Florida Recreation Areas

Looking for awesome outdoor recreation areas in Florida? View Florida parks and recreation areas below, listed in alphabetical order. Each listing has images, full description, map, directions, activities, phone number, and links to campgrounds and hiking trails within the recreation area.

Apalachicola National Forest, Florida Camping & Hiking

Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE, PICNICKING, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, SWIMMING, HORSE CAMPING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Florida Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these

Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Northbound on I-95: Exit Fellsmere / Sebastian SR 512 east to SR510, then to A1A. Head north on A1A approximately two miles. An entrance sign located at Golden Sands County Park designates the southern boundary. Access to the refuge is managed through County-managed parks and Sebastian Inlet State Park.

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Big Cypress is located along the Tamiami Trail East and I-75 in southern Florida. The preserve can be accessed by driving from Miami and Naples. The preserves two visitor centers are located along Tamiami Trail East. Phone (239) 695-2000 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING,

Biscayne National Park, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions The Dante Fascell Visitor Center may be reached from the Florida Turnpike by taking Exit 6 (Speedway Boulevard). Turn left from exit ramp and continue south to SW 328th Street (North Canal Drive). Turn left on 328th Street and continue for four miles to the end of the road.

Canaveral National Seashore, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Canaveral National Seashore is located along Florida’s East coast in both Volusia & Brevard counties. To access Apollo Beach, take I-95 to exit 249, then go east until it turns into A1A. Follow A1A south to the park entrance. To access Playalinda Beach, take I-95 to exit 220. Go

Castillo De San Marcos National Monument, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions On State Route A1A overlooking Matanzas Bay in the heart of the historic district of Saint Augustine, the Castillo is approximately a five mile drive from Interstate 95. Phone (904) 829-6506 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Florida Campgrounds Hiking Trails

Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions The Refuge is located 50 miles southwest of Gainesville, Florida, at the terminus of State Road 24. The Refuge consists 13 small, off-shore islands surrounding the community of Cedar Key. The Refuge is accessible only by boat. A lauch ramp in the town of Cedar Key provides the closest

Cedar Keys Wilderness, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Refuge is located 50 miles southwest of Gainesville, Florida, at the terminus of State Road 24. The Refuge consists 13 small, off-shore islands surrounding the community of Cedar Key. The Refuge is accessible only by boat. A lauch ramp in the town of Cedar Key provides the closest access

Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions The Chassahowitzka NWR is located approximately 65 miles north of St. Petersburg, FL. A boat ramp, maintained by the Citrus County, provides a launching point for boats on the Chassahowitzka River for a small fee. To get there take U.S. Hwy. 19 north from St. Petersburg (or south from

Chassahowitzka Wilderness, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions The Chassahowitzka Wilderness is located approximately 65 miles north of St. Petersburg, FL. A boat ramp, maintained by the Citrus County, provides a launching point for boats on the Chassahowitzka River for a small fee. To get there take U.S. Hwy. 19 north from St. Petersburg (or south from

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Information about the Crystal River NWR can be obtained by visiting the refuge headquarters, located in Crystal River, Florida. The headquarters can be accessed from U.S. 19, which runs through the Town of Crystal River. A directional sign located on both sides of the highway, at the intersection of

De Soto National Memorial, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Driving Directions: From I-75 Take exit 220 SR 64/Manatee Ave, Gulf Beaches exit. Travel west on SR 64 for approximately 12 miles to 75th St. W. Turn right onto 75th St. W. travel north approximately 2 miles to the northern terminus 75th St. W. turns into De Soto Memorial

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most remote parks in the National Park System. Located approximately 70 miles west of Key West it is accessible only by a daily concession ferry, private boats, charter boats, or seaplane. Phone (305) 242-7700 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING,

Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Egmont Key is located at the mouth or entrance to Tampa Bay. There are no bridges connecting it to St. Petersburg (to the north) or Anna Maria Island (to the south). Access is limited to watercraft only. Private charters are available in both Manatee and Pinellas Counties for a

Everglades National Park, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Directions to Ernest Coe Visitor Center 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034 Visitors coming from the Miami area and points north should take the Florida Turnpike (Route 821) south until it ends merging with U.S. 1 at Florida City. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Palm

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects 2,900 square nautical miles of waters surrounding the Florida Keys, from south of Miami westward to encompass the Dry Tortugas, excluding Dry Tortugas National Park. The shoreward boundary of the sanctuary is the mean high-water mark, essentially meaning that once you set foot

Florida Keys Wilderness, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions The wilderness islands in National Key Deer Refuge overlaps Great White Heron NWR. These two areas lie north of the main Florida Keys in the Gulf of Mexico with Key West to the west and Marathon to the east, an area approximately 50 miles wide and five to 10

Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions The Florida Panther NWR is located 20 miles east of Naples, FL, on the northwest corner of the intersection of I-75 and State Road 29. The headquarters for the refuge is located at 3860 Tollgate Blvd, Naples, FL, within the Comfort Inn at exit 101 on I-75. Phone 239-657-8001

Fort Caroline National Memorial, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions From Downtown Jacksonville, take Union Street to the Mathews Bridge to the Arlington Expressway to the flyover exit for the Southside Connector. Take the connector to Merrill Road and turn right. Merrill Road becomes Fort Caroline Road in approximately 1/2 mile. Continue on Fort Caroline Road, passing through the

Fort Matanzas National Monument, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Fort Matanzas is 14 miles south of Saint Augustine on State Route A1A. Phone (904) 471-0116 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Florida Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails:

Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Great White Heron NWR is accessible only by boat. However, the refuge is administered as part of the National Key Deer Refuge headquartered on Big Pine Key, which is 100- miles south of Miami. The visitor center is located 1/4-mile north of the traffic light on Key Deer Boulevard

Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions The reserve is divided by the city of St. Augustine, Fla. It stretches approximately 30 miles north and 30 miles south of city, in St. Johns and Flagler counties. Phone 904-823-4500 Activities INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PHOTOGRAPHY, PADDLING, SWIMMING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping

Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Gulf Islands National Seashore is a place of myriad riches – blue-green, sparkling waters, magnificent white beaches, and fertile coastal marshes. Its 13 areas include historic forts, shaded picnic areas, trails, and campgrounds. From Cat Island, Mississippi, it stretches eastward 160 miles tot he Okaloosa Area east of For

Island Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Access to the waters surrounding the islands that make up the Island Bay NWR is by boat only. The islands are not accessible to visitors. Boaters should consult navigational charts and tide schedules before attempting to visit any waters surrounding the refuge. Numerous oyster bars and shallow back bay/estuary

Island Bay Wilderness, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Access to the waters surrounding the islands that make up the Island Bay Wilderness is by boat only. The islands are not accessible to visitors. Boaters should consult navigational charts and tide schedules before attempting to visit any waters surrounding the refuge. Numerous oyster bars and shallow back bay/estuary

J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions The refuge is located approximately 15 miles southwest of Fort Myers on Sanibel Island. Once on the island, turn right onto Periwinkle Drive. Proceed 3 miles to Palm Ridge Road (marked Captiva and Refuge) and bear right. Go through stop sign and continue 2 miles to refuge entrance on

J.N. Ding Darling Wilderness, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions The Wilderness area is located at the Northern portion of Sanibel Island. It can be accessed from the Wildlife Drive and includes the lands and waters within the estuary. The best place to start your visit is the FREE Visitor & Education Center! It is open daily from 9

Key West National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions The refuge is accessible only by boat. However, the refuge is administered as part of the National Key Deer Refuge headquartered on Big Pine Key, which is 100- miles south of Miami. The visitor center is located 1/4-mile north of the traffic light on Key Deer Boulevard in the

Lake Okeechobee, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions The project office is located approximately 65 miles west of West Palm Beach, and 65 miles east of Fort Myers, FL. From W. Palm Beach: Take US-98 heading west, which becomes US-441 North. Take 441N to FL-80 West, which becomes US-27 North. US-27 will take you to Clewiston.From Ft.

Lake Seminole, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions From Tallahassee, FL, 42 mi W on US 90 to Chattahoochee, FL, to North on Decatur Street 1 mi. Decatur Street becomes Booster Club Road, the dam and visitor center are on the left (2382 Booster Club Road). Phone (229) 662-2001 Activities BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Lake Woodruff NWR is located 25 miles west of Daytona Beach, Florida, and 7 miles north of DeLand on U.S. Highway 17 near the community of DeLeon Springs, FL. From Highway 17 in DeLeon Springs, turn west and go one block to Grand Avenue. Turn south on Grand and

Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions The refuge can be accessed from Dixie County road 351 out of Cross City, Dixie County road 349 out of Old Town and Levy County road 347 out of Chiefland. To reach the refuge office, which is located in Levy County: from Gainesville take State Road 26 to Trenton,

Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions Access to the waters surrounding the islands that make up Matlacha Pass NWR is by boat only. The islands are not accessible to visitors. Boaters should consult navigational charts and tide schedules before attempting to visit any waters surrounding the refuge. Numerous oyster bars and shallow back bay/estuary waters

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions From I-95: take Exit 220 (SR 406, Garden St.) east through Titusville. Cross over the Indian River Lagoon. The Refuge entrance sign and information kiosk are located on the east side of the Indian River Lagoon. Refuge maps and brochures are available at the kiosk. Continue east for 4

National Key Deer Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions The National Key Deer Refuge headquarters is located on Big Pine Key which is 100-miles south of Miami and 30-miles north of Key West on Highway US-1. The refuge visitor center is located *-mile north of the traffic light on Key Deer Boulevard in the Big Pine Key Shopping

Ocala National Forest, Florida Camping & Hiking

Activities BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE, PICNICKING, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, FIRE LOOKOUTS/CABINS OVERNIGHT, SWIMMING, DIVING, HORSE CAMPING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Florida Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose

Osceola National Forest, Florida Camping & Hiking

Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, PICNICKING, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, SWIMMING, HORSE CAMPING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Florida Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Florida Hiking Trails

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions From I-95, take Exit 156 towards Sebastian via CR 512 to US 1. There are opportunities to view the historic island’s bird life on guided boat tours through local tour operators or kayak. There are 2 local tour operators off US 1, and one located in Sebastian Inlet State

Pine Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Phone 239-472-1100 Activities BOATING, FISHING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Florida Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Florida Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Florida Recreation Areas The Pine Island NWR is located on the

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions The reserve is five miles south of Naples, Fla. Phone 239-530-5940 Activities BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, HIKING, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PHOTOGRAPHY, PADDLING, SWIMMING, DIVING, SNORKELING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Florida Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions St. Marks NWR is located 25 miles south of Tallahassee, Florida. Take State Hwy. 363 through Woodville to the intersection of State Hwy.363 and State Hwy. 267 (blinking light at this intersection). Turn left onto 267 and drive 4 miles to dead end into U.S.Hwy. 98 (Coastal Hwy). Turn

St. Marks Wilderness, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions The refuge’s Visitor Center and administrative office is located about 25 miles south of Tallahassee, FL. From Tallahassee, take SR 363 (Woodville Hwy) to Wakulla. Turn left (east) on SR 267 (Bloxham Cutoff). At US 98 (Coastal Hwy), turn left (east) and cross the St. Marks River. Turn right

Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, Florida Camping & Hiking

Directions The beautiful expanse of the Timucuan Preserve is located within the city limits of Jacksonville, Florida. The Preserve can be accessed from major roads and highways in and around Jacksonville. Directions to individual park sites such as Kingsley Plantation, American Beach and the Ribault Column can be found on