Jonathan Dickinson State Park

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Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Florida

(772) 546-2771

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Overview

Located just south of Stuart, this park teems with wildlife in 13 natural communities, including sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, mangroves, and river swamps. The Loxahatchee River, Florida's first federally designated Wild and Scenic River, runs through the park. Ranger-guided tours of the 1930s pioneer homestead of Trapper Nelson are available year-round. Visitors can enjoy paved and dirt hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Boating, canoeing, and kayaking along the river are also great ways to see the park. Anglers can fish along the riverbank or from a boat. The nature and history of the park comes to life through exhibits and displays in the Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education and Research Center. Programs for the kids, or for the whole family, are also offered here. The park also offers two full-facility campgrounds and a youth/group primitive campground.

Map of Jonathan Dickinson (FL)

Latitude, Longitude: 27.024301, -80.109138

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Activities

  • Boating

    A newly rebuilt boat launch ramp is available on the Loxahatchee River. The Loxahatchee eventually leads to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. The Loxahatchee is famous throughout the state for canoeing and kayaking. The upper river winds its way under a canopy of centuries-old cypress trees, giving a real 'back-in-time' experience. On the lower section, the river becomes a mangrove-lined estuary, with ample bird life along its shores. In 1985, the Loxahatchee was designated as Florida's first "National Wild & Scenic River." The park concession offers rental canoes, kayaks, and motorboats. Please observe the "idle speed" limit on the river within the park.

  • Bicycling

    Both paved and dirt bicycle trails are available. The paved trails run along the old roadbed of Old Dixie Highway, for about two miles. The Camp Murphy bicycle trail system is a nine-mile network of mountain bike trails, with loops rated for beginners all the way to "black diamond, experts only."

  • Camping

    Jonathan Dickinson's 12 cabins are located near the Loxahatchee River. All cabins are furnished and have one bedroom with a queen or full-size bed, one bathroom, living area, dining area and kitchen area, which is supplied with all cooking and eating utensils for six people. Cabins are not supplied with bed and bath linens. All cabins have outside picnic tables as well as fire rings for outdoor cooking. Pets are not allowed.

    Three youth group sites each accommodate 30 campers. Youths are defined as being less than 18 years of age. Youths must be chaperoned by at least one adult, 21 years of age or older, for each 10 youths. Pets are welcome. Sites are equipped with tables, a fire circle and a composting toilet. There is no water in this area; the closest potable water is about a mile away at the picnic area. Two backpack camps are available on segments of the Florida Trail. Maps of the Trail are available at the Ranger Station. One camp is five miles out along the trail, and the other is nine miles out. A pitcher pump is located near each camp. Water must be treated. Pets are not permitted on this trail and/or at these camps. Collection of firewood is not permitted in Florida State Parks; be sure to pack a stove for cooking. Overnight trips to these camps must begin by certain specified times of the day; reservations are not required, but are suggested.

  • Fishing

    Fishing in the Loxahatchee River varies from freshwater fishing in the upper river to saltwater angling as you approach the picnic area and boat ramp. There can be some overlap of species; it is possible to catch snook and snapper far upriver near Trapper's, and largemouth bass as far down as the mouth of Kitching Creek. Be sure you have the appropriate license (or licenses) for the area and species you are fishing. Freshwater fishing is also available in several of the ponds and lakes, mainly in the eastern and southeastern areas of the park.

  • Hiking

    Four scenic nature trails wind through the park, allowing visitors to explore the park's various habitats. The Kitching Creek-Wilson Creek Trails start in the picnic area parking lot, and lead the visitor through pine flatwoods and along the creeks. The Kitching Creek portion is a self-guiding trail, with a brochure available. The Hobe Mountain Trail is a short, beautiful boardwalk that climbs up through the sand pine scrub to the observation tower, from which commanding views of the entire park and surrounding area may be had. The Sand Pine Scrub Nature Trail is actually the beginning ½-mile of the park's portion of the Florida Trail. A self-guiding leaflet is available at the ranger station for this trail.

  • Horseback Riding

    Eight miles of multi-use trails start at the EaglesView area, available for horseback riding, hiking and bicycling. Trail maps are available at the ranger station. A five-site, full-facility campground is available for those wishing to camp with their horses. Horses must be tethered overnight to the tieout posts provided, or confined in sturdy portable pens. Portable electric fencing or hobbling is not permitted.

  • Picnicking

    A large picnic area is found on the shores of the Loxahatchee, with dozens of picnic tables and grills. Four picnic pavilions are found here, three of which are reservable for a fee. Call the ranger station for reservations. One pavilion is left for first-come, first-served, and the other three may be similarly used if they have not been reserved. The concession store is located here, with drinks, snacks, tour boat tickets, and canoe rentals. Two nature trails start here, and a children's playground is centrally located.

  • RVing

    Two family campgrounds are located at Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Pine Grove Campground, with 90 sites, is located near the ranger station on the east side of the park. The River Campground, with 45 sites, is about four miles from the park entrance, near the Loxahatchee River. Both campgrounds have large, tiled restrooms with hot showers. All sites include water, electricity, table and grill. A dump station is located in each campground. Well behaved pets are welcome in the campground.

    Maximum RV length = 45 ft.

  • Water Sports

    A beautiful sandy swimming beach is available on the shores of the Loxahatchee River. No lifeguards are present, so please exercise caution. Please call for current swimming conditions.

Park Partners

Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Inc

(561) 744-9814

The River Store

(561) 746-1466

Directions

Driving

To Jonathan Dickinson State Park from the south On I-95 - take Exit 87A - go east on Indiantown Road to US 1. Turn left (north) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 5 miles on your left.

On Florida Turnpike - take Exit 116 (Jupiter). Go east on Indiantown Road to US 1. Turn left (north) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 5 miles on your left.

To Jonathan Dickinson State Park from the north On I-95 - take Exit 96 - go east on Bridge Road to US 1. Turn right (south) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 3 miles on your right.

On Florida Turnpike - take Exit 116 (Jupiter). Go east on Indiantown Road to US 1. Turn left (north) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 5 miles on your left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(772) 546-2771

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