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State Parks

The Florida Parks Service strives to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.

Myakka River State Park
Myakka River - At 53 square miles, Myakka River State Park is one of Florida's premier parks. The Wild and Scenic Myakka River through the park which also boasts a rare Florida ecosystem, the dry prairie.

Anclote Key Preserve State Park
Anclote Key - Anclote Key Preserve State Park, a barrier island located about three miles northwest of Tarpon Springs in the Gulf of Mexico, boasts four miles of beautiful beaches, primitive camping and picnicking.

Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park
Werner-Boyce Salt Springs - Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, found in Pasco County near the city of Port Richey, is one of the most recent additions to the Florida State Park system and currently offers a nature trail, restroom facilities and inshore saltwater fishing.

Florida State Parks in the Tampa Bay Area
Florida State Parks - There are more than a dozen Florida State Parks and Historic Sites in the Tampa Bay Area.

Hillsborough River State Park
Hillsborough River State Park, a 3,950-acre park found six miles south of Zephyrhills in Hillsborough County, offers a wide range of activities including hiking, swimming, canoeing and fishing.

Alafia River State Park
Alafia River State Park, found near Lithia in Hillsborough County, offers off-road mountain bicycle trails, horseback riding trails, hiking, fishing and bird-watching.

Caladesi Island
Accessible only by private boat or by ferry from nearby Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island State Park boasts white sand beaches, great for sunbathing, swimming and shelling.

Honeymoon Island State Park
Situated across St. Joseph's Sound from Crystal Beach, 385-acre Honeymoon Island State Park boasts four miles of beach and offers visitors birding, fishing, hiking and sunbathing opportunities.

Little Manatee River State Park
Little Manatee River State Park, found near Wimauma in Hillsborough, takes its name from a river which flows 40 miles from its headwaters in a swampy area near Fort Lonesome to empty into Tampa Bay.

Hillsborough River State Park
Opened in 1938, Hillsborough River State Park, near Thonotosassa in Hillsborough County, is a favorite destination for hikers as well as those interested in kayaking and canoeing. History buffs will find Fort Foster, a replica of an 1837 fort occupied during the Second Seminole War.

Egmont Key State Park
Serving primarily as a wildlife refuge, Egmont Key State Park, found at the mouth of Tampa Bay, can only be reached by private boat and features great shelling, pristine beaches and a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858.

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