Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park protects the site of the largest Civil War battle in Florida. Of the 10,000 troops that took part in the skirmish on February 20, 1864, over 2,800 died. On the Union side, three Colored Troop regiments participated in the fighting. As a result of the battle, the Union men retreated to Jacksonville for the remainder of the war.

To experience the Civil War history, visitors follow a 1-mile interpretive trail through the longleaf and slash pine forest as educational signs detail the four-hour battle from start to finish, including quotes from real soldiers. Every February a reenactment is held, and a small visitor’s center includes artifacts and information about the 19th century time period.

In addition to history, the park showcases a beautiful mesic pine flatwood forest and thick understory of bright green saw palmettos. The site was designated as Florida’s first historic site in 1912, and thus the woods and grounds have been protected for over 100 years. Birders in particular should keep a lookout for red-cockaded woodpeckers, a rare species nesting within the tree trunks.

Pets are permitted within the park, and picnic tables provide a relaxing location for a meal or snack. In addition to the interpretive trail, the Florida National Scenic Trail crosses within the park’s boundaries.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Combines History and Nature

Cons

Far from Urban Center

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

Family friendly
Covered picnic areas
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Picnic tables
Historically significant
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Location

Field Guide

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