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Fort Mose Historic State Park Manager Message

February recognizes Black History Month, so take some time to visit Fort Mose, the first free black settlement in the United States, and reflect on its important history. On February 14th, attend the Flight to Freedom, a scaled-down reenactment of the perilous journey enslaved Africans made in search of freedom in Spanish Florida.  On the way to a new life, the freedom seekers would have met certain people that would either pose a threat to their freedom or prove to be an ally.  Come meet these people and make it to the end where you will become a Spanish citizen in the city of St.

Lower Wekiva River - Restroom Facilities

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There are restrooms in the area near the horse stalls at the Fechtel area of the Preserve and at Katie's Landing. Both of these facilities are ADA accessible. ADA-accessible parking is available directly adjacent to the buildings. There are no other facilities at Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park.

Grayton Beach - Bicycling

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The park has a 4.5 mile hiking/biking trail that will take you through the forest. Outside the park is the Walton County paved walking/bike path that runs the full length of County Road 30-A through all of the seaside villages of South Walton.  Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.

Ponce de Leon Springs - Fishing

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Fishing is permitted in areas not designated for swimming. Otherwise throw your pole in and watch your cork to see if your efforts are to be rewarded with catches of catfish, largemouth bass, chain pickerel and panfish. If watching closely you can actually see the fish come to the bait. 

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

Lower Wekiva River - Pets

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Pets are welcome in the preserve and on the trails. Pets are not permitted in any primitive camping area (horses are permitted for camping but only in the horse camping area). Pets must be kept on a six-foot handheld leash. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Florida law requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Any pet that is noisy, dangerous, intimidating or destructive will not be allowed to remain in the park. Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish must be confined or under the physical control of the owner. Some animals may be prohibited on park property.  For additional information contact the Wekiwa Springs State Park at 407-884-2009.

Ponce de Leon Springs - Hiking Nature Trail

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Take a stroll down the two trails of the park, Sandy Creek and Spring Run. Each trail will take you through a lush hardwood forest, which provides optimum vantage points for observing wildlife along the 350-foot spring run and Sandy Creek. As well as, a relaxing stroll among a variety of native plant and animal habitat, where you can listen to the relaxing sounds of the flowing stream or conversation of the birds. Rangers also conduct seasonal guided walks, but self-guided tours are also available.

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