Florida State Park Rules

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  • Florida State Parks are open from 8 a.m. to sunset every day of the year. Many museums, visitor centers and historic sites may be closed two days per week, usually Tuesday and Wednesday. Hours may vary, so check the park's page for details.
  • Most state parks require an entrance fee. Additional user fees may apply for activities such as camping, canoe rentals and tours.
  • All plants, animals and park property are protected. The collection, destruction or disturbance of plants, animals or park property is prohibited.
  • Pets are permitted in designated areas only. Where allowed, pets must be kept on a hand-held leash no longer than six feet and be well behaved at all times. Service animals are welcome in all areas of the parks.
  • Fishing, boating, swimming and fires are allowed in designated areas only. A Florida fishing license may be required.
  • Fireworks are prohibited in all Florida State Parks.
  • Hunting is prohibited in Florida State Parks. The state reserves offer special hunting seasons.
  • Alcoholic beverage consumption is allowed in designated areas only.
  • Hammock use and any other associated lines may be attached to trees that are a minimum of 12 inches in diameter measured at chest height and using a minimum of 1-inch-wide flat web straps. Some parks may provide hammock posts instead of trees.
  • For reservations for cabins or camping, go online or call 800-326-3521 or TDD 888-433-0287.
  • Florida's state parks are committed to providing equal access to all facilities and programs. Should you need assistance to enable your participation, please contact staff at any ranger station or call 850-245-3076 (voice) or 711 (Florida Relay Service).

 State Trails Etiquette

  • Bicyclists and in-line skaters yield to other users; all trail users yield to equestrians.
  • Obey all trail rules posted at trailheads.
  • Stay to the right except when passing.
  • Pass slower traffic on their left; yield to oncoming traffic when passing.
  • Give a clear warning signal when passing.
  • Always look ahead and behind when passing.
  • Travel at a responsible speed.
  • Move off the trail surface when stopped to allow others to pass.
  • Yield to other trail users when entering and crossing the trail.
  • Keep pets under control on a maximum 6-foot leash; walk them along the edge of any shared-use trail.
  • Do not trespass on private property.
  • Do not disturb wildlife. All animal and plant life is protected in Florida State Parks.
  • Watch out for traffic at road crossings. Obey all traffic signals.
  • Helmets are required by Florida law for cyclists and equestrians under the age of 16 and are recommended for all ages.
  • Equestrians should carry a copy of a negative Coggins test. (Chapter 5C-18.010, F.A.C.). Without documentation, you could be subject to a fine.