State of florida which encompass more than 800 000 acres 320 000 ha providing recreational opportunities for both residents and tourists. National park service map of parks in florida.
The national parks in floridahost a wide variety of marine environments from the tropical ecosystems of south florida to the subtropical and temperate climates of the panhandle.
National parks florida. The national parks set a visitation record in 2017 with more than 84 million visitors and set a further record in 2018 with a 0 1 increase. We work with local governments park users scientists recreation providers and non governmental organizations to ensure that floridians have access to safe well managed parks trails and public lands. From the diverse everglades to the historic castillo de san marcos there s a lot to discover here.
While biscayne national park is almost entirely made up of islands and coral reefs everglades national park and big cypress national preserve protect mosaics of rain fed habitat fed by broad shallow rivers sweeping across the south florida landscape. Biscayne national park is one of the national parks in florida that aims to preserve the biscayne bay and the barrier reefs within the area. While you ve probably heard about florida s three big national parks down south the other eight are definitely worth a visit as well.
Some of the best sites guarded by the national park service include national monuments memorials and trails. All 11 of the national parks in florida are some of the most unique in the country. Almost half of the state parks have an associated local 501 c 3 non profit corporation often styled friends of park name state park inc.
Three major national parks blanket much of the southern florida peninsula. The total area protected by national parks is approximately 52 2 million acres 211 000 km 2 for an average of 870 thousand acres 3 500 km 2 but a median of only 229 thousand acres 930 km 2. Elliot key which is part of the park is the largest island in the park.
Top florida national parks. Sandy beaches mangrove swamps barrier islands and lagoons on the gulf and atlantic coasts make florida s parks unique. Everglades national park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee american crocodile and the elusive florida panther.
Florida s national parks aren t just vast stretches of wilderness. The park is made up of 95 water and the extensive mangrove forest along the bay s shore. The florida park service plans for the future of recreation in florida.
There are 175 state parks and 9 state trails in the u s. See reviews and photos of national parks in florida united states on tripadvisor.