Florida Trail System
If you are coming from Stuart or Hobe Sound, travel south on US 1 to the park entrance. If you are coming from Jupiter, travel north on US 1 to the park entrance. If you are traveling on I-95 get off at Exit 96. Go East on Bridge Road to US 1. Turn south on US 1 and go to the park entrance. If you want to hike the East Loop you should park in the parking area adjacent the visitor's entrance. The trail head is at the north end of the parking lot. If you are going to hike the Kitching Creek trail, continue on the park road to the picnic area alongside the Loxahatchee River. Go to the northern end of the parking area and near the pavilion and rest rooms you will find the trail head. Whichever trail you decide to hike, be sure and get trail maps at the entrance station as you could get lost due to the large number of trails and trail intersections.
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Jonathan Dickinson State Park has 17.5 miles of hiking trails enabling the hiker to conduct a long day hike or a one to two day backpack trip all within a few miles of home. The trail system is composed of two loops - the East Loop trail which is 9.7 miles and the Kitching Creek Loop which is 7.4 miles. A connector trail connects the two loops allowing backpackers to spend two days hiking and camping if they wish. The trails pass through many habitats including cabbage palm flatwoods, hardwood hammocks, fresh water marshes, mangrove swamp, pine flatwoods and scrub. Many animals have been sighted in Jonathan Dickinson including the elusive Florida black bear.