Out of an abundance of caution, all events, activities, special event reservations, pavilion rentals and camping/cabin reservations at Florida State Parks have been canceled for the next 60 days. Most Florida State Parks remain open for day use; however, hours of operation have been reduced to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In order to implement the Governor’s directive to limit gatherings on public beaches to less than 10, DEP will reduce the visitor capacity at state parks with beaches and swimming areas beginning Thursday, March 19. DEP and Florida State Parks recognize the nature of the situation surrounding COVID-19 and acknowledge these decisions may change quickly. We will continue to keep the public informed on the Florida State Parks webpage, all social media channels and through press releases, as the situation continues to develop.
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Cool air, the sound of dripping water, a visual array of mystifying stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and draperies. This is what greets visitors when they explore the otherworldly depths of Florida Caverns.
Florida Caverns extends visitors a rarity in the state, a chance to explore stunning caves. In moving between the large underground rooms, one can observe the many chisel marks made by 1930s-era Civilian Conservation Corps workers. These hard-working men enlarged the cave passageways by hand, so visitors could stand upright during the guided tours. They also built the park’s spacious visitor’s center. We are excited to welcome everyone back to visit the awe-inspiring splendor of the Florida Caverns State Park.
The Florida Caverns is a natural limestone cave, part of a system of Ocala limestone which stretches out into North Florida and South Alabama and South Georgia.
The Florida Caverns State Park is a 1500 acre sanctuary bordering both banks of the spring fed Chipola River. Cave tours are conducted every day of the week. The visitor center features exhibits and historic artifacts.
The park features an array of activities besides the cave tours, including camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, canoeing on the Chipola River, as well as horseback riding.
The Friends of the Florida Caverns is a Community Service Organization (CSO) dedicated to preserving, protecting and supporting the Florida Caverns State Park.