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North Central Region
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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
ALFRED B. MACLAY GARDENS STATE PARK
ALFRED B. MACLAY GARDENS STATE PARK
3540 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, Florida   32309

Phone: 850-487-4556
These beautiful ornamental gardens were first planted in 1923 by Alfred B. and Louise Maclay after they purchased the property for their winter home. A masterpiece of floral architecture, the gardens feature a picturesque brick walkway, a secret garden, a reflection pool, a walled garden, and hundreds of azaleas and camellias. Lake Hall provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Only boats without motors or with electric motors are allowed. Pavilions and grills along the lake shore provide the perfect setting for a picnic. For walking enthusiasts, two short nature trails meander through the woods overlooking the lake. Hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians can enjoy five miles of multi-use trails winding through the woods surrounding Lake Overstreet, located on park property adjoining the gardens. High blooming season is from January 1-April 30 with the floral peak in mid-to-late March. During these months, the Maclay house is usually open daily, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The park is Located one-half mile north of I-10 on U.S. 319.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Viewing

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.
Events
May 31
Kayak 101 and Paddling Tour on the scenic Lake Hall
Learn basic paddling skills in 'sit-on-top' kayak then enjoy a short interpretive tour of the scenic Lake Hall.

Perfect for beginners!

Reservations required.

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June 6
Kid's Fishin' Day at Maclay Gardens
This program is designed to introduce children of all ages to fishing through family interaction. Participants and their families are rotated through different stations. After learning different aspects of freshwater fishing, the participants will fish from the dock. There will be drawings throughout the day for prizes sponsored by local merchants. Admission for the event is free with regular park entrance fee of $6.00 per vehicle (eight persons maximum occupancy).

Additional Information:

Please dress appropriately for a warm morning on the shores of Lake Hall and enjoy this opportunity for family fun and physical activity.

Bring sunscreen, insect repellant and water.

Swimming
Swimming

Swimming is available in designated areas of Lake Hall Recreation Area.
Boating
Boat Ramp

A boat ramp is available. Gasoline motors cannot be used from the park boat ramp.
Canoeing
Canoeing & Kayaking

Lake Hall is excellent for canoeing, kayaking, and small sailboats. Only boats without motors or with electric motors are allowed. Visitors are reminded that most of the lake's shoreline is private. Please respect the property of others.


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Day Use Area
Playground

There is a playground within the park, which has state of the art equipment and benches to sit on.
Picnicking
Picnicking

The picnic area overlooking Lake Hall is the most picturesque in north Florida with a large picnic pavilion available for rental.
Trails
Nature Trails

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 of trails for hiking or jogging.
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USA Parks
USA Parks
Florida
Florida
North Central Region
North Central Region
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park