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Status updates for Bicycling, Boating, Camping, Equestrian Activities, Boat Ramp, Campfire, Visitor Center, RV, Playground and others…

Bicycling

Multi-use trails closed due to Hurricane Michael

We are in the process of clearing trails, thank you for your patience as we work diligently to open them back up.

Bicycling is currently allowed on the park drive to Hickory Pavilion, Visitor Center, and back to the ranger station approximately 1.5 miles one way.  Use caution riding on the road as it is shared with vehicle traffic.  Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.  Please remember that flowers are for everyone; insects bite; trails have wet areas; and moving water is dangerous!

Boating

River access is currently closed to the public due to Hurricane Michael.

Camping

Closed due to Hurricane Michael

We are in the process of repairing the camping facilities, thank you for your patience as we work diligently to make repairs.

This 1,500-acre park has 38 campsites, for both recreational vehicles (RV’s) and tents.  All sites are within a short walk or bike ride to the Blue Hole Day Use Area.  Thirty-two campsites in the Blue Hole camping area are equipped with 30/50-amp electricity, water, sewer hookups, a picnic table, an in-ground grill and a fire ring. Three RV/trailer campsites in the Equestrian Camping Area have all amenities mentioned above but do not have sewer hookups.  A communal dump station is free for park campers located at the entrance to the Youth Camp.  Stables are available for visitors who bring their horses if camping in the Equestrian Camping Facility. Three primitive tent camp sites in the Equestrian Camping Area have all amenities mentioned above but do not have electricity or sewer hookups.

        • Restrooms with showers are available in both camping areas.
        • Pets are permitted in accordance with our Pet Policy.
        • Maximum RV length for the Blue Hole Campground = 32 ft.
        • Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book online or call 800-326-3521 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or TDD 888-433-0287.

Camping Equestrian

Closed due to Hurricane Michael

We are in the process of repairing the camping facilities, thank you for your patience as we work diligently to make repairs.

There are six sites located in the Equestrian camping area within walking distance of the Blue Hole Day Use Area.  Three sites are RV/trailer only and three sites are tent-only.  The three RV/trailer sites are equipped with 30/50-amp electricity, water, a picnic table, an in-ground grill and a fire ring.  No sewer hookups are available in these sites.  A communal dump station is free for park campers located at the entrance to the Youth Camp.  Stables are available for visitors who bring their horses if camping in the Equestrian Camping Facility.  Please be sure to bring proof of negative Coggins for each horse.  Horses are restricted to trails.

        • Three primitive tent camp sites in the Equestrian Camping Area have all amenities mentioned above but do not have electricity.
        • Restrooms with showers are available for registered campers.
        • Pets are permitted in accordance with our Pet Policy.
        • Maximum RV length in the Equestrian camping area= 40 ft.
        • Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica.. Book online or call 800-326-3521 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or TDD 888-433-0287.

Camping, Primitive Group

Closed due to Hurricane Michael

We are in the process of repairing the camping facilities, thank you for your patience as we work diligently to make repairs.

The youth camp, located near the visitor center in a large open area, has two spacious sites that can accommodate organized youth groups with up to 25 campers per site. Two toilets, a cold-water shower, potable water, picnic tables and two large fire pits are in the camping area. Chaperones must remain with the group at all times.

        • For more information and reservations, please call the park at 850-482-1228.

Geo-Seeking

Closed due to Hurricane Michael

Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It’s effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that’s a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land-use ethics should be followed.

Horseback Riding

Multi-use trails closed due to Hurricane Michael

We are in the process of clearing trails, thank you for your patience as we work diligently to open them back up.

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 multi-use 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 scenic natural areas.

Trail maps are available at the Ranger Station upon request.

Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.

Please remember that flowers are for everyone; insects bite; trails have wet areas; and moving water is dangerous!

Paddling

Closed due to Hurricane Michael

We are in the process of clearing access to the river, but it remains closed until further notice.

Canoe rentals on the scenic Chipola River are available daily.  Contact the Florida Caverns Gift Shop 850-482-1228 for more information.  A wide variety of flora and fauna can be observed during your trip. Herons, egrets, alligators, beavers and snakes are just a few common sights you may see as you travel upstream through this wonderful natural community.

        • Canoe rentals are available at the Florida Caverns Gift Shop and can be rented for half-day and full-day trips.  Call the Florida Caverns Gift Shop for more information 850-526-2650.
        • Traveling south under the bridge at the boat ramp is not recommended.

Picnicking

Picnicking is available at the Visitor & Hickory Pavilion only – all others remain closed due to Hurricane Michael

        • The Visitor Center has multiple picnic tables in a shaded uncovered area close to the Gift Shop.
        • Hickory Pavilion has multiple picnic tables and two grills available on a first-come, first-served basis.
        • For reservations of the Hickory Pavilion, please call the Ranger Station at 850-482-1228.

Tours

Guided cave tour tickets can be purchased daily, in person, at the Florida Caverns Gift Shop. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9 a.m. Central Standard Time, Monday through Sunday, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

We are excited to announce the surface-based lighting and electrical system that illuminates the cave, has been restored. We are now able to offer guided cave tours with a state-of-the-art LED lighting system. The lighting system helps with energy efficiency, while protecting the light sensitive ecosystems of the cavern. Visitors are now able to see the cave formations clearly without the use of a flashlight. Tour guides will take you on a journey through time to see formations that have grown slowly over thousands of years.

        • Groups of 20 or more may make reservations no less than three weeks in advance. Please contact the  Florida Caverns Gift Shop Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST at 850-526-2650 for group reservations.
        • Limited parking is available. Arrive early – cave tickets may sell out in advance.
        • Tour Information

Walking and Running

Multi-use trails closed due to Hurricane Michael

We are in the process of clearing trails, thank you for your patience as we work diligently to open them back up.

        • A short half mile walking loop around the visitor center is currently open to the public.
        • An audiovisual guided trail walk, and park tour video are available in the museum.

Amenities

Accessible Amenities

Florida Caverns State Park is committed to providing a variety of amenities accessible to all our visitors.

These amenities include:

        • Visitor center and museum with a full audiovisual guided cave tour video.
        • Concession and gift shop.
        • Picnic facilities with tables and grills.
        • Service animals are welcome in all areas of Florida State Parks.

Boat Ramp

Closed due to Hurricane Michael

We are in the process of clearing access to the river, but it remains closed until further notice.

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.

Campfire Circles

Closed due to Hurricane Michael

Campgrounds

Closed due to Hurricane Michael

Canoe Kayak Launch

Closed due to Hurricane Michael

We are in the process of clearing access to the river, but it remains closed until further notice.

Concession and Restaurant

The park’s concession is located below the historic visitor center in the Florida Caverns Gift Shop. Guided cave tour tickets may be purchased there.  Refreshments and souvenirs are also available for purchase.

Equestrian Trail

Closed due to Hurricane Michael

We are in the process of repairing the camping facilities, thank you for your patience as we work diligently to make repairs.

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 nearby for your convenience and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

        • 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.

Interpretive Exhibit/Parking/Picnic Pavilion

Hickory Pavilion is open, all others remain CLOSED due to Hurricane Michael.

Four picnic areas are located throughout the park for your enjoyment. Tables and grills are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Picnic Pavilions may be reserved in advance for a special event. Currently only one shelter is open.

        • The Hickory Shelter has a restroom facility and a playground nearby. (Open)
        • The Horse Camp Shelter is located directly across from the Blue Hole swimming area. (Closed)
        • Other shelters include Beech Shelter and the Sweetgum Shelter. (Closed)
        • Contact the ranger station for shelter reservations and dates. Picnic shelter prices are as follows:
          • Large shelter: Hickory Shelter (holds between 60 to 100 people) $60 per day, plus tax. (Open)
          • Small shelters: Sweetgum, Horse Camp and Beech (hold between 30 to 60 people) are $30 per day, plus tax. (Closed)

Playground

A small playground is located in the Hickory Day Use Area. It is equipped with a slide, swings, and pull up bars.  It is conveniently located close to the Hickory pavilion and restroom facility.

Shower Station

The Blue Hole day use shower station is closed due to Hurricane Michael.

Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is a unique limestone structure built from locally source materials and was completed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1942, as a part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal Project.  A self-guided museum is located upstairs in the visitor center with a large variety of exhibits offering historical, cultural, and natural resource information.  Visitors can watch an entire guided cave tour on a video screen inside the museum.