Florida Caverns State Park encompasses a total area of approximately 1,280 acres of land that is located in Jackson County, Florida and about three miles north of Marianna on SR 166. The park was established in 1942 and is governed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Many attractions lure visitors into this Florida state park. Some of the biggest draws to a lot of visitors include the dry, air-filled caves that the park houses. These caves are not only one of the few Florida state parks that offer such unique features, but this park is the only park that offers cave tours to the public as well.
Most people consider these cave tours to be moderately strenuous and tend to last about 45 minutes on average. When in these caves, visitors will get to see several cave formations including flowstones, stalagmites, limestone stalactites, soda straws, and draperies.
Besides the cave features, the Florida Caverns State Park also has several other recreational activities on offer including freshwater fishing, camping, canoeing, swimming, interpretive programs, hiking, boating, bicycling, guided tours, and horseback riding.
These and several other activities are facilitated by several amenities including pavilions, 38 campsites with electric and water hookups, a primitive youth group camp, picnic areas, playground, multi-use trails, equestrian facility/stables, showers, food concession, boat ramp, restrooms, canoe rentals, and a visitor center.
Dogs are also allowed into the Florida Caverns State Park, but like other Florida state parks, some basic rules must be followed. First of all, all dog owners must ensure that their tail-waggers are well-behaved at all times. The park does not allow any type of aggression.
Secondly, all canines must be kept on a leash that is no longer than six feet in length. If your pooch is not leashed, then your furry friend must be secured in a cage. Third, dogs must be kept away from certain parts of the park including cabins and cabin areas.