Get Outdoors: Florida’s most visited state parks and trails
Florida News: Figures released for the most popular state parks
Wondering which park to choose for one of your outdoor activities? Try the most popular from 2011 attendance figures just released by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Among the top 10 state parks visited by approximately 21.1 million visitors, a majority were in the Florida Keys.
More than 1.7 million people visited the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail last year. The multi-use pathway follows US Highway 1 for 106 miles from Key Largo to Key West (right now about 70 miles of it are paved). One of the focal points of the trail are the 23 the crossing of historic Flagler Railroad bridges and the variety of access points, from national parks such as the Everglades National Park, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge to 10 state parks including John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Bahia Honda State Park which are in the Top 10 list below.
Top 10 state parks
- Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin
- Gasparilla Island State Park, Boca Grande
- St. Andrews State Park, Panama City Beach
- Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach
- John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo
- Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine
- Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne
- Sebastian Inlet State Park, Melbourne Beach
- Stump Pass Beach State Park, Englewood
- Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key
What’s your favorite state park?