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Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

 About Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

ADA accessible ramp attached to a building located at Mike Roess Gold head Branch State Park.


Kevin Patton




We are happy to announce that the swimming area at Gold Head located at the main picnic area on Little Lake Johnson is open.  After Several tropical storms and daily afternoon thunderstorms the water levels have come up enough to allow for safe swimming. The status of the swimming area will always be posted on the Managers Message so please always check before you come out to swim.





Autumn has officially arrived, but temperatures have been up and down keeping all confused about when cooler temperatures will set in.   For those of you who enjoy hiking, biking and horse back riding Gold Head has trails that will accommodate all three user groups. For canoeing and kayaking Little Lake Johnson provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy these activities. Bring along a fishing pole and you may be able to provide for lunch at the same time.

 If you are into birding Gold Head provides habitat for a large diversity of birds. Sand Hill Crane and Bob White Quail are common in the area. Canada Geese and Wood Ducks are also very common. Each evening masses of Wood Duck come into the park’s lakes to roost. After the first real cold snap the Neo-tropical migrants will move through the area on their way to their winter grounds in South and Central America.


The Park hosts several special events in October.  Our Antique Tractor and Engine show will take place October 11th and 12th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. At this event you can observe many mechanical marvels from the last two centuries. Our regular park entrance fees are the only cost for this event.  On October 19th the park will be hosting our annual Haunted Hike. New for this year is our Haunted Halloween Ball/Dance held near the parking area for the Haunted Trail. The cost for the Haunted trail is $5.00 per person if you wish to dance at the Haunted Costume Ball there will be an additional charge of $5.00 dollars per person. A costume contest will be held during the ball.  Music, food and beverages will be available at this event.  Hours for the Haunted hike and Ball will be from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm


This is a fabulous time of the year to come camping at the park. Gold Head has RV and tent camping as well as cabin rentals. Fall can be a very busy time for our campgrounds and cabins so plan to make your reservations well in advance by contacting Reserve America by phone at 1800-326-3521 or online at . Please come visit us and enjoy Gold Head’s natural beauty and many recreational opportunities. We look forward to seeing here!











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Gold Head is located in northeast Florida midway between Gainesville and Jacksonville, 6 miles north of Keystone Heights on S.R. 21.


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  • 6239 State Road 21
    Keystone Heights, FL 32656