The Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park is home to an historic 19th century plantation that once flourished from 1816 to 1836 until it was burned in the Seminole wars. The Addison Blockhouse lies on the west side of the Tomoka River and is one of the most worthwhile sights in Volusia County.

One of Florida's best parks for dynamic biking trails is the Alafia River State Park. The park features 17 miles of bike trails that cover some of the highest elevation changes found in Florida. The park also offers at least 20 miles of trails for hikers and equestrians through pine flat wood, and with the abundance with wildlife it is also great for bird watching. The giant park is also home to a campground, playgrounds, opportunities for canoeing and fishing, and much more.

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is one of the most unique and exquisite state parks in north florida. The garden itself is beautiful, especially during the months of January through April when the garden is in high blooming season making it absolutely stunning. The park however, features much more than just the garden itself. There are two lakes within the park, offering all sorts of water enjoyment throughout the year including swimming, kayaking, boating, and fishing. If that wasn't enough, this park is put over the top with several miles of walking, biking, and equestrian friendly trails that overlook both lakes making the possibilities at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park endless.

The Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park is home to one of the rarest scrub habitats in all of Florida. The park is a whopping 8,000 square acres consisting of 6 miles of hiking trails and 7 miles of equestrian trails. The park has amazing rare plants and animals making it one of the best parks in Florida for wildlife viewing. Come prepared to track across rough and rare scrub habitats while seeing some of Florida's protected wildlife such as the scrub-jay, scrub lizard, and bald eagles!

Amelia Island State Park is located on the south side of Amelia Island and is a beautiful 200 acre beach park in the north east area of Florida. The park is an amazing untouched wilderness right on the coast of Florida that is great for all types of adventure seeking nature goers. The park is one of few parks in florida that allows horseback riding right on the beach, and even offers lessons. It's also a great fishing location with the inclusion of the mile long George Crady Bridge Fishing pier as well as the option to shore fish right along the beach. Good times are not hard to find at the Amelia Island State Park beach, whether you're looking to explore and search for shells or simply relax and enjoy the waves, Amelia Island is your destination. 

Anastasia State Park is a must see for anyone looking to explore Florida's amazing beaches in their beautiful and natural state. The park is 1,600 acres of pure possibilities. Their are 139 campsites and activities galore for all campers and visitors including stunning nature walks and trails, and a grill area with a gift shop offering rentals on boats, kayaks, canoes and more. The park is also home to the Coquina Quarry where coquina rock was once mined in order to help construct the Castillo de San Marcos. With so much to do and see, Anastasia State Park is an amazing place for campers or visitors alike looking to experience natural and historic Florida. 

Anclote Key Preserve State Park, is a chain of islands including Anclote Key, North Anclote Bar, South Anclote Bar, and Three Rooker Island. The islands are an absolute perfect location to set up a camp right on the beach and go camping over night with nothing but what you bring and the beautiful waters of the Preserve. The park is completely secluded, only accessible by boat or by ferry service; and with over 400 acres of park to explore including an amazing 1887 lighthouse, it is the perfect place to relax on the beach for as long as your supplies will let you. 

Avalon State Park is a mile long secluded and undeveloped beach just waiting for your arrival. The beach and dune habitats are home to many rare Florida species, including many species of sea turtles that use the non populated beach as a nesting place during the spring and summer months. Come prepared to enjoy a day of swimming, snorkeling, or fishing on the beach, or simply come and relax under the sun. 

Bahia Honda Key, is an island that helps to form the beautiful tropical destination that is the Florida Keys. The island is home to the park itself making Bahia Honda State Park one of the southern most state parks in the country. The park is everything you could expect from a Florida Keys tropical destination. Come visit the clear ocean waters of the island and enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating, hiking and much more. 

Bald Point State Park is a 4,065 acre chunk of wildlife hanging off of the western end of the Florida panhandle right on the Golf of Mexico. The park is perfect for nature goers and birdwatchers with much of Florida's intricate habitats to explore. Not too mention the amazing wildlife on display including bald eagles in the fall, among other Florida birds migrating south for the winter. The parks beaches are also great for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, or simply relaxing near the ocean water. 

The South Fork State Park is a rare natural wonder of Florida. The park is very underdeveloped making it ideal for Wildlife viewing, birding, or exploring its hiking trails. The park is home to many rare plant life including its rosemary scrub habitat which is only found in Florida; as well as many rare plants and animals which are not commonly observed. 

Visitors can request a gate code to visit the Wingate Creek State Park and explore its rare and untouched natural habitats. Currently hiking and biking in the park is limited and it is primarily used for nature research, birding, or simply exploring nature. 

Big Lagoon State Park offers a wide variety of natural Florida habitats for an over all beautiful Florida park. The park is great for birding, hiking, camping, as well as all sorts of water activities including boating, fishing, and even crabbing. 

One of the most exciting and thrilling state parks in Florida is the Big Shoals State Park. This park is occupied by the largest whitewater rapid in all of Florida, which can reach a class 3 whitewater classification. The Park also includes beautiful views of the Suwannee River from it's magnificent 80 foot tall limestone bluffs. If that wasn't enough there are also 28 miles of hiking trails throughout the park. including the two short trails leading to the Little and Big Shoals rapids. That's right, the only way to the rapids is on foot; but don't worry, this only adds to the adventure. 

The Florida Caverns are the only above ground cavern in all of Florida accessible to tourists - and for the only cave in Florida, they are absolutely amazing. The park itself is massive and contains caves, beautifully diverse trails, and even a small yet deep spring that is available to swim in. 

Grayton Beach State Park is a 2200 acre park featuring beautiful natural beaches with rolling dunes covered in sea oats and snowy white sand along emerald waters. Located between Panama City Beach and Destin in the Northwest Region of Florida right next to the town of Seaside. Grayton Beach State Park is Florida at it's most natural state with nature trails, nature trails, boating, fishing (both saltwater and freshwater), and swimming. 

Weeki Wache Springs State Park includes Florida's only spring-fed water park with cool 72-degree water. Approximately 45 minutes north of Tampa, this State Park includes Buccaneer Bay, with an all natural lazy river, a children's play area, water slides that go into the spring, and a mermaid show. 

This is a local park that features three fenced in areas and has water bowls, picnic tables, and other amenities for the whole family.

Auburndale Dog Park is a local park with equipment for you animals and a grass area to play. Also, it has a nature trail as well for the pet owners to enjoy.

Get access to this amazing dog park for a fee of $25 annually or $5 a day. There are a lot of amenities here for your pup to enjoy including a fenced in area and dog training courses.

Barkland Dog Park is a beautiful park that is a little over 2 acres with separate areas for big and smaller dogs. This park features covered pavilions and a dog washing station.

Canine Cove has different sections for large and small dogs. It also has great amenities such as picnic tables, benches, and dog fountains. All fun for the whole family!

This is a great off-leash fenced in dog park with benches and a dog drinking area near downtown Jacksonville.

This is a local dog park with large and small areas and amenities such as benches and watering stations. 

While this is a smaller dog park, it still features a pet shower, bench, and even a pet memorial bridge. All for man's best friend!

This beautiful 42 acre park including 25 fenced acres has many fun activities that you can do with your dog including jogging and walking trails, as well as swimming ponds.

This is a community park where the whole family can come together at one park and enjoy the day outdoors. It has everything for the whole family including a splash pad and nature path.

Dreher Dog Park is a local dog park that has large and small dog areas and is not well known, but is welcoming to everyone.

This is a local park that features sections for large and small dogs and a hose station. It also has dog water fountains inside of the gated areas.

This dog park is a 4.5 acre dog park that is fenced in with two areas for smaller dogs and larger dogs. It has great amenities as well, such as water fountains for dogs and shaded areas.

Lake Baldwin Park is a beautiful shady park with a sandy beach attached. It is one of the only two parks in this area that is dog friendly and where dogs can be off the leash. It is also known for its great scenery and beautiful landscapes.

These are two local gated parks that large and small dogs can come to. They are closed on Wednesdays & Thursdays. 

This is a local dog park that has plenty of shade and water fountains for both dogs and humans as well as other great amenities that include two separate areas for larger and smaller animals.

This is a dog park that features two separate areas for larger and smaller dogs, picnic tables, a dog wash area, and a hitching post. 

This is a fenced in dog park that is both a place for people to socialize and a healthy place for their furry friends. It is also a place for pet owners to get information about taking care of their pets.

Mill Slough Park has an enclosed fenced area where dogs of any size can play. There is also an open area and picnic tables so you can enjoy the nature around the area.

Within walking distance from downtown, this dog park features many amenities. It has two off-leash areas for larger and smaller dogs as well as shade and benches.

One of the oldest dog park in Central Florida that features art in dog form and water areas for animals to roam around in.

Paw Patch Dog Park is an off-leash 2 acre dog park that features a dog fountain, a pavilion, and other great amenities for the whole family to enjoy.

Pawmosa Dog Park features an acre of shaded area for pups to run around in. Two areas for small and bigger dogs so it is a safe place for all to visit and enjoy. 

Paws Dog Park at Treaty Park has small and large dog areas that are separated. There are two dog park areas with watering holes, shaded areas with benches, and other great amenities. 

This is a dog park that features a double gated entry, areas for small and larger dogs, and lots of shade.

This dog park features dog wash area, separate areas for large and smaller dogs, and a board walk area.

Tropical Park's Bark Park is a 2 acre part off the main park and has numerous amounts of equipment that can be used as exercise for your dog. Check out the fenced in area so your dog can simply enjoy the grass or run off-leash.

This dog park features a 5-acre off-leash area that animals and their owners to come and enjoy along the beach area.

This beach has been taken over by the dogs! With about 24 acres of beach property, dogs are welcomed to enjoy the water and sand. They have other great amenities as well, such as fishing and pavilions.

Florida State Park system has over 170 state parks that includes trails, springs, lakes and offers an array of activities including swimming, diving, birding, fishing and hiking or biking on the natural trails. The Florida State Park website has an interactive map to all of Florida's State Parks. Search by Region, Accessible Amenities and Pet Friendliness. 

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