Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Know Before You Go
Kitching Creek Nature Trail - Overlook: The Kitching Creek Nature Trail overlook is closed until further notice. The nature trail remains open.
Hobe Mountain Observation Tower: The top viewing platform of the tower is currently closed for improvements. The boardwalk and the lower and middle viewing areas remain open.
Trapper Nelson's Interpretive Site: Open daily from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. The site is accessible only by water and may be tide dependent. Pontoon boat tours from the park's concession to the interpretive site are offered daily and are tide dependent. Eco tours are offered at low tide when Trappers is inaccessible. Please contact the park's concession for more information, 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 and Wagon Rides: Guided horseback tours and wagon rides are not currently offered in the park. 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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