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Gold Head Branch State Park, a Florida State Park, is 2,000 acres of rolling sandhills, marshes, ravines, lakes and scrub located midway between Gainesville and Jacksonville, six miles north of Keystone Heights on SR 21. Gold Head is one of the earliest state parks in Florida. Some of its amenities, including cabins, were originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. A deep ravine with springs issuing from its side bisects the area and forms Gold Head Branch. Marshes, lakes and scrub provide a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Several nature trails of varying length from a short 10-minute walk to a several hour hike are offered. These trails meander through the parks diverse habitats of open sand hills, lush ravine system with its seepage springs and flowing stream and lakes. You’ll have the opportunity to see such wildlife as the Sherman’s fox squirrel, southeastern kestrel, red tailed hawks, bald eagles, various water and wading birds, fox, and deer. This is a great field trip for novice birders. Meet at the entrance.
Fees: $5 per vehicle (Limit 2-8 people), $4 Single Occupant Vehicle. $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers.