FLORIDA CAVERNS STATE PARK
This is one of the few state parks with dry (air filled) caves and is the only Florida state park to offer cave tours to the public. The cave has dazzling formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones, and draperies. Florida Caverns is also popular for camping, swimming, fishing, picnicking, canoeing, boating, hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding (The park does not rent horses.). Stables are available for equestrian campers. Guided cave tours are offered every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and is considered to be moderately strenuous. An audiovisual program, touring the cave and other natural areas of the park, is available in the visitor center. Located three miles north of Marianna on State Road 166.
Located in Marianna, Florida, the park was established in 1935. It is known for its limestone caves and natural beauty.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) developed it during the Great Depression as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal program.
It officially opened to public visitation on June 16th, 1942. The CCC’s work included creating trails through caverns and constructing buildings onsite.
In addition to cave tours, visitors can enjoy hiking trails along floodplain forests or canoeing down Chipola River since early days.
Hurricane Michael caused extensive damage in October 2018 leading to temporary closure but has now been reopened after restoration efforts.