Gardens and Parks

From beautiful beaches to sprawling forests, the gardens and parks preserved in northwest Florida are unique places to hike, paddle, learn and breathe in the refreshing atmosphere of the real Florida. Experience Florida’s natural beauty year-round in our botanical gardens, as well as in our national and state parks and preserves, showcasing collections of native and exotic plants.

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Torreya State Park/Gregory House

High bluffs overlooking the Apalachicola River make Torreya one of Florida's most scenic places. The park is named for an extremely rare species of Torreya tree that only grows on the... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Liberty

City: Bristol, FL

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The Grove

The Grove was built in the 1830s by Richard Keith Call, Florida’s third and fifth territorial governor, and later purchased by LeRoy Collins, Florida’s 33rd governor, and his wife... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Tallahassee- St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail

The first railroad chartered by the Florida territorial government in 1831, the Leon Railway Company became the Tallahassee Railroad Company in 1834, and was the first rail line to... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1931 to provide wintering habitat for migratory birds. As one of the oldest refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System,... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: St. Marks

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Camp Helen State Park

Camp Helen is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on three sides, and by Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida. Prehistoric middens and mounds indicate that... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Bay

City: Panama City Beach

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Blackwater River State Park

A favorite destination for canoeists and kayakers, Blackwater River State Park offers opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities. The river is one of the purest sand-bottom rivers... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Okaloosa

City: Holt

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Bald Point State Park

Some of the most picturesque scenic areas along Northwest Florida are found within Bald Point State Park, which supports 4,065 upland acres. Located on Alligator Point, where Ochlockonee... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Alligator Point

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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

The 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,... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Deer Lake State Park

Deer Lake State Park shares its name with the coastal dune lake within its boundaries. Coastal dune lakes are extremely rare worldwide and in the United States they occur only along... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Walton

City: Santa Rosa Beach

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Eden Gardens State Park

The focal point of Eden Gardens State Park is the beautifully renovated, two-story Wesley house, featuring elegant white columns and a wrap-around porch. The moss-draped live oaks and... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Walton

City: Point Washington

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