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Mike Roess Gold Head State Park, Keystone Heights

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#133 of 184 in Nature in Florida
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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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  • We have our family reunion at the state park..they have a quaint little venue we rent very reasonable price ,kitchen and accessories are provide hold about 50-75 nice porch over looking the lake altho...  more »
  • Large state park with many beautiful oak trees. From ranger station at front entrance to the Lakeview camp sites is quite a distance. Firewood and ice available at check in. Lakeview loop has a lot of...  more »
  • Mike Roess Gold Head State Park is a lovely place to camp or for a hike. The ravine is beautiful. It also is a nice place to spot wildlife. We saw a turtle, turkey, and a few deer. To get in the park,...  more »

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