The Treasure Coast and Beyond: Jonathon Dickinson State Park

Where is Jonathon Dickinson State Park?

If you are driving South on I-95, you can take exit 96 and head East until you reach S.E. Federal Highway.  Turn to the South and the entrance to the Jonathon Dickinson State Park will be on your right after driving a couple of miles.  If you are driving North on I-95, you can take exit 87 and head East until your reach S.E. Federal Highway.  Turn to the North and the entrance will on the left after driving for a few miles.

16450 S.E. Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455
(772) 546-2771

The adventure awaits!

If you live in the area, I highly recommend visiting the Jonathon Dickinson State Park.  For more information about this state park in Florida, click here to go to their website.
We arrived at the park entrance on a Sunday afternoon and there was very little traffic and no wait at the gate.  I have been here before and if you are a veteran, ask about discounts.  As a retired vet of the Army and Navy, I was eligible to receive a pass that is good for the next few years at no cost.  This pass gives me free entrance into any state park in Florida!  Definitely worth checking into if you go.
After leaving the gate, we took a right turn.  This road leads to the lookout tower, an area to practice on your mountain biking skills, and at the end of the road is a large parking lot that leads to trails, a playground, multiple grills and picnic tables, and the Kimbell Environmental Education Center.  I highly recommend stopping in the Kimbell Center to look around and even use the restroom before beginning on a nice little hike.
We hit the trail entrance that began near the large pavilion.  After crossing a small bridge (saw a small alligator there at one of my past visits), the first marker I noticed was #21.  The family and I took a little hike through the Florida back country until we reached a small deck overlooking the river.  The deck was at marker #13.  This was the perfect time to sit and relax for a little while and make sure that everyone was hydrated.  I also took a moment to think about the person who saved this park from urban development back in the early 1900’s.  Trapper Nelson, “The Wildman of the Loxahatchee”.  He was a very interesting person and has a wonderful, yet sad, story.  Click here to read more about Trapper Nelson.
After hiking back, we were greeted by the smells of the grill and it made me extremely hungry… especially after carrying my camera, a backpack full of waters, and my four-year old on my shoulders.  While we already had dinner plans made at home, I couldn’t help thinking about stopping at one of my favorite restaurants on the way home; Harry and the Natives.  It is a really fun place with a beach lovers atmosphere.  Great food, too!  Click here to go to their website.
Before leaving, remember to check out my Adventure Gear Store (Click here to check out my store).  These are items that I have bought or would like to buy at some point in the future.  If you know of any other useful items that I don’t have listed, please comment and let me know so that I can check them out!  Thank you for joining me as I explore the Treasure Coast and Beyond!