Florida Caverns State Park

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Florida Caverns State Park
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Florida Caverns State Park
Map showing the location of Florida Caverns State Park
Location Jackson County, Florida, USA
Nearest city Marianna, Florida
Coordinates 30°48′50″N 85°13′59″W / 30.81389°N 85.23306°W / 30.81389; -85.23306Coordinates: 30°48′50″N 85°13′59″W / 30.81389°N 85.23306°W / 30.81389; -85.23306
Established 1942
Visitors 107,597 (in 2013)
Governing body Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Designated December 1976

Florida Caverns State Park is a state park of Florida in the United States, part of the Florida State Parks system. It is located in the Florida Panhandle near Marianna. It is the only Florida state park with air-filled caves accessible to the public.[1]

The limestone caves in the park have stalagmites, stalactites and flowstones formed by the erosion of bedrock. Other formations are above ground, including rivers and springs.[1]

Florida Caverns State Park and the neighboring golf course were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the New Deal. The park opened in 1942.[2]

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The park is notable for its geological features, a protected area of karst topography.[2] This geology hosts an ecosystem with plants and animals that are adapted to the limestone substrates. The caves and waterways have blind crayfish, bats, salamanders, and other species.[2] Native Americans inhabited the area, and it is a site of archaeological interest.[2]

The park allows nature study, exploring, and sightseeing. The 9-hole golf course is open. Other activities and amenities in the park include camping, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and fishing. There is a visitor center with interpretive exhibits and concessions. Rangers conduct several tours daily.[1]

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