Explore the most popular wild flowers trails near Marianna with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

(7-13-2018) A short walk, really neat to see the remains of the old bridge. Mosquitos got a bit aggravating closer to the bridge but hey it’s Florida. The trail is pretty much all shaded which is nice this time of year. The trail is also well maintained and easy to follow and clear to see the old road bed. Going to take the kids back in the Fall/Winter.

started at bellamy bridge, the beginning of the trip way nice and relaxing. then all the trouble began. Lots of downed trees to go over or under. one time we had to get out of the kayak and drag it over a downed tree and get back in praying we didn't flip. what the map doesn't tell you is the river dead ends in Florida caverns state park. we learned the hard way on this trip. if you do plan on paddling this river make sure you have all day to do it. cause it will take all day.

Wow!!! The Caverns are amazing. The cost to go inside the Caverns with a tour guide is $8 and last about 45 minutes, totally worth it. This is the only place in Florida you can see these Caverns. If you are going to be in the area, please stop in for this hike, you want regret it.

this was an awesome river to kayak. very easy for beginners.

Was a very entertaining cave tour, plus my wife and I had a great time exploring the Bluff trail afterwards. We had Robinson as our guide.

walking
4 months ago

Interesting, short walk. To visit for a view of the remains of Bellamy Bridge, it makes for a nice outing. Very easy going walk, and a short distance to Chipola River. As of today, March 10, 2018, the wooden bridge used to cross a stream has collapsed, and dangerous if wet. Logs have also been thrown down to aid in getting onto the bridge, which adds to the risk of injury.

In times of recent flooding, bring mosquito spray and/or ankle weights, or you may very well be carried away.

Nice trail. Lots of river view and cypress forest as well as scrub. Easy hike well marked.

Nice easy 4 mile hike, well marked Trail, But watch out for the Spider Webs across the trail with those BIG SPIDERS in them, I almost walked into a few.

paddle sports
10 months ago

This river follows a beautiful path through the North Florida area showcasing everything from sandy, clear pools to deep, muddy river.

It is highly trafficked and can be absolutely maddening with the high volume of humans floating it during the summer. Canoes, inner tubes, and boats are always in view so be prepared for the crowds.

hiking
10 months ago

Trail was well marked. Not used often so it is very narrow. Lots of stickers and vines that will scrap your legs up. Wear tall socks or pants. Also have a stick handy for the many spider webs! Near part is the trail close to the river

This is the most magical state park in Florida. You usually don't see caverns in Florida this is something that is in the in the Northern States. The trail is great, well maintained and marked. No bugs!

Cave tours and really beautiful hikes. you won't see stuff like this till you get more north Florida so for me this place was awesome! I took my 9 year old here she loved it as well. there are a few different hikes to choose from none of them are long at all just cool.

hiking
Saturday, March 04, 2017

day hike with wife nikkey reece

The kiddos loved it. We had a blast!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Nice hike with the kids... ages 16 mo through 16. Some parts of the trail were a little "marshy" and wet... but we were able to work around it and get through. Moving slow, stopping to explore, and eat lunch took us a little over three hours. Overall, a nice place to spend a few hours hiking with the kids!

Very clean site with beautiful cave structures and a staff that has remain consistently friendly and informative.

So cool never knew there were caverns in Florida

The trails are nice and fun. A little spooky sometimes with the caves lol. The cavern tour is the best. The Rangers are very knowledgable about the formations. Very fun and educational.

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Hinson Trail.
Built by members of the Florida Trail Association.
Loop trail. but any time it rains hard, the river has a chance of flooding the park.
several sinkholes and a beautiful riverside trail area. the trail also follows thru several open pastures.
do not forget The Ovens. a natural cave right above the river.

Great hike, particularly if you get off the trail and climb trees and rocks!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Looks like a fun trail by rhw river;
we were unable to complete it because the trail had flooded on a couple of places.

hiking
Friday, June 26, 2015

One of the most beautiful hidden gems in the Marianna area. So much to do for the whole family. It is regular destination for us.

hiking
Friday, June 26, 2015

Nice easy trail for the whole family. Also neat to learn the history of the area and the possibility of seeing the Bellamy ghost.

hiking
Sunday, February 15, 2015

Great hike! If you take the whole loop about an hour of it is just a trail in the woods with a few open fields, but the rest of the hike on the river is amazing! There are rope swings (it was a bit old for that), a cavern, and some great views! Worth the trip.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

very beautiful park, unfortunatley didnt get to hike most of the loop either way as the river had flooded the trsil due to the rainstorm a few days ago, not sure how long after a rainstorm the trail would be flooded but If you do the trail, avoid it within a week or two of a big rainstorm. Im re attempting this trsil in either feb or march

Very nice hiking area with scenery. The caverns are cool which is nice after hiking around in the heat.

hiking
Monday, January 06, 2014

Was there today with jeep club. It was muddy but fun. Didn't realize we would be crossing water to see the bridge . WEAR water proof shoes!!! But had a lot of fun

The Florida Caverns State Park offers several short trails when combined offer a full day of nature in one of Florida's great parks. Near the Visitor Center parking lot is the Bluff Trail, Shortcut Trail, and the Beech Magnolia Trail. These trails are primarily for hiking, but after you cross the Chipola River, you will find the Sinkhole Trail, River Trail, and Fence Line Trail. These three trails are multipurpose allowing hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. The park has diverse natural communities ranging from floodplain forest to upland hardwood forest. There are caves, bluffs, and springs aplenty. Living near the park I find early October to May is the best time to visit or camp.

hiking
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

The Hinson or Perimeter trail is a great trail for children to learn about nature. The trail starts on the banks of the spring feed Chipola River and if you hike counter-clockwise, you will soon come to Alamo Cave and the bluff over the Ovens. The Ovens, best accessed from the Chipola, while kayaking or canoeing is a cave system. This is also a great place to kayak and the park has a nice kayak and canoe lunch at the trailhead. If you chose, you can both hike and enjoy the area from the river on the same trip.

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