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Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Martin County, Florida, is teeming with natural wonders and exciting outdoor activities. From meandering scenic trails to intriguing historic sites, there’s something here to captivate every visitor.

Cycling

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Biking Trails: Explore the park’s beauty on paved and off-road trails. The 2-mile paved multiuse trail provides a leisurely ride, while the 8.7-mile Ocean to Lake multiuse trail offers stunning views. Thrill-seekers can tackle designated bike-only trails at the Camp Murphy Off-road Bicycle Trail System.

Wildlife & Bird Watching

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Bird Watching: With over 150 species of birds, Jonathan Dickinson State Park is a premier birdwatching destination. Grab your binoculars and explore diverse habitats, from pine forests to riverbanks.

Exploring Wildlife: Spot deer, raccoons, foxes, otters, and bobcats roaming amidst the park’s diverse ecosystems. Keep an eye out for alligators and turtles along the river, and be on the lookout for threatened and endangered species such as Florida scrub-jays, gopher tortoises, manatees, and Eastern indigo snakes.

River Excursions

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Boat Tours: Enjoy a 90-minute journey along the historic Loxahatchee River with the Loxahatchee Queen pontoon boat tour. Discover the rich history and natural beauty of the area with a stop at the restored 1930s camp of Trapper Nelson.

Kayaking: The Loxahatchee River, Florida’s first federally designated Wild and Scenic River, invites boating and kayaking enthusiasts. Enjoy canoeing, kayaking, or motorboating with easy access provided by the park’s boat ramp facilities.

Camping, Glamping, Vacation Rentals

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Camping: Experience the great outdoors by camping at one of Jonathan Dickinson State Park’s campgrounds. Pine Grove Campground, with 90 spacious sites, and the River Campground, with 52 sites along the Loxahatchee River, offer modern amenities for a comfortable stay.

Glamping: Indulge in luxury camping at Timberline Glamping Co. with deluxe safari tents equipped with modern comforts such as Keurig coffee makers,air conditioning, and more!

Lattitude Adjustment: If you don’t feel like roughing it, experience luxury at one of our Hobe Sound vacation rentals, such as the stunning Latitude Adjustment, which offers upscale amenities and a prime location close to the park. Discover modern living in this cozy 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath Airbnb in Hobe Sound, FL, featuring a heated pool, jetted jacuzzi tub, complimentary bicycles, outdoor dining area, firepit, grill, fenced-in yard for privacy, comfortable lounge chairs, sun loungers, and easy beach access. For more information and to book your stay, visit Latitude Adjustment.

River House: Consider staying at the beautiful River House, also conveniently located near the park, with amenities such as panoramic bay views, a private sandy beach, an 8-person spa, luxury bedding, high-speed internet, and a 22-speaker garden sound system, with dining, nightlife, and the lighthouse nearby. Learn more about the River House here. Experience the outdoors without compromising on luxury.

Observation Tower 

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Observation Tower: Ascend the Hobe Mountain Observation Tower for panoramic views of the park. This beautiful boardwalk offers unmatched views of the entire park and surrounding area.

Outdoor Activities

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Hiking Trails: Explore diverse landscapes on foot with a variety of hiking trails, including the Kitching Creek Nature Trail and segments of the Florida Trail.

Picnic Areas: Enjoy a leisurely picnic amidst nature. Numerous picnic tables and grills, as well as reservable pavilions, provide the perfect setting for a family gathering or watching the sunrise/sunset.

Historic Sights

Visitor Center: Start your journey at the visitor center, where informative displays and films provide an overview of Jonathan Dickinson State Park’s attractions and amenities.

Interpretive Exhibits: Learn about the park’s natural and cultural heritage at the Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education and Research Center. Interactive displays and educational programs offer insights into the park’s ecosystems and rich history.

Trapper Nelson’s Historic Site: Explore the restored 1930s camp of Trapper Nelson, the Wildman of the Loxahatchee. Trapper’s Zoo and Jungle Gardens, once one of the area’s first tourist attractions, provide insight into Florida’s rich history.

Parking Information

Parking: Parking is available at various areas around the park.

Plan Your Visit To Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Jonathan Dickinson State Park Florida is open year-round from 8 a.m. until sundown, offering endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation. Admission fees are $6 per vehicle, making it an affordable destination for nature lovers of all ages.

Whether you’re seeking thrilling outdoor activities or peaceful moments in nature, Jonathan Dickinson State Park invites you to discover the beauty of Florida’s wilderness. Plan your visit today to stay in one of our Jupiter, Florida vacation homes to create unforgettable memories amidst the beauty of this natural gem.

Jim

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