Some campgrounds are good for just hanging around your tent or RV, while others put you close to adventure. At Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, plan on doing less of the fireside chatting, and more of the hike-paddle-swim all day kind of thing. In photos, here's pretty much what we did in the few days we were there. Your mileage may vary, of course.
Swim (Or Float)
Take a short trail through the woods from the campground to Blue Hole Spring, a good spot for beating the summer heat. Just a few miles from the park is Jackson Blue Springs Recreation Area, another fantastic Florida spring. Spend time at both places.
The cave tour is definitely the biggest highlight at Florida Caverns State Park. It's the only dry cave tour in the entire state, so you'll want to check it out. The park guides do an excellent job at explaining the history and geology during the tour, with plenty of time to ask questions and take photos. Bonus points: the temperature in the caves is about 65 degrees, which feels awesome on a hot summer day.
Hike and Bike
No Florida State Park would be complete without a trail or two to do a little early morning rambling. Here's a VISIT FLORIDA video we shot with scenes from a couple of the trails, plus lots of cave tour goodness. It's a great overview of what to expect.
Ready to go? Check out www.floridastateparks.org/floridacaverns for the full scoop on this fantastic state park.