Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Know Before You Go
Concession operations: The park's concession store, rentals, food service and tours will close at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25.
Guided horseback riding: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the horses will not make the trip down from Tennessee this year, but we are looking forward to their return in 2022! For more information, call 772-546-1466.
River Campground: Florida Power and Light (FPL) is conducting a powerline hardening project across the Loxahatchee River between November 2021 and February 2022. Their equipment and pipe fusing station will utilize the powerline easement near the River Campground during the project. Campers may experience increased noise from equipment during non-quiet hours.
EaglesView Equestrian Camping Area: Camping will be closed and parking limited in this area while FPL uses it as a staging area for the Loxahatchee River powerline project. Bathhouses and water access are temporarily unavailable for maintenance on the well water system.
Trapper Nelson's Interpretive Site: The site is currently open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Pontoon boat tours to the site are tide dependent. For information on boat tours, please call 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.
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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