Manager's Message

William Bailey, Park Manager, Florida Caverns State Park

William Bailey, Park Manager

Welcome to Florida Caverns State Park! The day use portion of the park is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset Central time, including two covered pavilions, cavern tours, a small playground, one mile of trails, visitor center, museum/theater and gift shop.

Pardon our mess as we continue to rebuild the west side of the park, including a new pavilion, new boardwalks around the swimming area and updated family campground.   

Visitors with a keen eye will enjoy spotting the park's abundant wildlife, which include the Sherman’s fox squirrel, white-tailed deer, bobwhite quail, bobcat and even wild turkeys. 

Florida Caverns would like to help our visitors create lasting memories filled with laughter and learning. Try the Beech Magnolia or Bluff trail around the visitor center and learn what plants are found in a hardwood forest. Can you believe that there are over 600 plant species found in the park?

Interested in geology? Take an above-ground tour of the karst topography and walk through the Ocala limestone strata full of fossils such as the chambered nautilus. Visit the museum to learn about how cave formations grow.

Is history your passion? Did you know that Andrew Jackson visited the natural bridge in what’s now the park and described Native Americans using caves in the area? The park’s visitor center housing a museum and a gift shop is an example of the meticulous craftsmanship of the 1930s-era Civilian Conservation Corps that created the original eight CCC-era parks including Florida Caverns.

Come make a memory with us today!