Florida Spelunking

IMG_2413It’s not necessary to travel a great distance to spend the day as a spelunker. The Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna offers guided tours to visitors providing up close encounters with stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, and other limestone formations created by tens of thousands of years of weathering.

Small groups explore the cave in tours lasting about 45 minutes. IMG_2452Led by volunteers, the guides explain both the history and the geology of the caverns.

But the park offers more. Created in the 1930’s as a CCC project, the park’s visitor center houses exhibits on the formation of the cavern, the bats it inhabits, as well as the park’s history.Image

Hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders enjoy a variety of trails as a way to take in the scenery of the park. Don’t miss the Tunnel Trail, but make sure you watch your head as you waddle through the Tunnel Cave!

Other activities available at the park: fishing, camping, canoeing, kayaking, and boating. And believe it or not, the park also has a 9-hole golf course!

Somehow, I missed the Geo-seeking activity. From the park’s website:


The Florida State Parks Civilian Conservation Corps Geotrail is now at www.Geocaching.com. Nine parks were built by the CCC and Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. Search for all nine caches and end at the CCC Museum at Highlands Hammock State Park and receive a commemorative geocoin.

Looks like we’ll need a return trip so I can earn that geocoin!