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Jonathan Dickenson Park

Took my bike to Jonathan Dickenson Park in Hobe Sound to check it out. Jonathan Dickinson State Park is a Florida State Park and historic site located in Martin County, between Hobe Sound and Tequesta. The park is located at 16450 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound. The park includes the Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education and Research Center and a variety of natural habitats: sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, mangroves, and river swamps.

The park is named after Jonathan Dickinson, a Quaker merchant who was shipwrecked in 1696, with his family and others, on the Florida coast near the present-day park. He wrote a journal describing their encounters with local tribes, and their journey up the coast to St. Augustine.

A man known as Trapper Nelson homesteaded on the banks of the Loxahatchee River after coming to the area in the 1930s, living off the land trapping and selling furs. He soon became known as the Wildman of the Loxahatchee. After he died in 1968 the state acquired his land, and deeded it to the park.

The Loxahatchee River, designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 1985 (the first in Florida), runs through the park. The park is also along the Ocean to Lake Trail.

Kayaks and canoes are for rent and there is a nice refreshment stand by the kayak rentals.

Checking out the cabins....they run about $80 a night.


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