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Mike Roess Gold Head State Park, Keystone Heights

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 35 reviews on the web
Gold Head Branch State Park, a Florida State Park, is 2,000 acres (8 kmĀ²) of rolling sandhills, marshes, ravines, lakes and scrub located midway between Gainesville and Jacksonville, six miles (10 km) north of Keystone Heights on SR 21. Gold Head is one of the earliest state parks in Florida. Some of its amenities, including cabins, were originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.BiologyAmong the wildlife of the park are fox squirrels, southeastern kestrels, red-tailed hawks, bald eagles, turkeys, and gopher tortoises. The park also has pocket gopher, fox, white-tailed deer and variety of water and wading birds. The park has a diversity of wild flowers. Among them are blazing star, goldenrod, and lopsided Indian grass.
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  • This park has ponds, picnic facilities, sandhills, a little bit of CCC history and the "Grand Canyon" of Florida. The "canyon" (actually a deep ravine) has a completely different feel than the surroun...  read more »
  • We camp with a group consisting of 4 families aged 11-17. Each family had their own cabin. The large ones were great with large screened porches. Cabins are old but clean and better than a tent any da...  read more »
  • It's great if you like to get away from the city. Decent cabins. perfect place for a BBQ. Nice biking and hiking trails and scenery. 
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