Believe it or not, Florida is one of the best states in the country to grab a backpack, a hammock and hit the trail for an adventure you won’t forget. True, Florida is best known for its beaches and theme parks, but there’s so much more to this state, specifically for hiker and hammockers, that most don’t know.
Take a look at some of the top destinations in Florida for hiking, hammocking and camping – and don’t forget to plan your next trip here!
Ocala National Forest
Ocala National Forest is home to 360,000 acres of area to hike. It consists of 75-miles of the 1,300 mile Florida National Scenic Trail and is considered one of the best and most beautiful in the state. At the Ocala National Forest, you’ll be amongst beautiful hills, ponds, pine forest and boardwalks through cypress and gum swamps.
Little Talbot Island
If you’re a fan fishing, kayaking and surfing, then Little Talbot Island is the place for you. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking beaches and an array of wildlife on one of the trails that is about four-miles long. Visitors can also head over to one of the park’s pavilions for a romantic sunset dinner.
Big Shoals State Park
Located about one mile east of White Springs, FL, whitewater rapids is another excellent place to backpack and hammock while in Florida. If you’re a thrill seeker, be sure to grab a kayak and trek down the Suwanee or go for a nature filled hike.
Bullow Creek State Park
Bullow Creek State Park is home to a few of the largest and oldest live oaks in the entire state of florida. The main attraction here is the Fairchild Oak, which is approximately 400 years old and one of the largest live oaks in the south.
Big Cypress National Preserve
Believe it or not, Big Cypress National Preserve is located underwater. Be sure you come prepared to wade more then hike. However, if you live for the thrill you’ll love it when you spot an alligator – just don’t get too close!
Osceola National Forest
Big this really do come in small packages. This park is small in size but has a lot to offer. Check out the Olustee Battlefield, where the largest Civil War battle in Florida took place, and possibly spot a Florida black bear!
Bok Tower Gardens
Located in Lake Wales, FL, Bok tower Gardens is an awe-inspiring garden and bird sanctuary. It’s a National Historic Landmark and an absolute must-see and must-visit for hammockers and backpackers.
Blue Springs State Park
At Blue Spring State Park, not only is the water a beautiful bright blue, endangered manatees are actually present in large numbers and are usually the main attraction at this Florida state park.
Are you planning a trip to any of these park to camp, backpack and hang out on your hammock? We’d love to hear about it! Tell us about your experience in the comments below!
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