Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Know Before You Go
Kitching Creek Nature Trail - Overlook: The overlook on the Kitching Creek Nature Trail is closed until further notice. The nature trail remains open.
Trapper Nelson's Interpretive Site: Pontoon boat tours will not be offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until further notice; the interpretive site will be open for paddlers and motor boats during open hours. For more information, please contact the park's concession at 561-746-1466.
Concession closure: The park's concession store will be closed for maintenance Monday-Friday, Sept. 18-22 and 25-29; boat tours, rentals, food and sales will not be available during this time. The concession will be open as normal Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 23-24. For more information, please contact the park's concession at 561-746-1466.
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.
Guided Horseback Riding: Guided horseback tours will not be offered this season. For more information, please contact the park's concession at 561-746-1466.
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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