South Florida Information Access - Virtual Tour
Jonathan Dickinson State Park consists of over 11,000 acres. The park opened to the public in 1950. It contains sand pine scrub, pinelands, mangroves, river swamps and the Loxahatchee River, Florida's only wild and scenic river. Many endangered or threatened animal species such as the bald eagle, Florida scrub-jay, Florida sandhill crane and gopher tortoise are found here as well.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park offers four nature trails, a bicycle trail, canoeing, picnicking, camping, fishing and guided tours of the Loxahatchee River. For more information, please visit the Jonathan Dickinson State Park website.
There are 13 plant communities in Jonathan Dickinson State Park. About 20% of the park is covered in a rare community of coastal sand pine scrub. Walk along the Sand Pine Nature Trail with us and see the rare coastal sand pine scrub community for yourself.
Generally, scrubs are communities dominated by pinewoods with an understory of oaks and saw palmetto, occupying well-drained, nutrient-poor, sandy soils. Plants that grow here have adapted to dry conditions. Fires play an important role in the life of scrubs. In the absence of fires, a hardwood forest of oak will develop.
Related SOFIA Information
Below we have listed science projects and publications for studies that are being conducted, or have been conducted, in the area of Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Follow these links to read about each project and to see project-related publications and data.
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Center for Coastal Geology
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Last updated: January 15, 2013 @ 12:44 PM(TJE)