Jonathan Dickinson State Park is an 11,500 acre Florida state park located on the south east coast, directly east of the great Lake Okeechobee. Just off of US 1, Jonathan Dickinson State Park is home to unique wildlife communities, river swamps and Florida’s first Designated Wild and Scenic River. Swimming, camping, fishing and hiking all await visitors at this family friendly Florida state park.
This Florida state park is perfect for that outdoor camping adventure. No snow winter vacationing is perfect this time of year as few bugs remain and temperatures are low. Kayaking and canoeing are popular activities at Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Off-road biking and hiking adventures are available to all. A two boat tour is the cherry on top of all the parks adventures.
A 25 passenger ferry, aptly named “Loxahatchee Queen II” takes visitors on a two hour tour of the Loxahatchee River. A stop along the way provides passengers with a glimpse into Florida pioneer life. Trapper Nelson, a fur trader who lived along the banks of the Loxahatchee River, built his camp here. This is where he lived until 1968, when he mysteriously disappeared. His home and grounds remains as it once was with tours available from the boat concession.
But you don’t have to take a tour with the guide. You can rent canoes, kayaks and motorboats at the parks concession. Float along the mangrove swamps and cypress lined banks of Florida’s first Designated National Wild and Scenic River. Visit Florida Park Tours website for more information on fees and hours of operations.
With so much to do at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, you and your family will probably want to spend the night. The full facility campground at Jonathan Dickinson State Park offers 90 sites with electricity, water, picnic tables and grill. The two separate campground areas both have hot showers and restrooms located nearby. Bring your tent or up to 45 feet long RV for the ultimate in no snow winter vacations.
Don’t quite feel like roughing it? Jonathan Dickinson State Park offers 12 cabins overlooking the river. The furnished cabins are one bedroom with private bath and kitchenette. Bring your own linens and enjoy a little gentler camping experience you’ll never forget.
For more information on directions to the park, hours of operations and park fees, visit the official Jonathan Dickinson State Park website here.