With national monuments closed – state parks gain visitors

400-ANASTASIA-STATE-PARKDespite a federal government shutdown which has closed St Johns County’s two national monuments, Historic City News reminds our readers that Florida’s 171 award-winning state parks are still open for business to ensure Floridians and visitors can enjoy the state’s natural, cultural and historic resources.

Floridians and visitors may enjoy Florida’s famous sunshine by visiting state parks and state trails for family friendly fun, such as fishing, swimming, beach-combing and picnicking.

“While the national parks are being shut down because of instability in Washington, Florida’s award-winning parks, greenways and trails are available for all to enjoy,” said Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary, Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. “Because of Governor Scott’s leadership in Florida, the Florida Park Service continues to welcome all residents and visitors.”

Throughout October, while the National Park Service is on hiatus, the Florida Park Service is celebrating “Florida Greenways and Trails Month” with a focus on hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking activities.

Park rangers and volunteers will continue to host special events and are taking advantage of Florida’s slightly cooler temperature. State parks and state trails are open for business, 8:00 a.m. until sunset. Some special feature sites and museums have alternative hours.

PARKS IN CENTRAL DISTRICT

Thumbnail photo of Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park
4335 Firetower Road, Haines City, FL 33844
(863) 696-1112
Thumbnail photo of Anastasia State Park Anastasia State Park
1340-A State Road A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 461-2033
Thumbnail photo of Blue Spring State Park Blue Spring State Park
2100 W. French Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763
(386) 775-3663
Thumbnail photo of Bulow Creek State Park Bulow Creek State Park
3351 Old Dixie Highway, Ormond Beach, FL 32174
(386) 676-4050
Thumbnail photo of Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park
3501 Old Kings Road, Flagler Beach, FL 32136
(386) 517-2084
Thumbnail photo of Colt Creek State Park Colt Creek State Park
16000 State Rd 471, Lakeland, FL 33809
(863) 815-6761
Thumbnail photo of Cross Florida Greenway - 49th Ave. to Land Bridge Cross Florida Greenway – 49th Ave. to Land Bridge
8282 SE Highway 314, Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 236-7143
Thumbnail photo of Cross Florida Greenway - Baseline to Marshall Swamp Cross Florida Greenway – Baseline to Marshall Swamp
8282 S.E. Highway 314, Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 236-7143
Thumbnail photo of Cross Florida Greenway - CR 484 to 49th Ave. Cross Florida Greenway – CR 484 to 49th Ave.
8282 S.E. Highway 314, Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 236-7143
Thumbnail photo of Cross Florida Greenway - Land Bridge Trail Cross Florida Greenway – Land Bridge Trail
8282 S.E. Highway 314, Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 236-7143
Thumbnail photo of Cross Florida Greenway - SR 200 to CR 484 Cross Florida Greenway – SR 200 to CR 484
8282 S.E. Highway 314, Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 236-7143
Thumbnail photo of Cross Florida Greenway - Santos Bike Trails East Cross Florida Greenway – Santos Bike Trails East
8282 S.E. Highway 314, Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 236-7143
Thumbnail photo of De Leon Springs State Park De Leon Springs State Park
601 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, De Leon Springs, FL 32130
(386) 985-4212
Thumbnail photo of Dunns Creek State Park Dunns Creek State Park
U.S. 17 North, Pomona Park, FL 32181
(386) 329-3721
Thumbnail photo of Faver-Dykes State Park Faver-Dykes State Park
1000 Faver-Dykes Road, St. Augustine, FL 32086
(904) 794-0997
Thumbnail photo of Fort Mose Historic State Park Fort Mose Historic State Park
15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 823-2232
Thumbnail photo of Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
3100 S. Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136
(386) 517-2086
Thumbnail photo of General James A. Van Fleet State Trail General James A. Van Fleet State Trail
7683 Berkley Road, Polk City, FL 33968
(352) 394-3969
Thumbnail photo of Hontoon Island State Park Hontoon Island State Park
2309 River Ridge Road, Deland, FL 32720
(386) 736-5309
Thumbnail photo of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
33104 N.W. 192nd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 462-5360
Thumbnail photo of Lake Griffin State Park Lake Griffin State Park
3089 U.S. 441/27, Fruitland Park, FL 34731
(352) 360-6760
Thumbnail photo of Lake Kissimmee State Park Lake Kissimmee State Park
14248 Camp Mack Road, Lake Wales, FL 33898
(863) 696-1112
Thumbnail photo of Lake Louisa State Park Lake Louisa State Park
7305 U.S. Highway 27, Clermont, FL 34714
(352) 394-3969
Thumbnail photo of Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park
8300 W. State Road 46, Sanford, FL 32712
(407) 884-2008
Thumbnail photo of Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
8282 S.E. Highway 314, Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 236-7143
Thumbnail photo of North Peninsula State Park North Peninsula State Park
State Road A1A North, Flagler Beach, FL 32136
(386) 517-2086
Thumbnail photo of Palatka-to-Lake Butler State Trail Palatka-to-Lake Butler State Trail
6239 State Road 21, Keystone Heights, FL 32656
(352) 473-4701
Thumbnail photo of Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail
1600 Twigg Street, Palatka, FL 32177
(386) 329-3721
Thumbnail photo of Ravine Gardens State Park Ravine Gardens State Park
1600 Twigg Street, Palatka, FL 32177
(386) 329-3721
Thumbnail photo of Rock Springs Run State Reserve Rock Springs Run State Reserve
30601 CR 433, Sorrento, FL 32776
(407) 884-2008
Thumbnail photo of Sebastian Inlet State Park Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 S. State Road A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
(321) 984-4852
Thumbnail photo of Silver Springs State Park Silver Springs State Park
1425 N.E. 58th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 236-7148
Thumbnail photo of St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park
1000 Buffer Preserve Drive, Fellsmere, FL 32948
(321) 953-5005
Thumbnail photo of Tomoka State Park Tomoka State Park
2099 North Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL 32174
(386) 676-4050
Thumbnail photo of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 N. Oceanshore Boulevard, Palm Coast, FL 32137
(386) 446-6780
Thumbnail photo of Wekiwa Springs State Park Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, FL 32712
(407) 884-2008

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