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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Seasonal Closures in Effect due to Shorebird Nesting

Temporary seasonal closures of beach areas at the southeast point of the park are in effect due to shorebird nesting activity. Visitors are asked to obey posted closures to ensure the success of vulnerable baby chicks and their families. Vehicles are permitted along the Nassau Sound beach west of the point closure and along the Atlantic beach at the north end of the dune access road by the rocks. Maps are posted at the park and available at the ranger station and here on our website. Please contact the Ranger Station at 904-251-2320 with any questions. Thank you for your help in ensuring the protection of Florida's wildlife.

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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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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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High Water Levels

Due to recent rainfall, the Blackwater River is at a higher than normal level.  It is currently rising and should crest in the next couple of days.  Expect most of our trails to be wet and the sandy beaches to be smaller than normal.  For the most current river conditions, please call the park office at (850) 983-5363 or (850) 712-0193. 

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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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WARNING!

Blue Spring has a designated carrying capacity. When the park has reached capacity, no day-use visitors will gain entry into the park until parking becomes available.

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WARNING!

The Park reserves the right to suspend all water activities when public safety exist.

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Road Flooding

Due to excessive rainfall the Pavilion and Boat Ramp area are the only areas open to the public. The ruins and trail are not accessible at this time. We will monitor the area and open it as soon as it is passable.

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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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Beach erosion

The park is experiencing erosion along the beach, especially at the north end. Some areas may be closed.

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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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Shorebird Aviary Closed temporaily for maintenance

The Shorebird Aviary will be closed temporarily for maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.  

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Janes Scenic Drive closed due to construction

Janes Scenic Drive is closed temporarily for a culvert replacement project.  For more information please call our office at (239) 695-4593. 

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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 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 Office Building Hours

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Park Office building may be closed temporarily during its normal operating hours. (Monday - Friday from 9 - 5 p.m.)

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and we are working hard to ensure that the office is open during its posted hours. We will eliminate this alert once we are back to reliable hours.

Thank you for your patience in this matter.

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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 May 7, 2018, park tram tours operated by the Hammock Inn Concession are limited to running on Friday morning at 11:00 am and Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.  Tickets are sold only at the Hammock Inn Concession.  The days of operation are limited to Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the spring and summer months.  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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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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Currently closed to swimming and diving until further notice due to brown out conditions.

Lafayette Blue Springs is currently closed to swimming and diving until further notice due to brown out conditions in the spring. The park is open and all other amenities in the park are still available to visitors.

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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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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 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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Spring Closed to Diving/Swimming

At this time the spring is closed to Diving/Swimming due to brown out conditions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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Park Flooding

Due to recent rains some areas of the park area flooded including the Clay Gully picnic area, Fisherman's Loop, and the Canopy Walk/Nature Trail.  Backcountry trails are flooded in most areas and Backcountry camping is not recommended at this time. For up to date information about flooding in the Park please contact the Ranger Station at 941-361-6511.

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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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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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Bolen Bluff Closure

Bolen Bluff Trail is currently closed on weekdays as we work on parking lot improvements.  Open on weekends.

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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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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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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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Ross Allen Island boardwalk partially closed due to repairs

The Amphitheater on the Ross Allen Island has been closed while it undergoes repairs to the roof. During construction, the boardwalk will be partially closed. The bridge and the Fort King Pavilion will remain open. For questions, contact the ranger station at 352-236-7148 option 4.

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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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Partial trail closure

The western portion of red trail will be closed to all visitor traffic. This closure is for an ongoing resource management project; this project will require large equipment with the need for a safety buffer.  Please adhere to trail closure markings for the safe use of the SW trail system.

Please call the office for more details- (321)953-5005

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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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Currently closed to swimming and diving until further notice due to brown out conditions.

Troy Springs is currently closed to swimming and diving until further notice due to brown out conditions in the spring. The park is open and all other amenities in the park are still available to visitors.

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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.