Named after a shipwrecked Quaker merchant, Jonathan Dickinson State Park combines a fascinating history with an array of diverse natural landscapes. Whether you're hiking, canoeing, picnicking, or just relaxing and getting some sunshine, this big and beautiful park has something for everyone.
Covering 10,500 acres and located around 12 miles south of Stuart, Florida, this state park is also home to a secret World War II training camp, the Trapper Nelson Interpretive Site, and an impressive variety of flora and fauna.
The Loxahatchee River slowly meanders its way through the park, passing peacefully under a canopy of beautiful old cypress trees. It's a popular spot for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, and was actually named as Florida’s first “National Wild and Scenic River” in 1985.
Wildlife lovers will be thrilled at the chance to explore the park and hopefully catch a sight of deer, foxes, bobcats, alligators, and more than 140 species of birds. Four nature trails and a network of bicycle trails allow you to get right in amongst the scenery, while horse trails are also available. Other park highlights include the Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education and Research Center, a picturesque picnic area, and some commanding views from the Hobe Mountain Observation Tower.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park features two family campgrounds, with one located a short distance from the ranger station and the other close by the waters of the Loxahatchee River. There are more than 120 campsites available and pets are always welcome. Ten cabins are also provided but do not welcome pets.
Your pet will need to be leashed and kept under control at all times, while you'll also need to remember to clean up after your pooch whenever necessary. If you can stay on top of these simple tasks and ensure that your pooch doesn't disturb any other visitors, you'll be free to enjoy a memorable, pet-friendly camping vacation in this big and beautiful state park.