Venture into the Ravine at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

By: Kevin Mims

ADD TO FAVORITES

What more could you want in an outing than adventure coupled with opportunities to see threatened and endangered wildlife? That's what will be going on Saturday, March 17, at Gold Head Branch State Park, six miles north of Keystone Heights in northeast Florida. The park is one of the state's oldest and features rolling sand hills and a deep ravine with crystal-clear streams.

A park ranger will guide the 45-minute hike, which starts at 5 p.m. and visitors will descend 81 stairs into the ravine. The hike will take participants along a fern trail at the bottom and back up the stairs. In the process, they will learn all about the species that depend on the ravine for survival.

If you decide to go – and I recommend you do – be prepared with bug spray, water and a flashlight, and wear closed-toe shoes.

The program is included free with regular park admission. For more information, call 352-473-4701. Visit the park's website at www.floridastateparks.org/mikeroess.

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