1403 Tallahassee Hwy
Bainbridge, GA 39819-7705
Phone: (229) 243-7000
Fax: (229) 243-7728
Built in the era of the Great Depression, it was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Located along the Irwin's Mill Creek, this state park offers plethora of activities to its visitors. Hiking, fishing , swimming, camping and much more can be enjoyed here.
Built and inhabited between 1200 and 1500 CE, Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park was the ceremonial center for the people of the Lake Walton culture. Once a large complex spread over 47 acres, Lake Jackson contained temples, mounds and village areas. Today, archaeological features in the park include four excavated temple mounds, the largest of which is 36 feet tall. The main nature trail that runs through the park leads you past other interesting historical features like the remains of a 19th-century grist mill and other historical remnants from the mid-1800s. There is also an archaeology display of replicas of artifacts found onsite.
Named for a rare variety of Torreya tree that grows exclusively here on the bluffs above the Apalachicola River, this state park is nothing short of breathtaking. Find year-round, picnicking, hiking, and other outdoor sports, and when the heat dies down don't miss some of Florida's finest fall color. Torreya is also a popular bird-watching destination, with over 100 species known to inhabit the park. The park's main campground features full-facility campsites, a YURT, or Year-round Universal Recreational Tent), as well as a youth campground and primitive campsites. Don't miss Torreya's ranger-guided tours of the Gregory House, an 1849 plantation home. Please note that Florida State Parks prohibit open flames, including campfires. It is open daily from 8am.
Just over an hour north of Panama City, this park sets itself apart from the rest. One of the few of Florida's state parks with dry caves, Florida Caverns is the only one to offer tours of its caves. Don't forget your good walking shoes for this “moderately strenuous” 45 minute tour and get up-close-and-personal with some stellar stalactites. In addition, Florida Caverns offers numerous outdoor activities and camping, as well as stables for overnight horse camping, although horses are not available for rent. Stop by the visitor's center for audiovisual tours of anything you may have missed. Please note open flames, including campfires, are prohibited in all Florida State Parks. Daily entrance fees are $4 per vehicle and $1 for additional passengers and pedestrians. Cave tour fees vary by age, and campsites are $17 plus tax. It is open daily from 8 am onwards.
Among the biggest and most ancient Woodland period mound complexes in the Southeastern United States and also the biggest in Georgia, the Kokomoi Mounds were built from 350CE to 600CE. They got listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1964. Tourists can visit the museum and view the artefacts on display and watch a short movie on the civilization. The region also has 24 campsites and plenty of recreational options like biking, hiking, fishing etc. There are plenty of activities for children too.
Located two hours outside Panama City, this gorgeous park is well worth the drive. Experience Florida's flora and fauna, such as the Wakulla Springs' turtles, deer, alligators, and birds. Glide down the parks waterways on daily guided riverboat tours, or maybe a glass bottom boat tour on days when the water is clear. In the summertime, get a break from the scorching Florida heat with nice cool swim. Special to this park is the Wakulla Springs Lodge, built in 1937, that invites you to eat it its year-round dining room, stay the night in one if its guest rooms, or perhaps use one of its large facilities for a retreat. Park admission fees are $4 per vehicle, and $1 for each additional passenger or pedestrian. Check out the website for lodging and tour rates. It is open daily from 8 am.
Encompassing a huge land cover of 632,890 acres (256,121 hectares), the Apalachicola National Forest stands as the biggest U.S. National Forest in Florida. Being in the southeastern conifer forest region, the areas with dry and sandy soil favors the pine sandhills including the east Gulf coastal plain pine. It provides varied recreational sites and activities that include fishing, hunting, boating, swimming, hiking and horse-back riding. A wildlife management area in itself, the Apalachicola National Forest boats of scenic beauty such as the Came Lake, Apalachee Savannah Byway and the Fort Gadsden, to enlist a few.