Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens
The Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens contain over 1,000 acres of lush foliage, blooming flowers, two lakes, a pond and a series of trails. Unpaved hiking trails are shaded by a forest canopy where visitors can enjoy bird watching, lake views and breathtaking floral architecture. Canoeing and kayaking are some of the park's most popular activities, while other opportunities for recreation include horseback riding, hiking, bicycling and swimming. Wildlife can be found everywhere in the park, including white tail deer, bobcat and alligators.
Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park
The Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological Park is one of the most important archaeological sites in Florida. The park is part of what is now known as the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex, and contains history and heritage from Native American inhabitants. Artifacts left behind have been used to identify the age and culture of the site. The park encompasses six earthen temple mounds, one possible burial mound, a leveled plaza, a trading area and a village area of individual residences. The largest mound is 300 feet wide at the base and approximately 36 feet tall. Visitors are allowed to tour the mounds at their leisure or picnic in many areas throughout the park. Additionally, the park offers guided tours and interpretive programs upon request.
Apalachicola National Forest
The Apalachicola National Forest is the largest forest in Florida. At 571,088 acres, the park boasts almost 100 miles of designated hiking trails, 13 miles of biking trails, and primitive camping all throughout the forest. 2,735 acres of the park is composed of water, providing an abundance of recreation such as snorkeling, boating and fishing. Within the forest is the Leon Sinks Geological Area, where visitors can see numerous wet and dry sinkholes, natural depressions, a natural bridge and a disappearing stream. There are also numerous historical buildings in the forest, some of which have been standing since the 1800's. Two wilderness preservation areas exist within the park where visitors have reported seeing bears, alligators and wild boars.