Are there Caverns in Florida?
The answer is YES! Located in Jackson County in the Florida Panhandle, this park is home to the only dry (air-filled) caves in Florida.
The Florida Caverns State Park has limestone formations dating back to more than 30 million years ago! Incredible, right!
For us, visiting and Exploring the Caverns in Florida for the first time was pretty amazing. We found the park itself to be quite beautiful with crisp-air, and plenty of picture-worthy areas. Arriving early is a must as the guided tours are on a first come first serve basis. The entrance to the Caverns is limited to 25 people at a time and organized in groups.
When your group is called, you will depart from the Visitor’s Center and walk approximately 300 steps to the Caverns entrance and then go down just about 30 steps using a handrail. But, once inside the Caverns, there are no handrails. Therefore, please be prepared with non-slippery shoes!
Also, you will need to walk under a ceiling height of about 4 ft and there are some very narrow passages. I personally loved that the guided tour was very informative and we had the time to take photos and look around without feeling in a hurry.
There are at least 10 cave rooms, could be more, but I’m pretty sure I got lost in my count. Upon exiting the Caverns, you take a walkway towards the beautiful hardwood forest. A short walk through the forest leads you back to the Visitor’s Center.
Outdoor Activities in Florida Caverns State Park
Although the primary reason to visit this park is for exploring the caverns in Florida, there’s really a lot more to do! While waiting for our tour, we went inside the Interpretive Exhibit which was very nice to see.
There’s also a playground and a picnic pavilion. Activities that you can enjoy in the park include:
- Horseback riding
The park also has an area for RV’s, concession and restaurant, and a shower station.
Plan Your Visit
Hours: The park is open 365 days a year, from 8 am until sundown
*Park is currently closed due to damages from Hurricane Michael. Please check with Florida State Parks for updates on when it will be reopened.
Cave Tours: Thursday through Monday, not available Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Fees for tours: ages 2 and under are free, ages 3-12 are $5, ages 13 and up are $8. Tours can sell out before your arrival so be sure to call the ranger station at (850) 482-1228 for availability.
Entrance Fees: $5 per vehicle
Directions to Florida Caverns State Park
The park is located at 3345 Caverns Rd. Marianna, FL 32446.