Why Go: The setting is unlike any other in North America. Just over an hour’s drive northwest of Orlando, wedged between the Ocklawaha and St. Johns rivers, lie the Juniper Springs Recreation Area and the
Deep in the eastern part of the Lone Star State, about 250 miles east of Austin, lies a vast, tangled quilt of pine and cypress forest, hardwood forest, meadow, bog, blackwater swamp, and arid sandhills appropriately called the Big Thicket.
Consisting of 70,447 acres of rugged topography, of which nearly half is designated wilderness, Theodore Roosevelt National Park offers some of the best national park solitude south of Alaska. More than 100 miles of hiking trails wind through the park’s three units.