Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
These beautiful ornamental gardens were first planted in 1923 by Alfred B. and Louise Maclay after they purchased the property for their winter home. A masterpiece of floral architecture, the gardens feature a picturesque brick walkway, a secret garden, a reflection pool, a walled garden and hundreds of camellias and azaleas. Lake Hall provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Boats without gas-powered motors are allowed. Pavilions and grills along the lake shore provide the perfect setting for a picnic. For walking enthusiasts, two short nature trails meander through the woods overlooking the lake. Hikers, bicyclists and equestrians can enjoy six miles of shared-use trails and five miles of designated biking trails winding through the woods surrounding Lake Overstreet, located on park property adjoining the gardens. Peak blooming season is from January 1-April 30, with the floral peak in mid-to-late March. During these months, a special fee is charged for visiting the Gardens, and the historic Maclay House. The house is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Annual special events include Tour of Gardens in May, Kids Fishing Day in June, Scarecrows and Jazz in the Gardens in October, and Camellia Christmas in December. Other events and ranger programs are offered throughout the year.