East Loop Trail Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Hobe Sound, Florida

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This 11,500-acre park is named for Jonathan Dickinson, who in 1696 was shipwrecked about 5 miles from here. Dickinson was probably one of the first Europeans to sample palmetto berries, a staple of the local Jaegas Indians diet. He reported, “They taste like rotten cheese steeped in tobacco juice.” Obviously the berries are an acquired taste. This trail follows a varied path, first going through sand pine scrub, then across Old Dixie Highway (old US 1), and into stands of live oak. The Scrub Jay campsite is about 5 miles in, including the side trail to the site.
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by M. Timothy O'Keefe (Falcon Guides)

This 11,500-acre park is named for Jonathan Dickinson, who in 1696 was shipwrecked about 5 miles from here. Dickinson was probably one of the first Europeans to sample palmetto berries, a staple of the local Jaegas Indians diet. He reported, “They taste like rotten cheese steeped in tobacco juice.” Obviously the berries are an acquired taste.

This trail follows a varied path, first going through sand pine scrub, then across Old Dixie Highway (old US 1), and into stands of live oak. The Scrub Jay campsite is about 5 miles in, including the side trail to the site.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hobe Sound
Distance: 9.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 8 to 9 hours
Season: Fall through early spring
Local Contacts: Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to East Loop Trail: Jonathan Dickinson State Park

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