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Fort Clinch State Park 'Sea Oats on dunes' © Ed Taylor
The Sea Oats on Ft. Clinchs Dunes.
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'Sea Oats on dunes'
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The Sea Oats on Ft. Clinchs Dunes.

Rocky Bayou State Park
'Nice Cypress tree'
© John Bunting

Beautiful cypress along the shore at Rocky Bayou

Madison Blue Springs State Park
'Madison Blue Spring State Park, Lee, Florida'
© Marcine E Lohman

Swimmers enjoying the cool water at Madison Blue Spring State Park near Lee, Florida

Florida Caverns State Park
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Big Lagoon State Park
'View south from observation tower '
© John Bunting

This view is looking south towards the lagoona and across the island towards the Gulf of Mexico from the observation tower at Big Lagoon St. Park.

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
'Butterflies and Lilly'
© Katrina Batson

Drinking from the Hurricane Lilly.

Everglades National Park
© Rafael Zhadanovskiy

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
'Sunshine On My Shoulders.'
© Katrina Batson

Anhinga drying his feathers.

Rocky Bayou State Park
'Raw Oyster'
© John Bunting

freshly shucked oyster

Saint Joseph Peninsula State Park
'Horseshoe crab'
© John Bunting

Thousands of these were washed up on beach on bay side

Alafia River State Park
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Florida's Central Region Parks


1
State Historic Site
1
National Forest
10
State Parks
1
State Reserve

Parks in this region are near these Florida Cities (click city name to see parks within 25 miles)
ORLANDO
OVIEDO
CLERMONT
SANFORD
WINTER PARK
APOPKA
WINTER GARDEN
THE VILLAGES
LAKELAND
KISSIMMEE
WINTER SPRINGS
LAKE MARY
LEESBURG
WINTER HAVEN
OCOEE
CASSELBERRY

Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
The battle that started the Second Seminole War is commemorated in January each year under the oaks of Dade Battlefield. On December 28, 1835, Seminole Indian warriors ambushed 108 soldiers at this site-only three soldiers survived. The park protects not only a historic battlefield, but also the natural ........more >
Dade Battlefield Memorial State Park
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Highlands Hammock State Park
One of Floridas oldest parks, opening to the public in 1931, this park was established when local citizens came together to promote the hammock as a candidate for national park status. During the Great Depression, just prior to World War II, the Civilian Conservation Corps CCC developed additional park ........more >
Hontoon Island State Park
This island, located in the St. Johns River in Volusia County, welcomes visitors to enjoy nature and history in quiet solitude. The island is accessible only by private boat or park ferry. Evidence of Native American habitation over thousands of years can be witnessed as visitors hike through the park. ........more >
Lake Griffin State Park
Located within an hour of central Florida attractions and theme parks, this park is home to one of the state's largest live oak trees. A short trail near the park entrance takes visitors to the mammoth oak tree. A canal connects the park to Lake Griffin, the eighth largest lake in Florida, where visitors ........more >
Lake June in Winter Scrub State Park
This park protects one of the state's most endangered natural communities-sand scrub-which is sometimes called Florida's desert. Some of Florida's rarest plants and animals, including the Florida scrub-jay, Florida scrub lizard, Florida mouse, deer, gopher tortoise, and bobcat are found in the scrub. ........more >
Lake Kissimmee State Park
Florida's cowboy heritage comes alive with living history demonstrations of the early Florida cow hunters in an 1876-era cow camp. White-tailed deer, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, turkeys, and bobcats have been seen in the park, located on the shores of lakes Kissimmee, Tiger, and Rosalie. Visitors ........more >
Lake Louisa State Park
A short drive from Orlando, this park is noted for its six beautiful lakes, rolling hills, and scenic landscapes. Lake Louisa is the largest in a chain of 13 lakes connected by the Palatlakaha River, which is designated as an Outstanding Florida Waterway. Lake Louisa, Dixie Lake, and Hammond Lake, the ........more >
Lower Wekiva River State Reserve
Central Florida nature exists in its purest form along four miles of the Wekiva River and Blackwater Creek. For thousands of years, Native Americans valued the abundance of wildlife in this area. This system of blackwater streams and wetlands provides habitat for black bears, river otters, alligators, ........more >
Ocala National Forest
The Ocala is a unique and fascinating forest that offers an accommodating climate for year round recreating. The mild winters are fine for family camping while a summer canoe trip down a palm-lined stream is a cool way to spend an August day. The temperatures for the dry months of November through ........more >
Rainbow Springs State Park
Archaeological evidence indicates that people have been using this spring for nearly 10,000 years. Rainbow Springs is Florida's fourth largest spring and, from the 1930s through the 1970s, was the site of a popular, privately-owned attraction. The Rainbow River is popular for swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, ........more >
Silver River State Park
This park has more than 10 distinct natural communities, dozens of springs, and miles of beautiful trails. The park is home to a pioneer cracker village and the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center. The center is operated by the Marion County School District in cooperation with ........more >
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, the beautiful vistas within this park offer a glimpse of what Central Florida looked like when Timucuan Indians fished and hunted these lands. Just one hour from most central Florida attractions, Wekiwa Springs offers visitors the opportunity to relax in ........more >
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