Jonathan Dickinson State Park Nature Walk

Gerald Lombardo
Posted by Gerald Lombardo
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Published in Nature & Weather

There will be a guided nature walk at Jonathan Dickinson State Park this Friday from 2 – 3:30pm. The tour will be suitable for anyone who is at least moderately physically fit and able to hike through the scrubby flatwoods and river floodplain for around 90-minutes. The walk may go through muddy or wet terrain.

  • $6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

  • $4 Single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle.

  • $2 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in the vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

About Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Located just south of Stuart, Jonathan Dickinson State Park teems with wildlife in 13 natural communities, including sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, mangroves, and river swamps. The Loxahatchee River, Florida's first federally designated Wild and Scenic River, runs through the park.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park’s history began in 1696, when a Quaker merchant named, of course, Jonathan Dickinson shipwrecked off the coast in the area of Hobe Sound. Dickinson, his family, and other survivors made an arduous journey along the coast to St. Augustine. His journal, describing encounters with Native Americans and Spanish settlers, gave valuable information about life in early Florida and later became the inspiration for the founding of the park.

Many species of wildlife may be observed at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, including deer, raccoons, foxes, otters, bobcats, and more. Alligators are commonly seen, as are turtles along the river. Threatened and endangered species include Florida scrub-jays, gopher tortoises, manatees, and Eastern indigo snakes. Over 140 species of birds have been identified here, making Jonathan Dickinson a premier birding destination.

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