FLORIDA PARK JOURNALS Florida State Parks

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park: A Story for the Birds

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A birdwatcher’s paradise, Gold Head’s rare Sandhill ecosystem supports an abundance of rare and endangered species. And the Steephead ravine that runs through the park provides a lush landscape perfect for hiking and birding on a hot day.

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Rare and endangered species native to the park include: gopher tortoise, Sherman’s fox squirrel, eastern indigo snake, say’s spiketail dragonfly, American Kestrel and bald eagle.


Sheeler Lake, one of several crystal-clear sinkhole lakes in the park, is estimated by scientists to be 24,000 years old — making it one of the oldest lakes in Florida.
16 cabins and 73 campsites make it an ideal camping destination.
One of the original state parks created by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

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