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Kitching Creek Trail

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Distance: 1.4 miles


Kitching Creek Trail is a short 1.5 mile loop located in the Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hope Sound, Florida. Beginning from the northeast corner of the main parking lot, hikers may hike this trail in conjunction with Wilson Creek Trail; the two form a figure eight.

 

The habitat in Jonathan Dickinson State Park varies throughout, encompassing thirteen ecological communities. These trails offer sights of a slash pine forest, fabulous ferns, including royal ferns and the tall leather ferns, a variety of wildflowers, blueberry bushes and an abundance of saw palmettos. Bald cypress grace the shores of Kitching Creek while footbridges carry you over Wilson Creek. These trails get heavy use. If you're here to see wildlife, venture out early in the morning while the park is still relatively quiet. White-tailed deer are frequently seen along with a variety of wading birds and woodland birds. Osprey and bald eagles do nest within the park.

This is a very recreation-rich state park. Several choices exist for overnight stays. Full-service campgrounds, primitive sites, and cabins are available through reservation. Biking trail and equestrian trails expand your journey. A picnic grove, boat launch, canoe rental, and footbridges are just a few of the amenities.

Directions from Stuart, FL: Travel 12 miles south along U.S. Highway 1. After entering the park, travel to the end of the main park road. The trail begins along the northeast corner of the parking lot.

Seasonal Information:  Normally Open: Year-round

Contact Information:
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 S.E. Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, Florida 33455
Phone: 772-546-2771
http://www.floridastateparks.org/jonathandickinson/

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