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Mike Roess Gold Head State Park, Keystone Heights

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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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  • I grew up going to MRGHSP and now our three kids get to enjoy this park as well. The cabins are nice and the trails are well maintained. You will find about 6 miles of the Florida Scenic Trail runs th...  more »
  • This Park is one of the best kept secrets in the Jacksonville area. If you're willing to take a short drive into the country, this Park offers, camping, hiking, nature trails, cabin rentals and even s...  more »
  • Great place to take a hike. The Florida Trail can be accessed from the park, and you can walk all day with only seeing a few people. Saw deer and a hawk on my trek. The bathrooms were clean and the st...  more »