Henderson Beach State Park
About Florida State Parks
The first two-time Gold Medal winner honoring the nation's best state park system,
the Florida Park Service is one of the largest in the country with 161
state parks 10 state trails spanning
nearly 800,000 acres and 100 miles of sandy white beach. From swimming and diving in Florida's
rivers and springs to birding and fishing or hiking and riding on natural scenic trails,
Florida's state parks offer year-round outdoor activities for all ages. Battle
reenactments and Native American festivals celebrate Florida's history, while art shows,
museums and lighthouses offer a window into Florida's cultural heritage.
The goal of the Florida Park Service is to help create a sense of place by showing
park visitors the best of Florida's diverse natural and cultural sites. Florida's state
parks are managed and preserved for enjoyment by this and future generations through
providing appropriate resource-based recreational opportunities, interpretation and
education that help visitors connect to
...the Real FloridaSM.
Cross Florida Greenway
Office of Greenways and Trails Joins State Parks Family
In 2011 the Florida Park Service welcomed the award-winning Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) into the family. The 110-mile Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway and the eight state trails are now managed by the FPS district offices who provide excellent land management and customer service to the many visitors that frequent our state park system. OGT continues to provide statewide leadership and coordination to establish, expand and promote The Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS). Florida has been a leader in the greenways and trails movement. The state was recognized in 2008 as the first-ever Best Trails State in America for its work in facilitating an outstanding statewide system of trails. That system includes thousands of miles of paved, unpaved and water trails to accommodate hikers, bicyclists, equestrians and paddlers. The demand for trails often stems from the desire of residents and visitors to experience Florida's beautiful natural environment. Preservation of that environment comes in part from Florida's leadership in the research, planning and implementation of conservation networks for the long term preservation of wildlife habitats and ecosystems. Florida was the first state in America to establish a comprehensive statewide plan for ecological greenways and this serves as a critical component of the FGTS plan. Building on these and many other accomplishments, this plan provides a new foundation from which to substantively advance the FGTS. Among the plan's highlights are:
- The establishment of clear priorities for coordinating, directing and focusing resources.
- A new framework for systematically "closing gaps" and connecting priority corridors within the FGTS to establish a fully connected and integrated statewide trail network.
- Clear linkages between this plan and complementary state planning efforts that the FGTS helps to advance:
The plan's goals, strategies and objectives provide a comprehensive approach to identify, prioritize, establish, connect, promote and coordinate the FGTS.
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The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide
resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and