" Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park "
One of Florida's first state parks, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park was developed on a 2,000-acre site by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s. The extraordinary craftsmanship of the CCC is still evident today. Located on rolling sandhills in an area known as the central ridge of Florida, a deep ravine with springs issuing from its sides bisects the area and forms Gold Head Branch. Marshes, lakes and scrub provide a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.
Visitors to the park can enjoy hiking and wildlife viewing along the park's nature trails and a 5.44-mile stretch of the Florida National Scenic Trail. For aquatic recreation, visitors can swim or fish in the lake, or spend a lazy afternoon canoeing. A large picnic area, with tables and grills, pavilions and a playground are available for visitors to enjoy. Nestled under the trees are 3 full-facility campgrounds. Primitive campsites for small or large groups are available as are fully equipped lakefront vacation cabins, some of which were built by the CCC.
Check Out What People Are Saying About The Park!
As someone who has long admired the work of the CCC, it was a special joy to spend a night in a cabin built by those hardworking men.
Well maintained, while showing their age - in a good way - scrupulously clean and perfectly charming, it wasa sheer delight to be added to the long list of people sheltered by these sweet, little cabins.
The exquisite quiet setting, plus the lack of electronic distractions, lead to a night of deep, refreshing sleep.
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Come Join In The Fun!
Our Meet and greet is on Friday night at 7:00pm.
On Saturday join the potluck party at 6:00pm
Once you have booked your camp site at the park, go ahead and register for the event.
To Our Guests:
You will receive an email one week before the camp-out with info on what site in the campground the meet & greet will be taking place along with the theme of the Saturday night potluck. Friday night at the meet & greet we gather around the campfire for some coffee, desserts and good conversations. We look forward to meeting you!!