Alerts for Florida State Parks and Trails

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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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Park Reopens After to Hurricane Irma

Bahia Honda State Park has REOPENED for day-use at Calusa Beach, camping at Buttonwood and Bayside and cabins. At this time Sandspur and Loggerhead beach remain closed.

 

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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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Water Activity Closures

When public safety is at risk, Management will close the swimming area until the danger to the public is no longer exists.

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Emergency Contacts

Please note: Collier-Seminole has staff avialable after normal operating hours. After hours staff can be reached by dailing the emergency contacts numbers located on the back of every registartion car tag.

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Trail Closures Notice

The Royal Palm Hammock Trail and boardwalk is still close due to damages sustained by Hurricane Irma.

The 6.5 mile Adventure Trail is partial closed due to damages from Hurricane Irma and recent Wildfires.

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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

Red tide may be present. Please contact the park for updates at 239-597-6196

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Beach closure

Some areas of the beach may be closed for dredging beginning 03/19/2018.

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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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Trail Closure

Please be aware that a temporary trail closure is necessary to repair the bridge over the Sally Ward Spring.  The trail will reopen once the repair is complete on Saturday, April 28th.  In the meantime, hiking is still available on the Southern portion of the Sally Ward trail as well as the Hammock Loop Trail.  Thank you for your patience while the trail is made safe for your enjoyment!

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Roof maintenance in progress at West entrance

Roof maintenance should have minimal impact on visitors. Smoking area will be relocated temporarily.

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Janes Scenic Drive closed past gate 12

Janes Scenic Drive is closed past the East Main parking area (Gate 12) due to road damage.  This closed section extends to the edge of our park and shared border with Picayune Strand State Forest.  Gates block both ends of the closed section.  This section of Janes will reopen when repairs are completed and it is deemed safe for vehicle access.  Visitors are welcome to bike and hike along the closed section of Janes.  

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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 June 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 June 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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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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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 for the Spring/Summer Season!

Effective May 11, 2018, park tram tours, which are now operated by the Hammock Inn Concession, will be limited to running on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings at 11:00 am.  Tram tours are currently running at 11:00 am Tuesday through Friday and 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.   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. Tickets are sold at the Hammock Inn Concession only. The Hammock Inn, which is located in the picnic area, is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, call the Hammock Inn at 863-402-0061.

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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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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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State Road 46 Entrance Closure - 30th April 2018

For the safety of our visitors during the construction of the Wekiva Parkway the State Road 46 entrance to the Lower Wekiva River Preserve will be CLOSING AS OF THE 30th APRIL 2018 (Subject to Change)

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.  We anticipate access will reopen on completion of construction.

For information about the Wekiva Parkway go to:

www.wekivaparkway.com (external link)

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Flooding at Rodman Campground - Multiple Sites Closed

Please be aware, Rodman Campground has several sites that had to be closed due to flooding from the recent rains. These sites will reopen once the waters have receded. For more information on specific sites, please call the campground at (386) 326-2846. Or for more information regarding this or any other Cross Florida Greenway location you can call the main office at (352) 236-7143.

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Campfire Ban

Due to dry condition Sarasta has a county wide burn ban in effect until further notice. 

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Boat Ramp Closed

Due to seasonally low water levels the boat ramp is closed to launching trailered vessels.

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Park Gate Closes at Sunset

Campers be advised that the park gate closes at sunset. Plan to contact the Ranger Station at (941) 361-6511 if you plan to arrive late on the day of your arrival to obtain the gate code.

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Reenactment re-scheduled for 2019

Due to upgrades to the event area this year, the Payne's Creek Historic State Park Reenactment will be post-poned until next year (2019).

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Perdido Key East Day Use Area Temporarily Closed

The East Day Use Area at Perdido Key State Park will be temporarily CLOSED to ensure visitor safety during the construction of a new roof on the bath house building.  Perdido Key West Day Use Area (located less than 1 mile to the west) remains open for visitor use.  Thank you for your patience as we work to make the parks safer for you!

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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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Flooding at Rodman Campground - Multiple Sites Closed

Please be aware, Rodman Campground has several sites that had to be closed due to flooding from the recent rains. These sites will reopen once the waters have receded. For more information on specific sites, please call the campground at (386) 326-2846. Or for more information regarding this or any other Cross Florida Greenway location you can call the main office at (352) 236-7143.

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Flooding at Rodman Campground - Multiple Sites Closed

Please be aware, Rodman Campground has several sites that had to be closed due to flooding from the recent rains. These sites will reopen once the waters have receded. For more information on specific sites, please call the campground at (386) 326-2846. Or for more information regarding this or any other Cross Florida Greenway location you can call the main office at (352) 236-7143.

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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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Ross Allen Island boardwalk partially closed due to repairs

The Amphitheater on the Ross Allen Island has been closed due to storm damage. Beginning Monday, April 2nd, repairs will begin to fix the roof and structure of the amphitheater. During construction, the boardwalk will be partially closed. The bridge and the Fort King Pavilion will remain open.

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Gulf Pier Retrofit Sea Turtle Light Project

The Gulf Pier will be closed beginning on Monday, April 23, 2018 and will remain closed until it is completed. Gulf Pier Retrofit Sea Turtle Light project should take approximately 60 days or less. Because of the Dark Skies Initiative study and light evaluation, the park is doing this to follow the current sea turtle nesting season light codes directed by the county and state agencies. This project will consist of removing the current overhead lights, removing current electric and re-wiring on both sides of the pier and installing new sea turtle friendly ambient lights. Because this project is considered as a construction zone, there will be no water, electricity or access to the pier. We will re-open the Gulf Pier as soon as it is safe for recreational activities. Similar recreational activities are available at the Lagoon Pier or along the shoreline in the park.

I want to thank you for your patience as we upgrade our facilities to meet the current county and state codes for lights on the beach. Please call the office, 850 – 708 - 6100 if you have any questions or want additional information about this project. We look forward to assisting you as you enjoy your visit and recreation activities at St. Andrews State Park

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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 currently not in operation

The Carillon Tower Bells are currently not in operation. Help the Stephen Foster Citizen Support Organization save our bells! Visit https://www.gofundme.com/sfcso to donate.

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Timber Operation-Trail Closures

The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will be the site of a timbering operation that will take place in the near future as part of the park’s ongoing management of our natural resources as outlined in the Park Management Plan. The operation requires that we close park trails (hiking and bicycling), primitive campsite, and a few regular campsites for visitor safety until the project is complete. We’ll update our post as soon as the project begins and when the resource management zone is safe to return to normal activities. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to protect and preserve our natural resources.

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Beach closed

Washington Oaks beachside remains CLOSED for dune resotration and beach renourishment.  Check back frequently for updates. 

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Spring Access

As a result of replacing the deck on our boardwalk from the concession to the spring; access to the spring by strollers and wheelchairs will be impacted from Monday to Friday. The walkway will be open on weekends. Please feel free to ask staff or contact the park on 1.407.553.4383 and we will be happy to assist you in getting to the spring. Thank you for your patience while we work to improve our park.

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Concession Renovation - Food Service Closed

Wekiwa Springs State Park Nature Adventures is renovating their food service to increase the range and quality of items offered to our visitors. The concession food service will be closed while the construction work is in progress. Canoe, kayak and other rentals along with snacks, ice cream and drinks will still be available at the concession. Watch for the Grand Re-opening of the food service.

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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.