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About Jonathan Dickinson State Park

As the largest state park in Southeast Florida, Jonathan Dickinson State Park covers over 10,000 acres. Within this vast landscape are sixteen different natural communities varying from scrublands, to pine forests and cypress swamps. With these varying ecosystems come an equally varying array of wildlife for nature enthusiasts to explore whether you like mammals large or small, reptiles, or birds (with over 140 species calling it home). Naturalists and enthusiasts will find plenty of subjects for their Jonathan Dickinson State Park photos. 

Jonathan Dickinson was a Quaker merchant who shipwrecked nearby in 1696. He left a detailed and enriching journal on his dealings with the local tribes and his journey to St. Augustine providing a view into the area’s rich history. A little further along on the timeline, Trapper Nelson, also known as the Wildman of the Loxahatchee, built his homestead here on the banks of the Loxahatchee River (1930s). A newer addition to the park is the land that made the World War II radar training school, Camp Murphy. 

The crown jewel of the park is the previously mentioned Loxahatchee River. The Loxahatchee is Florida’s first federally named Wildlife and Scenic River, running 7.6 miles from the Loxahatchee Slough to the Atlantic Ocean’s Jupiter Inlet. This is where you’ll find Jonathan Dickinson State Park kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. From a geological perspective, the pinnacle of the park is Hobe Mountain, an ancient sand dune that stands 86 feet above sea level. This site offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and is home to a number of desert plants and animals.

The park offers something for everyone. Hikers and bikers can grab a Jonathan Dickinson State Park map and check out the vast array of trails to wonder and explore. There are shorter and easier nature trails like the 1.5-mile Kitching Creek Nature Trail, the 0.75-mile River Trail, and the 0.5-mile Wilson Creek Nature Trail. For the more enthusiastic hikers, longer trails are provided by parts of the Florida Trail, like the 9.4-mile portion of the Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail. For bikers, there are always paved and off-road trails like the popular 2-mile multiuse trail and then the Camp Murphy Off-Road Bicycle Trail System spanning 9 miles. 

There are many amenities available to visitors. In Jonathan Dickinson State Park, camping is one of the number one choices. The park was recognized as the second best place to camp in the state for RVers with over 100 RV sites with full amenities. For those who want something a little more rustic, check out the Jonathan Dickinson State Park cabins that are furnished. 

Beyond camping, hiking, boating, and biking, Jonathan Dickinson State Park offers a wide range of activities. There’s also geocaching, Horseback riding or Farm Wagon Tours, swimming (no lifeguards), educational programs, and dining. Along the shore of the river, there’s a large picnic area with tables, grills, and pavilions you can rent. For those wanting to camp with their horse, there’s even a campground with five sites specially designed for equestrian campers.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Yes. There are specially designated areas for the pets though. Your pet must be on a handheld leash (no longer than 6 feet) at all times and be well-behaved.

Admission to the park is $6 per vehicle (2 to 8 people), $4 for single-occupant vehicles or motorcycles, and $2 for pedestrians and cyclists (or extra passengers in a car). *Be sure to verify this information as it is subject to change*

Yes. Over the two family campgrounds, there are 135 camping sites all of which have water and electric hookups. Each site can accommodate tents, trailers, and RV’s of up to 45 feet in length.

Yes. Along the river is a grass beach where swimming is permitted. Be advised there is no lifeguard on duty.

You can go fishing. However, visitors suggest planning on fishing via kayak or boat. It’s difficult to fish from the shore and actually catch much.


8:00 am - 9:00 pm

  • Monday

    8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday

    8:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Wednesday

    12:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thursday

    8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Friday

    8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday

    8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sunday

    8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Local time

    May 20, 2024 8:09 am

Jonathan Dickinson State Park Amenities

  • Boat Docks
  • Kid Friendly
  • Parking Available
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Areas
  • Restrooms (Public)

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