Governor closes all state parks in response to COVID-19

Closure includes Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in Keystone Heights

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TALLAHASSEE – The Department of Environmental Protection announced that at the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis and to successfully uphold CDC guidance to maximize social distancing and avoid gatherings larger than 10 people, DEP will close all Florida State Parks to the public effective immediately.

The closure includes Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in Keystone Heights.

DEP has taken many measures to continue providing resource recreation at our State Parks during this time, such as limiting operating hours and reducing visitor capacity at parks with high visitation. Unfortunately, this has not resulted in the reductions needed to best protect public health and safety as Florida continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

The DEP appreciates the public’s cooperation and understanding as we work to prioritize the welfare of our communities and staff. We look forward to welcoming you again to our award-winning state parks as soon as possible. 

The DEP is committed to providing updates to the public. For continuous updates, follow Florida State Parks on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. For additional information on Florida State Parks, please contact (850)245-2157.

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