Florida's national parks
The National Park Service oversees 11 national parks in Florida
At 729,000 acres, Big Cypress National Preserve in Southwest Florida is about the size of Rhode Island. It helps preserve the Everglades and marine ecosystems on the southwest coast.
Covering 270 square miles southeast of Miami, Biscayne National Park is home to part of the Florida Reef, the only barrier coral reef in the U.S. and the third-largest barrier coral reef in the world.
Located on a barrier island between New Smyrna Beach and Titusville, Canaveral National Seashore has nearly 25 miles of beaches and dunes — the longest stretch of undeveloped seashore in Florida.
This story also features expert opinions, business briefs and people in the news: Christopher Counts; Julia Gill Woodward; Florida State Parks Foundation; Eric Draper; Meg Daly; Underline; Friends of the Underline; Apopka Wildlife Drive; Erich Marzolf; Dale Allen; SUN Trails Program; Kay Ehas; Rick Baker; Dog Wood Park; Katie Kelley; Birk Roseman
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