Trail Tuesday: Hiking Gold Head Branch State Park


Steep ravines sandhill ecosystems and plenty of unique scenery make Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park a special place. It's one Florida's first state parks constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and many of the original buildings are still in use today.

Trails? Yep Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park has some of the coolest trails around and a three-mile section of the linear Florida National Scenic Trail passes through the park too. All told there are four hikes in the park ranging from just a few minutes on the Fern Loop Trail to a couple hours using a combination of the other trails. 

Why not make a weekend of it? Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park offers full-facility camping for tents and RVs primitive sites and cabins. The park is located north of Keystone Heights on S.R. 21 within an hour of both Gainesville and Jacksonville. For more information on everything the park offers check out Make sure to take a peek at the video too – I took it back in 2009 but you'll get a good idea of what to expect. Have fun!

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