2175 Hwy 71 South
Marianna, FL 32448-2540
Phone: (850) 526-5600
Fax: (850) 482-7899
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.
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.
Experience Florida's forest at this state park just over an hour from Panama City. Located three miles south of Chipley, Falling Waters is home to Falling Waters Sink, the state's highest waterfall. Take the beautiful Sink Hole trail to see water cascade into a stream that plummets 73 feet to the bottom, after which the water's destination remains a mystery. Don't miss the butterfly garden, featuring both indigenous and non-native species. Take a swim in the lake or have a picnic. The park features full-facility campsites as well as pavilions that seat dozens of visitors. Admission fees are $4 per vehicle, $1 for each additional passenger or for pedestrians or cyclists. Check the website for information on reserving a large pavilion space. It is open daily from 8 am onwards.
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.