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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Falling Waters State Park

Huge trees and fern-covered sinkholes line Sink Hole Trail, the boardwalk that leads visitors to Florida's highest waterfall. Falling Waters Sink, located in Falling Waters State Park,... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Washington

City: Chipley

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Florida Caverns State Park

The Florida Caverns State Park is one of the few state parks with dry, air-filled caves and is the only state park in Florida to offer cave tours to the public. The cave has dazzling... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Jackson

City: Marianna

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Ponce de Leon Springs State Park

Named for Juan Ponce de León, who led the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513, Ponce de Leon Springs State Park features a crystal clear spring where the water temperature... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Holmes

City: Ponce de Leon

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Orman House Historic State Park

Built in 1838 by Thomas Orman, this antebellum home overlooks the Apalachicola River, and was used for both business and social gatherings. Orman was a cotton merchant and businessman... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Apalachicola

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St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge is an undeveloped barrier island just offshore from the mouth of the Apalachicola River, in the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is managed to preserve,... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Apalachicola

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Ochlockonee River State Park

A pre-Columbian Native American mound dating back possibly to the Weeden Island Period 1,500 years ago, the Ochlockonee River State Park is located where the Ochlockonee and Dead rivers... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: Sopchoppy

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