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10 unique, lesser-known state parks include waterfalls, caves

The Florida Park Service is one of the largest in the U.S. with 175 state parks, trails and historic sites.

The state park system was established in 1935 to take advantage of the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal program designed to provide conservation-related work for unemployed young men during the Great Depression.

Its mission is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources. It currently spans nearly 800,000 acres of land and 100 miles of beaches.

State parks have free entry or nominal fees. Many have paid camping options that vary by site.

Here are 10 unique, lesser-known state parks in the Sunshine State.

People visit the Fairchild Oak in Bulow Creek State Park in Ormond Beach.

Bulow Creek

Bulow Creek State Park protects nearly 5,600 acres, including over 1,500 acres of submerged lands. It’s one of the largest remaining stands of southern live oak forest along Florida’s east coast and features the Fairchild Oak, one of the largest live oak trees in the South that’s over 400 years old.

Several trails allow hikers to explore the park and see white-tailed deer, barred owls and raccoons, as well as great blue herons, wood storks, egrets and wood ducks at the Walter Boardman Pond. The 6.8-mile Bulow Woods Trail is the longest and runs from the Fairchild Oak to Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park, the site of a plantation destroyed during the Second Seminole War in 1836.



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