We love our local Jacksonville parks, and one of the great things about them is that most of them are free to visit. With lots of great National Park sites and Florida State Parks in North Florida, you might want to take notice of the free National & State Park admission days so you can […]
Florida State Parks
There are lots of Florida State Parks near Jacksonville where you can explore, hike, picnic, camp, and kids can earn a Junior Ranger Badge.
If you’re looking for a place to camp with the kids, Florida State Parks offer great sites, clean amenities, and tons of fun. Want to do some hiking? There are tons of great trails you can explore. Many of them are kid friendly and are a great way to let kids roam and burn off some steam.
Don’t forget to pick up a Junior Ranger Book during your visit. This program is completely free for kids and can help little ones learn more about the parks.
The newest Florida State Park is Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park. It’s located 20 miles northwest of Gainesville, just under a two hour drive from Jacksonville. While it is the newest Florida State Park, the clear springs have long been a swimming destination for locals as a privately owned park until 2017
Just south of Gainesville is one of my favorite State Parks in Florida, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Abundant wildlife, over thirty miles of nature trails, and a real feeling of Old Florida await you at this 23,000 acre park. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is one of Florida states largest parks and the only
If you’ve seen all the great Christmas light displays in Jacksonville and looking to get out of town for a fun holiday evening trip, the Stephen Foster State Park Festival of Lights has lights, hot chocolate, and snow! Stephen Foster State Park is located along the Suwannee River in the sleepy historic town of White
We are lucky, in North Florida there are so many great camping options just a short drive from home. O’Leno State Park in High Springs, Florida is definitely a hidden gem many may not know about. Located right on the Santa Fe River, O’Leno has multiple trails from 1 mile to 6 miles in length,