Flagler County Offers Two Stunning State Parks for Your Outdoor Enjoyment
In addition to state and county parks and trails, Flagler County offers two of the most spectacular State Parks you will ever see. You can spend hours at either destination exploring its history and natural beauty. Flagler County residents and visitors alike flock to these local treasures all year long.
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park offers two scenic options for visitors. One side lines the waves of the Atlantic and the other offers vistas of the Matanzas River. On the river side, there is a 20-acre Formal Garden offering stunning colorful and exotic plants and an incredible picturesque giant live oak tree estimated to be 200 to 300 years old. Once you’re done strolling the gardens, cross over Scenic Highway A1A to visit the Atlantic side with with tidal pools and the incredible. Additionally, this stunning State Park is on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, so you’ll plenty to see during the migratory seasons. The park is named after former president George Washington because the former owner was a distant relative.
Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park
At Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park, you can explore 150 acres, including the rather striking ruins of a sugar mill and former plantation – where sugar cane, cotton rice and indigo were once grown – dating back to the early 1800s. You’ll find curved entryways, soaring coquina rock walls and crumbling foundations remain surrounded by mature oak and palm trees. Owned by the Bulow family, the plantation was the largest in East Florida and the largest sugar mill in the state. During your visit, can read stories about life at the historic Plantation and see artifacts from the era at the outdoor museum. One notable guest of the property was naturalist John James Audubon, who was hosted by the family while studying American birds. A fire destroyed the plantation during the Seminole War of 1836.