Mike Roess Gold Head State Park, Keystone Heights

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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.
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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  • Huge park with lots of trails. Lakes are way low as compared to years ago but this is just a great get away to leave the hassle and bustle of life. At dusk there are deer everywhere 
    Huge park with lots of trails. Lakes are way low as compared to years ago but this is just a great get away to leave the hassle and bustle of life. At dusk there are deer everywhere  more »
  • We went tent camping in Gold Head State Park in mid-June of 2022. The first thing you should know is that the camp sites are HUGE. We stayed in Site #22 on the Turkey Oak loop. It was under a... 
    We went tent camping in Gold Head State Park in mid-June of 2022. The first thing you should know is that the camp sites are HUGE. We stayed in Site #22 on the Turkey Oak loop. It was under a...  more »

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