Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Know Before You Go
Effective July 1, 2021: The Kimbell Education Center at Jonathan Dickinson State Park is open Friday - Monday, 9am - 5pm. Trapper Nelson’s tours are available on weekends.
Shuttle for Loxahatchee River Paddle Out of Service
There is currently no shuttle running from Jonathan Dickinson State Park to Riverbend Park. Anyone wanting to paddle the upper reaches of the river must arrange their own shuttle transportation or make their paddle round-trip.
Welcome to Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Sixteen distinct natural communities create the mosaic that is Jonathan Dickinson, the largest state park in Southeast Florida.
Rare environments such as coastal sand hills, upland lakes and scrub forests as well as the pristine Loxahatchee River make this park a unique spot to explore on land or by water.
Historical interests include a secret World War II training camp, the story of the shipwrecked Quaker merchant who is the park’s namesake, and Trapper Nelson, the legendary Wild Man of the Loxahatchee.
Ranger-guided tours of Trapper Nelson’s 1930s pioneer homestead are available year-round. Visitors can enjoy paved and off-road biking, equestrian and hiking trails. Boating, canoeing and kayaking along the river are also great ways to enjoy the park. Anglers can fish along the riverbank or from a boat.
The nature and history of the park come to life through exhibits and displays in the Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education and Research Center. Programs for kids or the whole family are also offered here.
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Dining, Tours & Rentals
Jonathan Dickinson State Park Photo Gallery
Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River
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