From beaches to marshes and crystal clear springs the scenery in Florida is always breathtaking. Get in touch with nature on these 5 gorgeous Florida hikes.
Hillsborough River State Park – Thonotosassa, FL
Sitting just outside of Tampa, Hillsborough River State Park is home to over 7 miles of hiking trails. Enjoy views of the Hillsborough River, journey over the suspension bridge, and visit a replica of Fort Foster. Take the River Rapids Nature Trail and explore river rapids like no other in Florida.
Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve – Bristol, FL
Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve works to maintain one of Florida’s rarest habitats: steephead ravines and streams. The Garden of Eden Trail will take you on a hike unlike any other in Florida with its ascents and descents. The trail eventually opens up to a breathtaking view of the Apalachicola River that will have you forgetting you’re in Florida.
Highlands Hammock State Park – Sebring, FL
Bring the kids and enjoy nine beautiful hiking trails at Highlands Hammock State Park. Home to more rare and endemic species than any other state park in Florida, an adventurous and nature-filled day is promised. Take Wild Orange and Hickory Loop from September – May and enjoy the blooming wildflowers.
Weedon Island State Park – St. Petersburg, FL
Combining nature and history, Weedon Island State Park offers easy hikes that everyone will enjoy. Take Boy Scout Loop and walk with nature on an authentic Florida nature trail or explore the mangroves using the many boardwalks and observation decks. Visit the Natural History Center and learn about the historical significance of the area.
Bulow Creek State Park – Ormond Beach, FL
Bulow Creek State Park is home to one of the largest remaining stands of Southern Live Oak forest along Florida’s east coast. Take the 7-mile hike that starts at the over 400-year old Fairchild Oak and leads to the Bulow Plantation Ruins. Throughout the hike, you will explore old-growth forests and oak hammocks while spotting local wildlife such as deer, fox, woodpeckers, and bald eagles.