Olustee Battlefield is a state park located in the Osceola National Forrest in Olustee Florida. Although not one of Floridas largest parks what it lacks in size it makes up for with history. This park marks the site of one of the largest Civil war battles. They do a re-enactment every year in February. According to Wikipedia, it also has the distinction of being Florida’s first State Park.
We parked near the trailhead. and decided to see what this place was all about. we walked over to the visitor center first. The visitor center is a small building with a bunch of historical information and some artifacts. There is also a small room with a tv that plays a movie explaining all about the historic battle. This building also houses the restrooms.
From there we went out the back door to the monument. The monument was officially dedicated to the park on October 23. 1912. The funds to place the monument at the battle site were raised by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and fundraising began in 1897. Also behind the visitor center are a few dedication plaques, 2 cannons, and a Geocache.
Across from the visitor center are some picnic tables. If you packed lunch this is a good spot to relax and eat.
Moving past the tables is a 1-mile walk circular trail. Along the trail are signs that explain all the events and timeline of the battle. There are benches if you need to sit and rest or post some pictures on Facebook…lol.
After walking the trail we started headed back towards the truck near the entrance of the park. There is a big fire watch tower you pass as you walk by. The “Florida Trail” hiking trail runs through this park. Just as we were reading the sign near the fire watchtower, we decided to check once more for any Geocaches.
Hey, What do you know? There is another cache in this park. Now the first cache near the visitor center is placed by the Florida Parks dept, this one is a private cache. You can check “Our Adventures With Geocaching” to see the caches.
The bottom line is if you are in the area and want to see some Florida Civil War History, this would be a good stop for you. It’s not an all-day kind of park but you can plan on spending a couple of hours here. You won’t be sorry.
This Park Is Pet-Friendly