ALFRED B. MACLAY GARDENS STATE PARK
ALFRED B. MACLAY GARDENS STATE PARK
3540 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32309
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.
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.
January 1 - April 30
Volunteers Needed for the Historic Maclay House and Visitor Center
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park invites those interested in becoming a docent in the historic Maclay House or the Visitor Center to contact the park. Volunteers are only asked to work a minimum of one 4 hour shift per week while enjoying visitors from around the world and interpreting the history of the Maclay family and gardens. Training will be provided for the positions.
When Ardisia Attacks!
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park invites the public to attend this informative and useful program. You will learn about coral ardisia and why it is being removed. We will hand pull some ardisia plants from the park property.
2016 Red Hills Triathlon
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park and The Friends of Maclay Gardens, Inc. invites the public to attend the Red Hills Triathlon. The course starts off with a 1/3 mile swim in the chilly spring fed Lake Hall. Then, the 16 mile run on the Red Hills begins, traveling up and over some of Tallahassee''s most challenging hills. A short distance into the run, you will leave pavement and hit the trails for a 3.1 mile push for the finish. When you complete this event, you will soon realize why this is the Toughest Sprint in Florida.
For more information, visit www.redhillstriathlon.org(link is external).
Volunteer Brown Bag Luncheon
The Department of Environmental Protection''s Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park would like to invite you to The Volunteer Brown Bag Luncheon. We love to see our volunteers and share lunch time with them. We will provide drinks and dessert. We use this time to get to know our volunteers better. If you are not a current volunteer and would like to be please join us for this monthly luncheon. We will meet at the Gardner''s Cottage from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Swimming is available in designated areas of Lake Hall Recreation Area.
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.
A boat ramp is available. Gasoline motors cannot be used from the park boat ramp.
Largemouth bass, bream and bluegill are caught in Lake Hall. A Florida freshwater fishing license is required. Fishing is not allowed in Lake Overstreet.