Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
Phone Lines Down
Effective Aug. 30, 2022: The phone lines at the ranger station are down. Please call 352-262-8129 to reach the park.
Rental Cabin Closure
Effective Aug. 16, 2022: The rental cabins at Gold Head Branch State Park will be closed for a construction project until Dec. 20, 2022. New reservations will be available starting Feb. 1, 2023. Please call the ranger station at 352-473-4701 with any questions.
Welcome to Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
One of Florida's first state parks, the Civilian Conservation Corps developed the 600-acre site during the 1930s. The extraordinary artistry of the CCC is still evident today.
Gold Head is located on rolling sandhills on the north central ridge of Florida with one of the few remaining examples of an old-growth stand of longleaf pines. 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.
Visitors also 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 with water and electricity provided. Primitive campsites for small or large groups are available as are fully equipped lakefront vacation cabins, some of which were built by the CCC.
Plan Your Visit
Paddle Little Lake Johnson
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