You don't have to spend your whole summer on the beach to soak up the best of the Sunshine State. Florida has some of the most incredible hikes that give you a chance to stretch your legs while also enjoying the lush natural landscape. Taking a hike is the perfect way to shake up your routine or even stay active with a view, so try out these awesome Florida hiking trails for a unique and enchanting getaway.

Florida Caverns State Park

Price: $5 per vehicle 

Address: 3345 Caverns Rd., Marianna, FL 

Why You Need To Go: Rock formations and dense tropical forests will line these hiking pathways. If you follow Bluff Trail at the park, you'll walk through a hidden cave tunnel that will fuel your sense of adventure.

Big Shoals State Park 

Price: $4 per vehicle

Address: 18738 S.E. 94th St., White Springs, FL

Why You Need To Go: The whitewater rapids at this gorgeous state park make the trip the most worthwhile. Embark on Big Shoals trail to soak in the views. 

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve 

Price: Free

Address: 12713 Ft Caroline Rd, Jacksonville, FL

Why You Need To Go: You can follow a winding boardwalk on Spanish Pond Trail and also find ancient ruins at this unusual Sunshine State spot.  

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Price: $3 per vehicle 

Address: 137 Coastline Dr., Copeland, FL

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy an easy hike on Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk and admire the diverse wildlife found on this trail.

Bulow Creek State Park 

Price: Free

Address: 3351 Old Dixie Hwy., Ormond Beach, FL

Why You Need To Go: You can visit ruins of Florida's past and sit beneath a 400-year-old oak tree at this enchanting destination. 

Blowing Rocks Preserve

Price: $2 per person

Address: 575 S. Beach Rd., Hobe Sound, FL

Why You Need To Go: This preserve has hobbit-like natural tunnels made of seagrape shrubs and an otherwordly rocky landscape that's perfect for dreamy beach photos.

Alafia River State Park 

Price: $5 per vehicle

Address: 14326 County Rd. 39, Lithia, FL

Why You Need To Go: Bring your bike along and try out the ramps at this unusual park, or opt for a regular hike on one of the hilly trails.

Collier-Seminole State Park 

Price: $5 per vehicle

Address: 20200 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, FL 

Why You Need To Go: You'll see palm trees and mangroves at this vibrant park that's also great for wildlife viewing. Bring your friend who hates hiking to wander the boardwalk trails.


These nature paths belong at the top of your summer bucket list. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, you'll love the stunning views and fresh air while you explore the most beautiful parts of the Sunshine State.

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.

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