Gold Head Branch State Park

Keystone Heights, Florida

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Includes: Ridge Trail, Loblolly Trail, Florida Trail. It seems people panned for gold everywhere, including Gold Head Branch, a small stream created by freshwater springs that flow into Little Lake Johnson. Miners actually found some color, though in limited quantities. The park itself is one of the oldest in the Florida park system, dating back to 1939. Its 2,100-acres were developed as a Civilian Conservation Corps project. The lakes here hold bass, bream, and speckled perch (fishing license required), and you can swim in Lake Johnson. Special Attractions: A walk through a deep ravine, where the air is always cooler and the vegetation markedly different from topside.
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Hiking Florida

by M. Timothy O'Keefe (Falcon Guides)

Includes: Ridge Trail, Loblolly Trail, Florida Trail. It seems people panned for gold everywhere, including Gold Head Branch, a small stream created by freshwater springs that flow into Little Lake Johnson. Miners actually found some color, though in limited quantities.

The park itself is one of the oldest in the Florida park system, dating back to 1939. Its 2,100-acres were developed as a Civilian Conservation Corps project. The lakes here hold bass, bream, and speckled perch (fishing license required), and you can swim in Lake Johnson. Special Attractions: A walk through a deep ravine, where the air is always cooler and the vegetation markedly different from topside.

© 2000 M. Timothy O'Keefe/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing, Hiking
Nearby City: Keystone Heights
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Several options
Access: Easy
Season & Limits: Fall to spring.
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Gold Head Branch State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

8/12/2008
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well maintained trails, including the section of the FT that goes through here. Enjoyed the view at Deer Pond. THe ravine trails are interesting and informative and well maintained.


7/25/2008
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Took the family to Gold Head for a weekend getaway over the 4th of July. It was our first visit and we really enjoyed ourselves. We spent the 4th hiking the various trails. I was happy to pick up some of the Florida Trail and we really enjoyed the ravine trail, the cool streams, and the shorter loop trails. The ticks and chiggers weren't too bad. :-) The wife was very happy with how clean the bathroom facilities were. She didn't even complain about sharing the shower with a gecko. We didn't see as much wildlife as we'd hoped but there were a number of birds. The beach was nice and our son enjoyed that and the playground. It's a shame that the water level is so low in the lake. Overall we're very pleased and are actually planning a larger church outing in a couple of months.


12/28/2006
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As a family, we visited the park on 12/89/06. There were very few guests, being the holidays. We spent approximately 3 hours at the park. There were lots of positives. The hike along the ravine is nice, cooler than at the top just like the site mentioned. There was an easier 15 minute loop through some very nice fern growth. The restrooms at the main break-out area were VERY clean (as noted by my wife!) We spent some time fishing the middle lake (I forget the name) ... no luck. I would say that the smaller lake of the three was down about 10+ feet ... the total depth was maybe 2-3 feet ... cat-tails around the edges made it tough to cast successfully. The site should probably make note of the change to the smaller lake ... due to draught conditions over the last few years. No fish to be found there! The hike to the mill was about 45+ minutes and was very diverse ... nice change in terrain as well as incline/decline. Overall, this was a great trip and we will definitely plan a return trip. Mark


5/11/2000
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The Florida Trail was an easy walk with some history site throught the trail



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