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Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park is located on rolling sandhills in an area known as the central ridge of Florida. 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.

The park was developed on a 2,000-acre site by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s. The extraordinary craftsmanship of the CCC is still evident today.

Activities offered are camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, nature trails, canoeing and lakefront cabins.


The Park has a large picnic area overlooking "Little Lake Johnson" . The area contains many tables and grills.

8 covered shelters of varying size accommodating from 16 – 100 people with tables and grills. They are available on first come first served basis or can be reserved up to 11 months in advance by calling the park or in person.

Rates: $35 - $70 per day.

A children’s playground is centrally located in the picnic area.


A designated lakeshore swimming area is located adjacent to the picnic area and within easy walking distance from the cabins. No lifeguards are provided.


Canoeing and canoe rentals are available.

Rates: $4 per hour, $10 per day (4 hours), and $20 per day (8 hours).


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.


There are 74 campsites available in 3 of the family campgrounds.

 2 primitive campsites are located within the southern end of the park
just off of the Florida Trail.

3 group campsites are available for organized groups such as church groups, scouts and civic clubs.


The park offers 14 lakeview cabins.

Gold Head Branch State Park is located six miles northeast of Keystone Heights on S.R. 21.


Gold Head Branch State Park

6239 S.R. 21

Keystone Heights, FL 32656

(352) 473-4701

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