The State Park is located just 5 miles north of Jupiter in Martin County between Tequesta and Hobe Sound. The park got its name after a Quaker merchant named Jonathan Dickinson wrecked his boat off Florida’s coast in 1696.
During the second World War, the park serves as an army base and home to Camp Murphy, an army base for the Southern Signal Corps School. Today, you can still see the barracks throughout the park. Following the war, the property was transferred back to the State of Florida from the Government in 1947 to be used as a State Park. Johnathan Dickinson State Park officially opened to the public in 1950.
Today, the Jonathan Dickinson State Park features a variety of natural habitats, river swamps, wildlife, hiking and biking trails, mangroves, guided tours, 16 natural communities, water activities, observations areas, and much more. The park is filled with many recreational activities and sits on 12,000 acres of land.
When visiting, you can rent kayaks, paddleboards, motorboats, bikes, canoes and locker rentals to use during your time in the park. Jonathan Dickinson State Park also has two fully working campgrounds and campground sites scattered throughout the park.
The Jonathan Dickinson State Park is the last state campground site on the Atlantic coast in Florida before reaching the Florida Keys.
Jonathan Dickinson State is located at 16450 SE Federal Highway in Hobe Sound. Visit their website for more information.