Friday, July 10, 2015

Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna

Having fun in Northwest Florida.  A National Gold Medal Winner.  Not only were we able to enjoy the true Underground Florida but also the nature trails and a swim in the spring.
While waiting for our cavern tour we walked the Visitor Center Trail through towering hardwoods and limestone bluffs above the river floodplain. We had fun in the Visitor Center talking to a group that brought in a few species of native turtles and bugs. There were educational items the children had fun playing with until the tour started. After we took a guided cave tour we walked the Sinkhole trail.  We went over to the Sweet-gum shelter for a picnic and drove over to the Blue hole Spring for a dip in the cold water.

Items you may see at the park are but not limited to :
cave, stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, bluffs, springs, crayfish, salamanders, bats, snakes, hardwood forest, floodplain forest, swamp, streams, bald cypress, tupelo, swamp chestnut oak, lizard's, spider lilies,wild flowers, spruce pine, white ash, Florida elm, southern magnolias, American beech, black walnut and needle palms.

What can you do in the park:
pets are permitted in some areas
canoeing " canoe rentals"
horseback riding " stables in park"
bicycle riding

The visitor center has a gift shop and you my purchase refreshments,
 trail maps and get other park information.
The ranger station is easily to contact and they are helpful.

You will pay a little for park and cavern entrance but is is well worth it.

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