Mike Roess Gold Head State Park, Keystone Heights

4.4
#125 of 259 in Nature in Florida
Must see · State Park · Park
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.
Among 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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  • The landscape is very interesting with long leaf pines, turkey oaks and native grass. We saw lots of birds including turkey and an owl. We stayed in one of the cabins which was rustic but...  more »
  • Another beautiful Florida State Park. Our trip here was well worth the drive! This beautiful gem of a park is located approximately half way between Jacksonville, Fl and Gainesville, Fl. This park.....  more »

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