Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Martin County FL

A1JonathanDickinsonThe Jonathan Dickinson State Park is located along Route US 1 between Hobe Sound and Tequesta in Martin County, Florida. The park is named after Quaker merchant, Jonathan Dickinson. In 1696, Mr Dickinson, his family and others became shipwrecked along the coast line near the present day state park. Mr. Dickinson wrote about their journey up Florida’s coastline to St. Augustine and their encounters with the local natives.

The property that the park is located on was once used as a top secret radar training school for 2 years during World War II. The United States Army called this location Camp Murphy. The camp consisted of over 6,000 soldiers and had over 1,000 buildings on the property. The United States tore down the buildings and in 1947 the property was given to the State of Florida. The property was made into a state park in 1950.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park with over 11,500 acres is home to 13 ecological communities. Some of these are; sand scrub, pine flatwoods, bald cypress swamps, and red mangrove estuaries. The park is almost 20% covered in coastal sand pine scrub, which is such a rare biological community, that it has been designated as globally imperiled.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park has many outdoor activities the whole family can enjoy.

There are 2 full-facility campgrounds, a youth primitive campground, cabin rentals, picnic areas, covered pavilions, swimming, bird watching, off-road and paved bicycling trails, horse and hiking trails. Go canoeing, kayaking, boating and fishing along the Loxahatchee River, which runs throughout the park.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park (40)Visit some of the remains of Camp Murphy or climb the Hobe Mountain Tower, which is a 124 foot tower that lets you see for miles in any direction across the state of Florida. View the forests towards the west or the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean to the east. The park rangers give guided 44 passenger boat tours of the Trapper Nelson homestead, that can only be visited by boat.

The Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education and Research Center within the park also have many programs and exhibits for both young and old to experience.

The park is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, 7 days a week. The park is closed 2 weeks in September for maintenance and on Christmas Day.

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Location of the Jonathan Dickinson State Park

16450 SE Federal Hwy
Hobe Sound, FL 33455
561-746-1466 or 772-546-2771

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