Collier-Seminole State Park, Florida

Date Visited: 12/13/2020 The dredge at Collier-Seminole State Park is a remarkable piece of engineering history. It was built in 1924 and used to create the Tamiami Trail, a highway that connected Tampa and Miami through the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp. The dredge is now a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark and can be... Continue Reading →

Jonathan Dickinson State Park: Florida

The Beginning of our Next Road Trip: Destination Everglades National Park After spending several months day-tripping and exploring some of Florida's great state parks, we were ready to see what else the National Park System had to offer, and we really wanted to spend a week or so camping. With that virus thing still in... Continue Reading →

O’Leno State Park

Date Visited: 1/12/2020 Opened in 1940 as one of the original nine state parks in the Florida Park Service, O'Leno (Old Leno), is a beautiful and peaceful place to stay. With 20 miles of hiking, biking, equestrian trails within the 6000 acres that encompass O'leno (and its sister park the River Rise Preserve State Park),... Continue Reading →

Blue Spring State Park

Date Visited: 1/6/2020 & 08/03/2022 (Camped) For hundreds of years, Blue Spring and the surrounding area provided food, clothing, shelter and the materials needed to fabricate tools and weapons to the Timucuan Indians. Later European settlers and pioneers began moving into the area and by the mid-1800s, most of the Indians had been killed or driven... Continue Reading →

Bulow Creek State Park

Date Visited: 12/31/2019 Standing as the focal point in this 5600-acre state park is one of the largest Live Oak trees in the South. The Fairchild oak is estimated to be between 400-600 years old and is a member of one of the largest remaining stands of Southern Live Oak forest along Florida's East Coast.... Continue Reading →

Tomoka State Park

Date Visited: 12/1/2019-12/3/2019 & Various other times This was a hard post to write and I've put it off for several weeks. This camping trip we took in December of 2019 would be the first and last time I was able to go camping with my dad as an adult. Originally, I had not planned... Continue Reading →

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