Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

This is one of the first state parks ever developed in Florida, having been created around 1930. It is known for the rolling sandhills and old growth longleaf pine trees. You will find marshes, lakes and plenty of wildlife to enjoy in the park.

If you are looking to just check out the park, entry is only $5 for a carload. Camping is $20 with full hookups for RV’s and there is even tent only camping with electricity if you do not want to get too wild. The electricity comes in handy if you want to run a fan to get through a humid Florida summer night.

My Visit

I visited this park as sort of a last minute thing. Spur of the moment camping trips can be difficult, especially during the summer. Most campsites book up quickly but I was able to secure a spot in a tent only section with electricity.In fact, there were actually quite a few spots available so I was able to find a spot that was relatively private.

Private is a relative term when you are camping at a campsite in Piney woods. Pine trees tend to grow tall with little to no branches and leave on the bottom. This means that they do not create much of a privacy screen. Keep that in mind when choosing your spot with the online reservation system.

If you are looking for a place to camp around the Central Florida area, Mike Roess is a good Florida campsite, especially if you are not much of a plan in advance person. Overall, we had a great camping experience, but one of my boys did get another first time experience. Their first tick. Be sure to bring some tweezers

Park Information

6239 State Road 21, Keystone Heights FL 32656

Mike Roess State Park in Florida.

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