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~Start 2013 with a hike in Florida's state parks and trails~


TALLAHASSEE The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service invites the public to get back to nature and start the New Year out right by participating in America's State Parks First Day Hikes 2013 on Jan. 1.

America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on Jan. 1 at a state park. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. Currently, there are 627 First Day Hikes spanning all 50 states. The Florida Park Service is proud to host more than 60 events, the most of any state.

“I encourage Florida families and visitors to begin 2013 in our state parks and enjoy the natural world around you,” said Donald Forgione, Florida Park Service Director. “Join others across Florida and the nation for a First Day Hike as part of a national health and outdoor awareness movement.”

Start times will vary by park. Please check the park’s event page for details. The events will take place:

Northwest Region

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee

Blackwater River State Park

7720 Deaton Bridge Road, Holt

Camp Helen State Park

23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach

Grayton Beach State Park

357 Main Park Road, Santa Rosa Beach

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

4281 State Road 20, Niceville

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

8899 Cape San Blas Road, Port St. Joe

Florida Caverns State Park        

3345 Caverns Road, Marianna

St. Andrews State Park

4607 State Park Lane, Panama City

Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park

12301 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola

Northeast Region

Rainbow Springs State Park

19158 S.W. 81st Place Road, Dunnellon

Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve

12 S.W. 125th Court, Cedar Key

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

12087 S.W. U.S. 27, Fort White

Manatee Springs State Park

11650 N.W. 115th Street, Chiefland

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

18700 S. County Road 325, Cross Creek

O'Leno State Park

0 SE O'Leno Park Road, High Springs

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

100 Savannah Boulevard, Micanopy

Central Region

Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park

4335 Firetower Road, Haines City

Anastasia State Park

1340-A State Road A1A South, St. Augustine

Blue Spring State Park

2100 W. French Avenue, Orange City

Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

3165 Old King Road, Flagler Beach

Colt Creek State Park

16000 State Rd 471, Lakeland

De Leon Springs State Park

601 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, De Leon Springs

Dunns Creek State Park

U.S. 17 North, Pomona Park

Faver-Dykes State Park

1000 Faver-Dykes Road, St. Augustine

Fort Mose Historic State Park

15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

3100 S. State Road A1A, Flagler Beach

Haw Creek at Tomoka State Park

2099 North Beach Street, Ormond Beach

Hontoon Island State Park

2309 River Ridge Road, Deland

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

33104 N.W. 192nd Avenue, Okeechobee

Lake Griffin State Park

9 U.S. 441/27, Fruitland Park

Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park

8300 W. State Road 46, Sanford

Palatka-to-St Augustine State Trail

1600 Twigg Street, Palatka

Ravine Gardens State Park

1600 Twigg Street, Palatka

Rock Springs Run State Reserve

30601 CR 433, Sorrento

St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

1000 Buffer Preserve Drive, Fellsmere

Sebastian Inlet State Park

9700 S. State Road A1A, Melbourne Beach

Silver River State Park

1425 N.E. 58th Avenue, Ocala

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

6400 N. Oceanshore Boulevard, Palm Coast

Wekiwa Springs State Park

1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka

Southwest Region

Lovers Key State Park

8700 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach

Myakka River State Park

13208 State Road 72, Sarasota

Stump Pass Beach State Park

900 Gulf Blvd, Englewood

Honeymoon Island State Park

#1 Causeway Boulevard, Dunedin

Caladesi Island State Park

#1 Causeway Boulevard, Dunedin

Hillsborough River State Park

15402 U.S. 301 North, Thonotosassa

Southeast Region

Bahia Honda State Park

36850 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

905 Shorewinds Drive, Fort Pierce

Seabranch Preserve State Park

State Road A1A, Stuart

Curry Hammock State Park

56200 Overseas Highway, Marathon

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

3109 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach

John U. Lloyd Beach State Park

6503 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach

Oleta River State Park

3400 N.E. 163rd Street, North Miami

Savannas Preserve State Park

2541 Walton Road, Port St. Lucie

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

1200 S. Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne

Long Key State Park

67400 Overseas Highway, Long Key

Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail        

3 La Croix Court, Key Largo


Visit the website for a complete list of special events in Florida’s state parks.