Florida Caverns State Park

This is one of the few Florida State Parks with dry (air-filled) caves and is the only state park in Florida to offer cave tours to the public. The Florida Cavern has dazzling formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones and draperies.


Archaeological discoveries of pottery sherds and mammoth footprints in several of the caverns predate European settlement in North America. But the site factors into Florida’s more recent history, too. In 1674, for example, Spanish missionary Friar Barreda allegedly delivered a Christian sermon amid the backdrop of the underground wonderland. Prevailing folklore also suggests a group of Seminoles trying to escape Andrew Jackson’s Indian removal expeditions of the early 19th century took refuge in the caverns.


PLAN YOUR VISIT

Guided tours of the Florida Cavern lasts 45 minutes and are considered to be moderately strenuous. An audiovisual program about touring the cave and other natural areas of the park is available in the visitor center. The attractive Visitor Center provides historical interpretation in its walk-through museum and large screen video tour of the caverns. The museum displays a large variety of exhibits offering cultural and natural resource information.

ADDRESS: 3345 Caverns Road, Marianna, FL 32446
PHONE: 850-482-1228
HOURS: 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year
WEBSITE: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Florida-Caverns

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