Portions of twelve State Parks temporarily closed due to flooding

April 7, 2009

    Trail between Campbell and Morris Lake temporarily closed due to flooding. Lori Ceier/WaltonOutdoors.com
Trail between Campbell and Morris Lake temporarily closed due to flooding. Lori Ceier/WaltonOutdoors.com

U.S. Highway 98 entrance of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park beach access temporarily closed – update Apr. 9

TALLAHASSEE — Eleven of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s State Parks located in north Florida are experiencing partial closures today after severe weather recently caused flooding.

Due to the recent rains, the trail between Campbell and Morris lakes at Topsail Hill State Preserve is inaccessible, while the remainder of the park is open. Standing water between the lakes blocks the trail, making it impassable without disturbing the sand dunes.

“The water is anywhere from ankle to chest deep in some areas, and due to the sensitive nature of the dunes, we didn’t want people walking through them to access the beach,” park manager Tony Tindell said.

Visitors can access the park via the Scenic Hwy. 30A entrance. The tram will shuttle beachgoers on the hour from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. from the day-use area.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459
Tel: 850-267-0299

These are temporary closures and services will resume once conditions allow:

Adams Tract River Camp
C/o Troy Springs State Park
674 N.E. Troy Springs Road
Branford, Florida 32008
*Closed until further notice.

Holton Creek River Camp
C/o Suwannee River State Park
3631 201st Path
Live Oak, Florida 32060
*Closed until further notice.

Dowling Park River Camp
C/o Suwannee River State Park
3631 201st Path
Live Oak, Florida 32060
*Closed until further notice.

Fanning Springs State Park
18020 N.W. Highway 19
Fanning Springs, Florida 32693
*Closed to swimming until further notice.  The cabins and park remain open for day use visitors.

Madison Blue Springs State Park
8300 N.E. State Road 6
Lee, Florida 32059
*Closed until further notice.

Lafayette Blue Springs State Park
799 N.W. Blue Spring Road
Mayo, Florida 32066
* Closed until further notice.

Manatee Springs State Park
11650 NW 115th Street
Chiefland, Florida 32626
*The Usher Boat Ramp, swimming and diving are closed until further notice.  The park remains open for campers and day use visitors.

Peacock Springs State Park
12087 SW US Highway 27
Ft. White, Florida 32038
*Portions of the park, including swimming and diving, are closed to visitors until further notice.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
U.S 41 North
White Springs, Florida 32096
* Hiking trails and other portions of the park are closed to visitors until further notice.

Suwannee River State Park
3631 201st Path
Live Oak, Florida 32060
*Closed until further notice. Adjacent U.S. 90 bridge is also closed to traffic.

Troy Springs State Park
674 N.E. Troy Springs Road
Branford, Florida 32008
*Closed to swimming and diving until further notice.  The park remains open for day use visitors.

Florida Caverns State Park
3345 Caverns Road
Marianna, Florida 32246

*Campground, cave tours and the Blue Hole use area, and hickory picnic area are closed until further notice. The visitor center and is open for day use visitors.

Visitors can contact state parks directly for the most up to date information on park closures, or visit www.FloridaStateParks.org. For additional information on flood conditions, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, or visit www.FL511.com for traffic updates.