The Florida Caverns State Park is a great place for a day out or weekend break. For most visitors, a cave tour is the highlight of a trip to the park. There are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy in the area so you may want to consider spending a few nights at Florida Caverns State Park cabins.
Best Hiking Trails in Florida Caverns State Park
The park offers two nature trails as well as the cave tour for walkers to enjoy. These hikes are all classified as easy and are perfect for the whole family to enjoy together. If you plan to do both hikes and the cave tour you might consider staying in Florida Caverns State Park cabins for a night or two. There are 6 miles of multi-use trails in the park for those wanting to explore the area.
1. The Cavern Tour
A 0.75-mile walk 25 feet below the ground is sure to be an exciting adventure for everyone. The entire tour lasts about 45 minutes and provides information on the formation of the caves and surrounding area. The ceiling is only 4 feet high at some points so people suffering from claustrophobia may want to avoid this hike.
2. Tunnel Cave
This is a one-mile hike that starts at the visitors center and passes through the small Tunnel Cave. The loop takes in swamps and a rocky climb to the bluff.
3. Nature Trail
The longest trail in the park at 2-miles in length, takes in the scenic views from the top of the bluff and passes by the swimming hole. An easy walk that should take 2 to 3 hours to complete.
Best Family Activities in Florida Caverns State Park
There are plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy at Florida Caverns State Park including the Cavern Tour, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, hiking and a large playground. Families may want to spend a few days in the area relaxing and exploring.
The Florida Caverns State Park has a large swimming area created by the Chipola River that flows through the park. Known as the Blue Swimming Hole, this swimming area is great fun and safe for the whole family.
Hire a canoe and explore the Chipola River. You may see alligators, herons, turtles and beavers while you paddle along.
3. Park Ranger programs
Throughout the summer months the park rangers run a number of educational and fun programs for kids. In the evenings they hold campfire circles where you can make smores and learn about the park. Families may want to stay at a Florida Caverns State Park Hotels to really take part in the programs on offer.