You Can Visit Florida State Parks But Campgrounds Are Still Off Limits
Returning to nature has offered a much-needed respite for Floridians who have been diligently following stay-at-home and social distancing advisories. Now that our beloved beaches, nature preserves, and parks are opening up again, it's the perfect opportunity to take advantage of to get out of the house. There are still many restrictions in place to help keep you safe, however, and all Florida State Park campgrounds and cabins staying closed through May is one of them.
Florida State Parks and recreation centers began opening to the public again last month, with some park amenities remaining closed, and strict social distancing guidelines imposed. The decision to keep campgrounds closed was made to further protect the safety and health of both staff and visitors.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has deemed day use of the parks safe for visitors as Florida moves through its Phase 1 of reopening. Restrictions like limited park capacity, reduced hours, and closed amenities like bathrooms and ballparks are compromises that are being made for the time being.
If you had reservations to camp any of Florida's State Park campsites between May 16 and 20, their official website and Insta post explain that reservations will be automatically canceled and refunded in full through ReserveAmerica.
Would-be campers should expect to receive a cancellation confirmation email within the next few days, and no further action is required to receive your refund.
While you may not get to camp overnight as soon as you may have hoped, many locations with great hiking trails are currently accessible.
When adventuring out into Florida’s parks, remember to stay in small groups, clean up your trash, and practice social distancing!
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.