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Jonathan Dickinson State Park

The park's Visitor Services Provider offers canoe and kayak rentals. The park's Visitor Services Provider offers canoe and kayak rentals.
A young Trapper Nelson is seen at his camp, with an alligator that he has trapped. A young Trapper Nelson is seen at his camp, with an alligator that he has trapped.
A wooden boardwalk leads straight ahead under a canopy of pine trees. It angles away in the distance and begins to climb. A wooden boardwalk leads straight ahead under a canopy of pine trees. It angles away in the distance and begins to climb.
A large alligator lies in shallow, weedy water, half submerged. A large alligator lies in shallow, weedy water, half submerged.

Located just south of Stuart, Jonathan Dickinson State Park teams with wildlife in 13 natural communities, including sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, mangroves, and river swamps (Map of park).

The Loxahatchee River, Florida's first federally designated Wild and Scenic River, runs through the park. Ranger-guided tours of the 1930s pioneer homestead of Trapper Nelson are available year-round.

Visitors can enjoy the follwing at Jonathan Dickinson State Park:

Bicycling

Bicycling Both paved and off-road bicycle trails are available. The paved trails run along the old roadbed of Old Dixie Highway, for about two miles. The Camp Murphy Off-road Bicycle Trail System is a nine-mile network of mountain bike trails, with loops rated for beginners all the way to "black diamond, experts only."

Boat Ramp

Boat Ramp
A newly rebuilt boat launch ramp is available on the Loxahatchee River. The Loxahatchee eventually leads to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Please observe the "idle speed" limit on the river within the park.


Boat Tours

Boat Tours The 25-passenger Loxahatchee Queen II takes visitors on a two-hour tour of the river, with a stop at the restored camp of Trapper Nelson, the "Wildman of the Loxahatchee." At the site, park staff lead visitors around the grounds and buildings of a true Florida original, who made his living off the land as a trapper and fur trader. Once fame caught up with Trapper, however, he evolved himself and his home into one of the area's first tourist attractions, "Trapper's Zoo and Jungle Gardens." Trapper's unsolved death in 1968 gives a fitting sense of mystery to the site. Trapper's is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday through Monday, and is accessible only by private canoe or boat or by the concession's tour boat. Call the park concession at (561) 746-1466 for information on times and prices for the Loxahatchee Queen II. Loxahatchee River Tours


Boating

Boating The Loxahatchee is famous throughout the state for canoeing and kayaking. The upper river winds its way under a canopy of centuries-old cypress trees, giving a real 'back-in-time' experience. On the lower section, the river becomes a mangrove-lined estuary, with ample bird life along its shores. In 1985, the Loxahatchee was designated as Florida's first "National Wild & Scenic River." The park concession offers rental canoes, kayaks, and motorboats. Please observe the "idle speed" limit on the river within the park.

Cabins

Cabins Jonathan Dickinson's 12 cabins are located near the Loxahatchee River. All cabins are furnished and have one bedroom with a queen or full-size bed, one bathroom, living area, dining area and kitchen area, which is supplied with all cooking and eating utensils for six people. Cabins are not supplied with bed and bath linens. All cabins have outside picnic tables as well as fire rings for outdoor cooking. Pets are not allowed.

Reservations:
Call (561) 746-1466 for information and reservations.

Cabin Rental:

Cabins 6 and 7 - $105.00 per day, plus tax.
Cabins 1-4, 8-10 - $95.00 per day, plus tax.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking The park's Visitor Services Provider offers canoe and kayak rentals. Please call (561) 746-1466 for current rates and rental information.

Learn more about the activities offered at Jonathon Dickinson State Park.

Location: Located 12 miles south of Stuart on U.S. 1 (Map)
Hours:
The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.
Admission Fee:
$6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle; $4 Single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle; $2 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.



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