Monday, August 25, 2008

San Marcos de Apalache reopens to public

Most of the Florida state parks that closed due to Tropical Storm Fay have now reopened. The last significant Civil War site still closed was San Marcos de Apalache in St. Marks, Florida. The state Department of Environmental Protection announced today, however, that San Marcos is once again open.
The site was the location of historic Spanish fortifications dating back to the 1600s and also preserves the earthwork remains of Fort Ward, a Confederate defense never captured by Union troops despite repeated efforts to do so. The fort was a key target during the Natural Bridge campaign in march of 1865.
Here is the latest list of state park facilities still closed in Florida as a result of the storm:
State Park Closures (7)

Hontoon Island State Park
2309 River Ridge Road
Deland, Florida 32720

Lafayette Blue Springs State Park
799 NW Blue Springs Road
Mayo, Florida 32066

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
3540 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32309

Kissimmee Prairie
33104 N.W. 192nd Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34972

Madison Blue Spring State Park
8300 N.E. State Road 6
Lee, Florida 32059

Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park
13802 Pumpkin Hill Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32226

Troy Springs State Park
674 N.E. Troy Springs Road
Branford, Florida 32008

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