Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
Know Before You Go
Effective May 17, 2021: Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park is open. Picnic pavilions are available only on a first-come, first-served basis. Canoe rentals are currently unavailable. Restroom availability may be limited. Additionally, the Turkey Oak Campground restroom is closed for plumbing repairs. Turkey Oak campers will need to use the nearby restroom in the Sandhill Campground Loop.
Welcome to Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
One of Florida's first state parks, the park was developed on a 600-acre site by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s. The extraordinary craftsmanship of the CCC is still evident today.
Gold Head is located on rolling sandhills on the North Central Ridge of Florida with one of the few remaining examples of an old growth stand of longleaf pines. A steep head ravine with seepage springs forms Gold Head Branch and bisects the park. Marshes, lakes and scrub provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.
Visitors to the park can enjoy hiking and wildlife viewing along the park's nature trails and a 5.44-mile stretch of the Florida National Scenic Trail.
Visitors also can swim or fish in Little Lake Johnson or spend a lazy afternoon canoeing. A large picnic area with tables and grills, pavilions and a playground is available for visitors to enjoy. Nestled under the trees are three campgrounds; water and electricity are provided. Primitive campsites for small or large groups are available as are fully equipped lakefront vacation cabins, some of which were built by the CCC.
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