Manager's Message

Jacob Strickland, Park Manager

Jacob Strickland, Park Manager

Florida Caverns State Park is renowned for its unique cave system and its beautiful hiking trails with old growth hardwood trees.  On October 10, 2018 Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm, blew ashore and changed the Florida Panhandle landscape.  Florida Caverns State Park sustained major damage. Approximately 90 percent of the park's thick forest fell.  Most of the major historic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) buildings sustained little damage from the storm.  Many of the newer buildings throughout the park did not fare as well.  The park staff with help from other state parks, lineman, tree service employees, carpenters, plumbers and electricians are diligently working to repair the damaged facilities, remove the hurricane debris, open roads and fire breaks throughout the park. An initial assessment of the caverns showed that all the rooms of the cave are intact.  Subsequent assessments of the cave will follow when the flood waters recede. 

As we rebuild, the forest is coming to life.  Colorful flowers are beginning to bloom with vigor.  Deer, Sherman’s Fox Squirrels, Great Blue Heron and many other kinds of wildlife are on the move throughout the park.

For public safety, during the cleanup efforts the park remains closed. A date for re-opening is yet to be determined, but we hope to welcome visitors again soon.  For more information about the park and our efforts to clean up after the storm please continue to visit our website for updates.