Florida Caverns State Park

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Florida Caverns State Park

Florida

(850) 482-9598

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Overview

This is one of the few state parks with dry (air filled) caves and is the only Florida state park to offer cave tours to the public. The cave has dazzling formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones, and draperies. Florida Caverns is also popular for camping, swimming, fishing, picnicking, canoeing, boating, hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding (The park does not rent horses.). Stables are available for equestrian campers. Guided cave tours are offered every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and is considered to be moderately strenuous. An audiovisual program, touring the cave and other natural areas of the park, is available in the visitor center. Located three miles north of Marianna on State Road 166.

Map of Florida Caverns (FL)

Latitude, Longitude: 30.808526, -85.212909

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Activities

  • Boating

    A boat ramp is located between the park entrance station and the family camping area. Only small boats are recommended to launch from this area due to water levels and possible underwater hazards along the Chipola River. Boaters can take a leisurely tour along the river, fish and view a variety of wildlife. Traveling south under the bridge at the boat ramp is not recommended. Canoe rentals are available every day. Ask at the Ranger Station for information on rental. Canoeing is available up the scenic Chipola River. Take a leisurely tour up this Florida Outstanding Waterway and experience more of the "Real Florida" . A wide variety of flora and fauna can be observed during your trip. Herons, egrets, alligators, beavers, and snakes are just a few common sites you will see as you travel upstream through this wonderful natural community. Canoe rentals are available at the park entrance station or visitor center and can be rented for half day and full day trips. Contact the park for information regarding fees.

  • Bicycling

    Multi-use trails: Horseback riding, bicycling, and walking are just some ways to view the beautiful scenery of Florida Caverns State Park. Tour several miles of multiuse trails while viewing natural wonders such as floodplains, sinkholes, rivers and Karst topography. View a wide variety of plants and animals as you journey through these unchanged natural areas. A trail map is available at the designated entrances to these trails as well as the Ranger Station. The Upper Chipola Recreational Trail system has been established through a cooperative effort between Northwest Florida Water Management District and Florida Caverns State Park. Volunteers and staff maintain the trails and invite you to ride horses, bicycle, and walk while enjoying the real Florida.

  • Camping

    This 1,319-acre park has 35 campsites with electric and water hookups available for RV and tent camping. Three sites are RV/trailer only and three sites are tent-only. There are stables for visitors who bring their horses by three of the RV/tent sites. Pets are welcome.

    Maximum RV length is 40 ft.

    Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

    The Youth Camp, located near the visitor center, accommodates 100 campers. Two toilets, a cold shower, a water faucet, picnic tables and two large fire pits are located in the camping area. Call the park for reservations at (850) 482-1228.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is available at the boat ramp located on Blue Hole Drive. A variety of fish, such as bass, catfish, sunfish, mullet, etc. can be caught from this area. A unique river sink is located here, where the Chipola River sinks 90 feet below the surface and finally reappears ½ mile downstream. Prior to the early 1900s, a ½ mile natural land bridge existed where the Chipola River disappeared into a sinkhole. Evidently at that time, a " log run" was created across the natural land bridge for the purpose of floating felled timber downstream to a nearby sawmill. Please be sure to know your limits and follow all rules and regulations while fishing at Florida Caverns State Park.

  • Hiking

    The park offers two nature trails that allow you to explore the beautiful rocky bluffs that tower above the river floodplain. Both trails start at the visitor center. The terrain is steep in places and considered mildly strenuous. Because the bluffs are such a unique environment many rare species of plants can be seen. The trails are for foot traffic only. There are also multi-use trails.

  • Horseback Riding

    An Equestrian Facility is located in the center of the multiuse trail system. Horseback riders can enjoy the use of stables. A wash rack is located directly behind these stables to clean and cool the horses after a hard day's work. Restrooms and picnic shelters are also nearby for your convenience. Equestrian camping is available. Please be sure to bring proof of negative Coggins for each horse. At this time the park does not rent horses. Horses are restricted to trails.

  • Picnicking

    Six picnic areas are located throughout the park for your enjoyment. Tables and grills are available on a first-come, first -served basis. There are five pavilions that may be reserved in advance for a special event. The Hickory Shelter has a restroom facility and a playground nearby. The Horse Camp Shelter is located directly across from the Blue Hole swimming Area. Other Shelters include Beech Shelter and the Sweetgum Shelter.

  • Water Sports

    Located near the campground, the Blue Hole Spring rises to create the Blue Hole swimming area. This favorite warm weather attraction provides a great way to cool down during the hot summer months. The spring water is usually clear during periods of low rainfall. A floating dock extends out over the spring vent to provide bathers access to the swimming area. Two bridges on the north & south ends of the swimming area are good locations for viewing wildlife and enjoying the surrounding scenery. The spring vent has been measured at 97 feet deep and during periods of heavy rain; flood waters may rise more than 10 feet above normal levels. Scuba diving is not permitted. There are no lifeguards on duty, swim at your own risk.

Park Partners

Friends of Florida Caverns State Park

The mission of the Friends of Florida Caverns is to support Florida Caverns State Park by acting as a non-profit corporation as defined and regulated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. This Citizen's Support Organization (CSO) will act to generate and employ additional resources and to augment the state park's existing funding in order to maintain, enhance, and expand the state services to the public. Funding will be accomplished through special events, activities, and other programs.

(850) 482-1228

Directions

Driving

Florida Caverns State Park is located 3 Miles North of Marianna, Off of U.S. 90 on S.R. 166. From Tallahassee: Take I-10 west to exit 142, turn right on Hwy 71 N to Hwy 90, turn left. Follow brown park signs. From Pensacola: Take I-10 East to exit 136, turn left on Hwy 276 N to Hwy 90, turn right. Follow brown park signs.

Phone Numbers

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(850) 482-9598

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