Experiences & Amenities
The Lake Overstreet portion of the park offers approximately five miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding. These trails afford views of Lake Overstreet and a ravine system that rivals those of North Georgia. In addition, approximately three miles of designated bike trails provide scenic biking on the Overstreet property. Lake Overstreet is for use by wildlife only, and for scenic viewing by people. The park offers a limited number of bicycles for rent. Check for availability at the Ranger Station as you enter the park. Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists, and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.
Lake Hall is excellent for kayaking, paddle boating, using small sailboats and canoeing for those with experience. Only boats without motors or with electric motors are allowed. Visitors are reminded that most of the lake's shoreline is private property. Please respect the property of others. The park offers a limited number of kayaks for rent. Check for availability at the Ranger Station as you enter the park.
Largemouth bass, bream and bluegill are caught in Lake Hall. A Florida freshwater fishing license is required. Fishing is not allowed in Lake Overstreet. 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.
Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that's a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment, and conscientious land use ethics should be followed.
The Big Pine and Boy Scout nature trails meander through the wooded hillsides overlooking Lake Hall. Novice hikers could expect to walk the distance of either trail in less than one hour. Multi-use trails on the Lake Overstreet portion of the park provide over 5 miles for hiking or jogging.
The picnic area overlooking Lake Hall is the most picturesque in North Florida with a large picnic pavilion available for rental. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
Maclay Gardens State Park has a designated swimming area located at Lake Hall. This freshwater lake has a sandy beach that offers park guests a cool dip to escape the Florida heat. The park’s recreation area also has a rinsing shower, pavilions, picnic tables and restroom with changing rooms.
Self-guided garden tours are aided by a Gardens Walking Tour brochure, available at the Ranger Station. Guided group tours are available upon request, with a three-week notice to allow for scheduling. During the peak blooming period, guided tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays, depending upon availability of staff and volunteers.
Many brides and grooms get married in the beautiful gardens at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. For information about weddings in the Gardens, please call Maclay Events LLC at 850-766-9592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maclay Gardens is home to a variety of Florida wildlife, including white tail deer, bobcat and alligators. Various species of fish and reptiles inhabit Lake Hall and Lake Overstreet, and birds of all shapes and sizes can be found throughout the entire year.
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is committed to providing a variety of accessible amenities to all of its visitors.
Those amenities include:
- Audio tour
- Beach Mobi-mat
- Beach wheelchair
- Golf cart tour with advance notice
- Motorized wheelchair and manual wheelchair
There is a playground at the Lake Hall Recreation area with benches and state-of-the-art equipment.
The picnic area overlooking Lake Hall offers one large pavilion and several small pavilions on a first come-first served basis. The large picnic pavilion is available for rental. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. The large picnic pavilion has an accessible sidewalk that can be used from the unloading zone to the pavilion with ease.
A boat ramp is available at Lake Hall. Gasoline motors cannot be used from the park boat ramp.
First planted in 1923, the gardens at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park are a floral masterpiece. Hundreds of camellias and azaleas mix with dogwoods, magnolias and a variety of other trees for a spectacular array of blooms from December through April. The gardens feature a picturesque brick walkway, a secret garden, a reflection pool and a walled garden. The visitor center has two videos relating to the history of the Maclay family and of the park for your watching pleasure. An audio tour is also available upon request at the Ranger Station. The visitor center has a manual wheelchair and a motorized chair for traveling into the garden paths. Please request use of the wheelchair and motorized chair at the Ranger Station. A golf cart tour is also available with advance notice.
Horse Equestrian Trail
The Lake Overstreet portion of the park offers approximately five miles of multi-use trails that can be used for hiking, biking or horseback riding. These trails afford views of Lake Overstreet and a ravine system that rivals those of North Georgia. Lake Overstreet is for use by wildlife only, and for scenic viewing by people.