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Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park Hiking

Mission, TX 78572

Birders across the nation know “Bentsen” as a treasure trove of “Valley specialties” – those birds found nowhere else in the United States but deepest South Texas – and “Mexican vagrants” – rare visitors from across the Rio Grande. The 760-acre Bentsen-RGV State Park, together with over 1,700 acres of adjoining federal refuge land, promises year-round nature adventures in the richest birding area north of the Mexican border.

Official Website: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

COLLIER-SEMINOLE STATE PARK Hiking Fishing Biking Boating

NAPLES , FL 34114

This park features a wealth of vegetation and wildlife typical of the Everglades, plus a forest made up of tropical trees. Although rare elsewhere, the Florida royal palm is a common tree here. The park is also the site of a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark which was dedicated by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1994, the Bay City Walking Dredge. Built in 1924, it was used to build the Tamiami Trail highway (U.S. 41) through the Everglades, linking Tampa to Miami.rn


John Bethea State Forest Hiking Fishing Hunting Camping Biking Horseback

Sanderson, FL 32087

John M. Bethea State Forest is located approximately 12 miles north of Glen St. Mary in northern Baker County near the Florida/Georgia state boundaries. This 37,736 acre state forest establishes a continuous wildlife corridor between the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Osceola National Forest. Located within the state forest are 3 miles of river frontage on the scenic St. Mary’s River which is ecologically important and provides river access for recreation activities.

Official Website: John Bethea State Forest