FOREST CAPITAL MUSEUM STATE PARK
The importance of forestry in Florida dates back to the early 1800s. The museum celebrates the heritage of Florida's forest industry. The heart of the museum is dedicated to longleaf pines and the 5,000 products manufactured from them. The 50-plus-year-old longleaf pines growing on the museum grounds provide a majestic canopy and create an enjoyable walking trail for visitors. Adjacent to the museum is an authentic 19th century Cracker homestead, much like those scattered throughout Florida at the turn of the century. Rangers lead interpretive tours during special events and upon request. Three covered pavilions, that seat up to 60 people each, are available. The park is open Thursday through Monday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. Located south of Perry, on U.S. 19.
Forest Capital State Museum was opened in 1973. The museum interprets the history of the forestry industry and its valuable resources. The park and museum cover 13 acres and is adjacent to the Visitor Center is the Cracker homestead. The homestead is typical of those that were once found throughout the pinewoods of North Florida at the turn of the century.
Annual Entrance Passes can be purchased at all park ranger stations and museums. If you require immediate use of your pass, this is the best option. Passes can be purchased during regular business hours 365 days a year. Please call the park in advance to ensure availability. Those who are eligible for discounted or free passes may use this method to receive their pass. Annual Entrance Passes may be purchased online by visiting the FLORIDA STATE PARKS ANNUALENTRANCE PASSES
Gift Shop and Lobby: The octagonal lobby of the Visitor Center features rare Peck Cypress walls that serve as a backdrop for exhibits and photographs of early forest logging operations. The center provides information on Florida State Parks and offers a variety of novelty gifts.
Forest Capital Museum State Park is located near Perry
Pavilions: We offer three covered pavilions, each seat up to sixty people. The pavilions can be reserved for family reunions, birthday parties, corporate events and more. Please call the park for more information, 850-584-3227.
Forest Capital Museum State Park offers shaded picnic areas with tables and grills, perfect for family outings or solo adventures.
- Nature Trail: A half-mile long trail that winds through a variety of ecosystems including pine flatwoods, hardwood hammocks and cypress swamps. Interpretive signs along the way provide information about local flora and fauna.
- Longleaf Pine Loop: This 1.5 mile loop takes hikers through an area dominated by towering longleaf pines, with opportunities to spot wildlife such as deer, turkey or gopher tortoise.
- Cypress Swamp Boardwalk: An easy quarter-mile boardwalk trail leading into a dense swamp filled with bald cypress trees; ideal for birdwatching or spotting aquatic life in the water below.
- Wildflower Way Trail: A one-mile path showcasing Florida's native wildflowers seasonally blooming throughout spring and summer months; includes interpretative signage detailing species encountered on route.
-Palmetto Pathway : Shorter than most trails at only .3 miles but offers views of palmettos undergrowth beneath mature forest canopy which is unique within park boundaries
-Turpentine Trial : Half-a -mile walk featuring remnants from historic turpentine industry like catface scars on old-growth pines
-Slash Pines Stroll : Three-quarter mile stroll offering close-up view of slash pine plantation demonstrating forestry practices over time
-Bird Watching Walks - Unmarked paths around picnic areas known for diverse avian population especially during migration seasons
BBs / Inns
Our historic inn is located in historic Saint Marks, one of the oldest settlements in North America. First settled in 1527, Saint Marks is a historic little city at the confluence of the Wakulla and St. Marks Rivers. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge, it is located just 20 miles south of Tallahassee.
39.6 miles from park*
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Forest Capital Museum State Park. They must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and can not be left unattended.
Directions from Tallahassee, Florida:
- Start on FL-61 S/S Monroe St toward E Jefferson St.
- Turn right onto Capital Cir SE/FL 261.
- Continue to follow FL 261.
From Jacksonville, Florida:
- Begin by getting on I10 W.
- Follow US27 S to Perry in Taylor County.
Coming From Miami, Florida:
- Get on I95 N from NW2nd Ave and NW6th Ave/St Road7/US441
- Take the exit for US41N/NW8th Street off of I395W
For those coming from Tampa Bay Area,
- Head northbound via Interstate75 North (I75-N).
- Exit at State Highway44 East (SH44-E) towards Inverness/Wildwood.
If you are traveling from Orlando area,
- Drive westward using West Colonial Dr./State Route50West(SR50-W)
- Then take a left turn into U.S.Highway19North(US19-N).