Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Know Before You Go
Boat Ramp Closure: For public safety, the boat ramp will be closed Tuesday-Wednesday, May 30-31 while FPL is conducting work on power poles in the boat ramp area.
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: The interpretive site will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until further notice. 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.
8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year
$6 per vehicle
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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