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Donald Forgione, Director Florida Park Service

Donald V. Forgione, Director
Florida Park Service

Enjoy Florida's State Parks!

Welcome to the website for Florida's state parks and state trails. This website will help you plan your visits to Florida's 174 award-winning state parks, state trails and historic sites.

Summer is winding down, but that doesn't mean you and your family need to stop enjoying Florida's state parks, state trails and historic sites. Most of Florida's state parks are open year-round, which means that your fun doesn't have to end. Discover Florida's most beautiful springs before the summer ends, including Madison Blue Spring State Park, which was voted the number one swimming hole in the nation by USA Today.

Also, we now offer one of the best ways to explore Florida State Parks year-round on the Florida State Parks Online Store. Annual Passes for individuals and families are now available on the website, providing you easy access to continue discovering our natural areas and places to play. Buy you pass today on the Online Store and receive a free gift with your purchase.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook(link is external), Twitter(link is external), Pinterest (link is external)and Instagram(link is external), where you can participate in contests such as "Where is This Wednesday?" and "Fuzzy Friday" and win a Florida State Parks One-Day Park Pass. Also, be sure to download the PocketRanger app for iPhones and Android smart phones.

See you at the park!

Donald V. Forgione

Director, Florida Park Service


Donald V. Forgione is the director of the Florida Park Service which manages Florida's award-winning state parks and trails encompassing more than 800,000 acres and attracting more than 24 million visitors every year. Donald began his career with the Florida Park Service in 1983 as a Park Ranger and has held many positions at state parks across Florida including Law Enforcement Ranger, Assistant Park Manager, Park Manager, Assistant District Manager and District Manager. He also has held several positions including Environmental Land Manager for the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. Donald was appointed Florida Park Service Director in 2010. He is the president of the Association of Southeastern State Parks Directors and is the recipient of the prestigious Florida Park Service Interpreter of the Year Award. Donald lives in Tallahassee with his wife Rosie and enjoys visiting Florida's state parks with his four grandchildren.


The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.

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