Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
A longleaf pine restoration project is occurring during weekdays in February. This will effect camping reservations and may cause extra noise for day use visitors and those staying in cabins. If you have any questions, please call the ranger station at 352-473-4701.
Welcome to Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
One of Florida's first state parks, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park was developed on a 600-acre site by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 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. 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.
For aquatic recreation, visitors 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 providing water and electricity. 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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