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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

3540 Thomasville Road
850-487-4556

These beautiful ornamental gardens were first planted in 1923 by Alfred B. and Louise Maclay after they purchased the property for their winter home. A masterpiece of floral architecture, the gardens feature a picturesque brick walkway, a secret garden, a reflection pool, a walled garden and hundreds of camellias and azaleas. Lake Hall provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Boats without motors or boats with electric motors are allowed. Pavilions and grills along the lake shore provide the perfect setting for a picnic. For walking enthusiasts, two short nature trails meander through the woods overlooking the lake. Hikers, bicyclists and equestrians can enjoy five miles of shared-use trails and five miles of designated biking trails winding through the woods surrounding Lake Overstreet, located on park property adjoining the gardens. High blooming season is from January 1-April 30 with the floral peak in mid-to-late March. During these months, a special fee is charged for visiting the Gardens and the Maclay house is open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Annual special events include Tour of Gardens in May and Kids Fishing Day in June, Scarecrows and Jazz in the Gardens in October and Camellia Christmas in December. Other events and ranger programs are available. Located .5 miles north of I-10 on U.S. 319/Thomasville Road. Turn west on Maclay Road. The park is a short distance on the right.



Reviews

Patti Shapiro

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
A beautiful, well maintained state park! Lake and picnic area have a couple of trails, a boat launch area, and a children's playground. Plenty of parking, picnic tables and Pavilions. The main Gardens are beautiful! A definite must-see even if you don't think anything will be in bloom. Past the lake area and the garden entrance is a smaller parking area for the lake Overstreet and Ravine trails. Great for walking, running, biking. Love this place!

Don Whitehead, Sr.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018
I volunteer at this Park (my 3rd Park) and it's beautiful year round. The Maclay family winter home (open only Jan thru April) is well worth visiting and the special events are very enjoyable.

Kenneth Walser

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
No Lines! While the entry fee is maybe a tad steep, this is an incredible property. Great for a first date when you want to get to know the person and slowly wander the grounds. There are hidden gems of garden beauty scattered about the trees. Don't miss the house if you can, though the displays seem a bit dated.

Lea Shaw

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Sunday, June 10, 2018
Beautiful grounds. It was peaceful and relaxing to walk through the gardens. A very inexpensive state park that is well manicured.

Erica Smith

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
This park has beautiful brick walking paths with plenty of places to stop and see the lake. Also, biking and hiking trails available outside the garden. Please be aware there are no pets allowed in the gardens. There are fountains, fish ponds, and gorgeous flowers that are easy to access on side trails along the main walk way.

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