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Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Jonathan Dickinson State Park Sitting aside the Loxahatchee River, Jonathan Dickinson State Park covers over 11,000 acres and 13 natural Florida habitats. The park is abundant with wildlife - all manner of birds, mammals, and reptiles. You'll see beautiful cypress trees that have graced the banks of the river for centuries. Renting a canoe and paddling to the old homestead of Trapper Nelson is one of my favorite activities at the park, but be sure you're ready for a long journey! Kayaks and motor boats are also available for rent. This park includes part of the Florida Trail for exciting unpaved hiking, and you can also find numerous paved trails. Be sure to stay on the trails and check the maps, though - I once wandered lost here for two hours! Bike paths run through the park and along the old route of Dixie Highway. The park also features an off-road bicycle track and horse trails. Stay in a rental cabin, or at a campground at the park, full-facility or primitive. Fishing and a boat ramp are offered. Unguarded swimming is allowed at a sandy beach along the river. A concession stand offers food and drink. Pets are allowed in most areas on a leash. Tours of Trapper Nelson's site and guided nature tours are available by appointment. Guided boat tours along the Loxahatchee River aboard the 44-passenger Loxahatchee Queen are offered several times during the day, and include a stop at Trapper Nelson's camp. The park has an entrance fee (call for details), and is open 365 days a year from 8 AM to sunset.

Update: (5/17/2006) Parking at the boat ramp is quite limited, with spaces for maybe 8 trailers; every time I've been to this ramp at least one trailer space is occupied by a trailerless car. There is room for another two or three trailers on the grass, but that's it - you'll have to walk quite a way from any other parking area. However, this is still a nice ramp, and easy launch for my 17' Hewes Tarpon, with a rampside dock as well as a courtesy dock, often used as a fishing pier. The ramp provides easy access to the scenic Loxahatchee River, and to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic via the Jupiter Inlet. In addition to the park entry fee ($2 per person), you'll pay a $3 launching fee.

Location:

16450 SE Federal Hwy
Hobe Sound FL 33455
772-546-2771
11000 acres

Web site:

www.floridastateparks.org/jonathandickinson


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