPS Navigation Issues

Some mapping software is leading visitors to a fictitious entrance for the Park. The main park entrance leading to the ranger station and campground is located on County Road 39, NOT on Jameson Road. Please call the park office at 813-672-5320 if you require directions.

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Use of Drones

Drones are prohibited to land and/or takeoff in Avalon State Park. For more information please contact the Ranger station (772) 468-3985

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Atlantic side beaches remain closed

Loggerhead Beach and Sandspur Beach and campground remain closed for storm restoration

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Campground Playground Closed

The campground playground has been removed due to safety concerns. The swings in the campground remain safe and are available for use. The playground at the West Beach Day Use Area, a 10-20 minute-walk is still open for your enjoyment.

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Drones

The use of personal drones is prohibited in Florida State Parks.

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Lighthouse

The Light House Tower is Open -   Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m.   During tours.

If volunteers are available, we may extend the visiting hours.

Lighthouse Tours begin under the awning.  Walk up the coco palm pathway to the awning, and have a seat. 

There are 109 steps up to the outside viewing area and walkway, 84 feet above the ground, and another 8 steps up to the enclosed lens room.  All visitors are welcome inside the tower but you must be 42 inches tall to climb the stairs.  A ruler is located by the tower.  Dry clean feet are required for anyone planning to walk up the stairs for safety and to preserve the metal parts. Please no food or sugary drinks or glass bottles inside the tower.  For everyone’s safety please stay off the rocks on the Jetty and no spitting or throwing objects off the tower.  Please walk your bicycles through the Lighthouse Grounds.

Thanks.  We’ll see you on tour.

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GPS directions to Blackwater River State Park

Due to the inaccuracy of some GPS/Navigation Systems, please double check your route to the park or call the park office for turn by turn directions. 850-983-5363 or 850-712-0193.

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Park Capacity

Blue Spring State Park has very high visitation, especially between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.  The park will close when it reaches capacity and no further vehicles, bicycles, or walk-in customers will be allowed to enter until space becomes available- Except Registered Campers. If you leave the park you will not be allowed to re-enter until space is available.

Be advised that for safety reasons you will not be allowed to wait in line at the park when we are closed, nor can you park on the roads adjacent to the park to wait. Vehicles left outside the park on the road or private property may be towed at the owner’s expense.

You can help speed up your entry into the park by having exact cash ready ($6/car with up to 8 people, $4/car single occupant, $2/person bicycle and walk-in).

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RODMAN CAMPGROUND CAMPSITE CLOSURE DUE TO FLOODING

Due to recent heavy rains in the area, we have had to close several sites at the Rodman Campground. The campground is still open and available for camping in most areas. These closures only affect select low-lying area sites. For specific information regarding these closures or for any information regarding the Rodman Campground, please call 386-326-2846.

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Emergency Contacts

Please note: Collier-Seminole State Park has staff available after normal operating hours. After-hours staff can be reached by dialing the Emergency Contacts numbers located on the back of every campers' registration car tag.

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Alert for capacity

The park can reach visitor capacity on days in April through September, especially on the weekends. The park entrance closes once capacity is reached.

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Red Tide

The park is currently experiencing the effects of red tide. Please call the park for daily updates at 239-597-6196. Also see the FWC website for more information, located here  Red Tide 

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Sinkhole Boardwalk Closed

The sinkhole boardwalk is currently closed. Excuse the inconvenience as we continue to repair sections of the boardwalk that were damaged during hurricane Irma and continue to access stabilization of areas of the sinkhole that became active during the hurricane.

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Port Everglades Inlet Jetty CLOSED Until Further Notice

The Jetty within the Park at Port Everglades Inlet Is ClOSED Until Further Notice.

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RODMAN CAMPGROUND CAMPSITE CLOSURE DUE TO FLOODING

Due to recent heavy rains in the area, we have had to close several sites at the Rodman Campground. The campground is still open and available for camping in most areas. These closures only affect select low-lying area sites. For specific information regarding these closures or for any information regarding the Rodman Campground, please call 386-326-2846.

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Janes Scenic Drive section closed to vehicle traffic

Janes Scenic Drive is closed to vehicle traffic between the East Main intersection and the border with Picayune Strand State Forest.  This section is still available to use by hikers and bikers.  The section between the visitor's center and East Main, roughly six miles of road, remains open to vehicle traffic.

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Swim area closed due to flooding

Swim area closed due to flooding. For question please call 352-463-3420

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Cabins Sleeping Capacity

Although the cabins have room to accommodate 6 people, it only has 3 beds ( 1-double, 2-twins). Guest are welcome to bring cots and linens to accommodate 2 additional people if needed.

 

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Faver-Dykes campground will be closed August 1 - December 1 2018 due to facility upgrades. We apologize for the inconvenience.

We will be undergoing various facility improvements throughout Faver-Dykes State Park and our campground will be closed from August 1- December 1of 2018.  Our day use and picnic area will remain open.  If you have additional question, please contact the park at 904-794-0997.  

Thank-you for your patience while we make these park improvements.  

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Fort Foster seasonal tours

Tours of Historic Fort Foster are currently being offered the third Saturday of each month at 11:00 am. Tickets must be purchased at the ranger station before the tour and are $2.00 per person. For larger groups reservations can be made and accommodations may be possible for separate tours.

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Use of Drones

Drones are prohibited to land and/or takeoff in Fort Pierce Inlet State Park and Jack Island Preserve State Park. For more information please contact the Ranger station (772) 468-3985

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Park alert

Swimming is allowed, however the diving platform is closed due to dark water.

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Summer Tram Tour Now Suspended!

Park tram tours are suspended for the remainder of the summer due to road and culvert damage from heavy summer rains.  Tram tours will resume in the fall.  For updated information, please check the website and/or call the Hammock Inn at 863-402-0061.

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No Wi-Fi in Campground!

Campers are advised that Wi-Fi is not available in the campground.  Wi-Fi is available to campers through the Hammock Inn Concession during normal business hours from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  

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Change in Tram Tours & Hammock Inn Concession for the Spring/Summer Season!

Effective June 23, 2018, park tram tours operated by the Hammock Inn Concession are limited to running at 10:00 am on Saturday and Sunday only.  Tickets are sold only at the Hammock Inn Concession.  The days of operation are limited to Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the summer.  Concession hours of operation are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.    Tram tickets for adults and youth aged 13 years and older are $10 per person. Tickets for children aged 6 to 12 years old are $5 per person. Children aged 5 years and younger are free. For more information, call the Hammock Inn at 863-402-0061.

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Soggy campsites

Due to the ongoing rain throughout this past week and another 5 inches expected according to the local weather report, the campgrounds are extremely flooded. The trails are open however they are muddy and full of thirsty mosquiteos so bring good shoes and bug spray. The pool will be open between the thunder and lightning so plan on making it a wet day.

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Seasonal Fort Foster Tours

Tours of Historic Fort Foster are currently being offered the third Saturday of each month at 11:00 am. Tickets must be purchased at the ranger station before the tour and are $2.00 per person. For larger groups reservations can be made and accommodations may be possible for separate tours.

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The tube take-out and recovery area located at the South end of the river will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning March 31, 2018.

The tube take-out and recovery area located at the South end of the river will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning March 31, 2018.  This area remains accessible by tram or walking trail located in the South Main Park Entrance

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Park Alert for John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The Mangrove Trail is closed for repairs. Please excuse us while we work to improve park facilities for your enjoyment. Thank you.

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September Concession and Trappers Closures

The Park Concession and the Trapper Nelson Historic Site will be closed from the 17th - 20th of September, as well as the 24th - 27th of September for annual Maintenance.

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RODMAN CAMPGROUND CAMPSITE CLOSURE DUE TO FLOODING

Due to recent heavy rains in the area, we have had to close several sites at the Rodman Campground. The campground is still open and available for camping in most areas. These closures only affect select low-lying area sites. For specific information regarding these closures or for any information regarding the Rodman Campground, please call 386-326-2846.

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Closed To Swimming and Diving

Lafayette Blue Springs State Park is closed to swimming and diving activities due to a spring brownout caused by rising river levels. The park remains open for day use and all other amenities are available to visitors. When the spring is clear this notice will be removed.

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Highway noise

Please note, Lake Griffin State Park is located directly off of US Highway 441. Due to it's close proximity to the highway you may experience some highway noise during your stay in the campground.

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Park closing time

Please be advised, Lake Griffin State Park closes at sunset. If you utilize the park's boat ramp to launch your boat please plan accordingly to ensure that you are back to your vehicle and out of the park by closing time. Closing time is posted at the ranger station. Contact the ranger station for a list of overnight parking areas for area boaters if you'd like to remain on the water past sunset. Thank you.

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Concession Closed

Our previous park concession has closed and we currently have no camp store or concession services available in the park.  We are working hard to find a replacement and are in negotiations now, so please be patient; we hope to get things back up and running soon.

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Seasonal Tours

Guided tours are available December through April, Friday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

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Campground Facilities Notice

Until further notice, temporary bathhouse trailers are provided for use in the campground. The campground bathhouse at Little Manatee River State Park is closed and will be replaced. This project may take longer than anticipated due to hurricane damage repairs statewide, however it remains a high priority and will be addressed as quickly as possible. Please be patient during this time of transition, park staff and volunteers are working hard to ensure you continue to have an excellent stay. The restrooms at the river steps and picnic area remain open for use. If you have any questions, please contact the park at 813-671-5005.

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Campground Closure

Due to campground reconstruction all reservations are closed currently through December 31st, 2018. We will keep you up to date on our progress and any changes to reservation status.

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Red Tide Alert

Lovers Key State Park is currently experiencing red tide

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State Road 46 Entrance CLOSED

For the safety of our visitors during the construction of the Wekiva Parkway the State Road 46 entrance to the Lower Wekiva River Preserve is closed from taday, 30th April 2018, untill the project is completed.

To access the hiking trails of the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park please use the trailhead at Katie’s Landing. Other trails for biking and hiking can be found at the Wekiwa Springs State Park – Markham Woods Trailhead. 

For information about the Wekiva Parkway go to:

www.wekivaparkway.com (external link)

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Usher Boat Ramp Closed

Usher Boat Ramp is closed due to rising river levels.  When the road is clear this notice will be removed.

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RODMAN CAMPGROUND CAMPSITE CLOSURE DUE TO FLOODING

Due to recent heavy rains in the area, we have had to close several sites at the Rodman Campground. The campground is still open and available for camping in most areas. These closures only affect select low-lying area sites. For specific information regarding these closures or for any information regarding the Rodman Campground, please call 386-326-2846.

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Historic House Closed - No house tours until October 4th

The Historic House is currently CLOSED for cleaning, maintenance and inventory. House tours will resume on Thursday Ocotober 4, 2018. The rest of the park including the farm grounds/grove, historic garden and hiking trails are open year round from 9am until 5pm. During this time, visitors may still get a peak at the Historic House and Tennant House by looking through the screen doors and windows.

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Seasonally Wet Conditions

Summer rains bring forth wet conditions throughout the park. Expect that park conditions may be wet or muddy at any given time during the months of June through October. For up to the minute report on park conditions please contact the Ranger Station at 941-361-6511.

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Park Alert

Due to high water, some hiking trails may not be able to be used.

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Campground Closure

The campground at Ochlockonee River State Park is closed August 1-September 30 for electrical upgrades.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Haunted Trails Event

Attention Campers: Oscar Scherer State Park’s Annual Haunted Trails Event is October 26th and 27th, 2018. Although the event does not take place in the campground, activities from the event will be heard throughout the campground. Expect noise and traffic congestion from 7pm until 11pm both nights. Tickets go on sale Labor Day, September 3rd, 2018 at https://www.halloweenhauntedtrails.com/ . Online ticket sales only and tickets sell out fast

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Campground closure

Campground closed May 1st, 2019 - Nov. 22nd, 2019 while campground bridge is replaced. Bridge work may be completed early so check Reserve America periodically for reservation opportunities.”  

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Selected park amenities closed due to widespread flooding

Due to flooding in areas of the park the following amenities are closed for your safety: Canoe/Kayak Launch, “The Point” Day-use areas, Peace River Hiking Trail, Mary Jane Hiking Trail, Historic Hiking Trail, 30% of the Flatwoods Hiking Trail is closed off, and the Youth Camp are all closed. For more information please call the Ranger Station at 863-375-4717.

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Suspension Bridge CLOSED

Due to safety concerns, the suspension bridge is currently CLOSED. Please contact ranger station for additional details.

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Paynes Prairie Campground Closure

The campground at Paynes Prairie is currently closed for renovations.  We anticipate opening by 2019, if not sooner.  Reservations are not currently available online, but will become available on Reserve America as we know more about the anticipated date for project completion.   

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Partial Trail Closures

Partial Trail Closures: La Chua Trail is open from the parking lot to the end of the boardwalk; the portion of the trail past the boardwalk is closed due to high water levels.  Bolen Bluff Trail loop is open, but the spur trail on the prairie basin is closed due to high water levels. 

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Lines on Weekends and Holidays

Due to high visitation on weekends and holidays, please be prepared to stand in line for longer than normal periods of time to enter the park.

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Tubing available 7 days a week.

Starting Memorial Day weekend, Tubing will be open 7 days a week!

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Drive and Trail Update

THE LOOP IS CLOSED TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC. VISITORS WILL HAVE TO PARK AND WALK INTO THE PARK. VISITORS CAN STILL PARK AT THE CIVIC CENTER, YOU WILL JUST HAVE TO WALK BEYOND THAT POINT.

The park drive and the interior trails are now open to pedestrians during regular park operating hours. Please remember that you are entering a hurricane disturbed area. Potential hazards include falling trees and limbs, blocked routes, eroded trails, and unstable and uneven surfaces.

There is still some trail blockage and major erosion on the interior trails. Please use at your own risk.

If you see an orange barrier, please do not cross. These areas are identified as having major safety issues.

The drive will remain closed to vehicles for the foreseeable future due to erosion issues.

It would be our pleasure to assist with accessibility requests for those with mobility issues during the time that the drive is closed. Please call the park office at (386) 329-3721, at least 10 days in advance to notify us that you will need assistance and we will make every attempt to accommodate you. Due to the increase in requests, will need to schedule an exact date and time for your visit. Please have several options available when you call in case someone has already scheduled a visit during your preferred time.

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PArk Alert

Due to high water, some hiking trails may not be available for use.

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RODMAN CAMPGROUND CAMPSITE CLOSURE DUE TO FLOODING

Due to recent heavy rains in the area, we have had to close several sites at the Rodman Campground. The campground is still open and available for camping in most areas. These closures only affect select low-lying area sites. For specific information regarding these closures or for any information regarding the Rodman Campground, please call 386-326-2846.

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RODMAN CAMPGROUND CAMPSITE CLOSURE DUE TO FLOODING

Due to recent heavy rains in the area, we have had to close several sites at the Rodman Campground. The campground is still open and available for camping in most areas. These closures only affect select low-lying area sites. For specific information regarding these closures or for any information regarding the Rodman Campground, please call 386-326-2846.

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Trail Closure

portions of the Blue Trail are temporarily closed while trees affected by a Southern Pine Beetle outbreak are removed. Other trails will remain open. See map for details.

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North Jetty Has Periodic Closures for Inclement Weather

The Florida Park Service strives to provide resource based recreation to all of our visitors, however safety is always our top priority and the North Fishing Pier may close during periods of inclement weather.  When conditions are safe once again it will re-open.  

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No-See-Ums!

Midges, or No-See-Ums, are common in beach parks, especially during the spring and summer months.  It is recommended you bring insect repellent. 

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Park Capacity

During times of peak attendance, usually weekends and holidays, the park will close intermittently from approximately 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Visitors will be allowed to enter only as spaces become available.  If you are renting a pavilion, hosting an event or have been invited to an event please plan accordingly.  If you leave the park you will not be allowed to re-enter until space is available.   We appreciate your patience.

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Equestrian Trails Temporarily CLOSED due to High Water

Water levels at Silver Springs have been high since Florida was struck by Hurricane Irma last September and recent heavy rains have further saturated the area. A higher water table is great news for our springs, the Silver River, and surrounding wetland communities, however it has made travel difficult on the low-lying equestrian trails and equestrian entrance road near the intersection of State Routes 40 and 326.

In the interest of safety, the park will temporarily close the Equestrian Entrance and Equestrian Trails until further notice.

This area of the park will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.

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CAMPGROUND CLOSURE Rx FIRE

No camping reservations will be available from November 26, 2018 until December 17, 2018. The park will be conducting prescribed fire and maintenance projects in the campground during these dates. Some walk – in campsites may be available but please call to check on the availability of these campsites before arriving to the park. Once we complete this scheduled resource management and maintenance projects, the campground will re-open. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please call the park office at 850-708-6100 if you have any questions.

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Campground Reinvestment Project

St. Andrews State Park is always seeking ways to better serve our visitors and guests. As a result, our campground will be undergoing some highly anticipated improvements. Enhancements include site elevation, storm water management, 50 amp electrical service, water, and the addition of sewer service to many sites. Construction is anticipated to start after Labor Day, 2019.

Reservations for this park will no longer be available after September 2, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Once the improvements are completed, we will once again open up for reservations. While construction is taking place, we will have approximately 75 campsites that will be available on a walk-in, first-come first-serve basis.

We are looking forward to the opportunity of sharing these planned enhancements with our guests and improving our visitor experience at St. Andrews State Park. If you should need further information please feel free to contact the park at (850) 708-6100.

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Carillon Tower

Phase one, repair and restoration, of the Carillon Tower Bells has begun! Help the Stephen Foster Citizen Support Organization save our bells. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/sfcso to donate.

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Under Construction!

Please be aware that the deck and boardwalk at Holton Creek River Camp is undergoing construction. You will not be able to use the lower dock or stairs until further notice. You can still come up the boardwalk from the side stairs, or you can walk up to the camp along the path from the beach.

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Closed To Swimming and Diving

Troy Spring is presently closed to swimming and diving due to brown out conditions. The park remains open and all other amenities are available for visitor use.

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Beach Closed

Our beachside is currently closed due to on-going dune restoration.  We do not have a set date for opening, please check back for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

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Park Capacity

Wekiwa Springs has very high visitation on Weekend and Holidays from May thru October especially between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.   The park will close when it reaches capacity (250 cars) and no further vehicle, bicycles, or walk-in customers will be allowed to enter until space becomes available - Registered Campers Excepted.   If you are renting a pavilion, hosting an event or have been invited to an event please plan accordingly.  If you leave the park you will not be allowed to re-enter until space is available. 

Be advised that for safety reasons you will not be allowed to wait in line in the park when we are closed, nor can you park on the roads adjacent to the park to wait.  Vehicles left outside the park on the road or private property may be towed at the owners expense.  

You can help speed up your entry into the park by having exact cash ready ($6/car with up to 8 people, $4/car single occupant, $2/person bicycle and walk-in).

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Seasonal Tours

Guided tours are available December through April, Friday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.