This park was established in 1968 (and opened in 1970) when the State of Florida acquired the land from the US Department of the Interior. It was previously part of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. A shell midden was found in the park near the Dead River providing evidence that Native Americans lived here 1,500 years ago.
The park ranger at the entrance station provided us with a park map and directions to a large parking lot near Scenic Point (where the Dead River and Ochlockonee Rivers intersect). We were, of course, in the motor coach with our car in tow, and wanted to be able to easily turn around.
There is a full-facility campground (30 sites) in the park with restrooms as well as some primitive sites. A picnic shelter, playground, and swimming area were located nearby on the banks of the Dead River.
There are two nature trails in the park with trailheads at either end of the parking lot. With plans to hike both, we started on the Pine Flatwoods Trail. The trail goes through the park's most significant natural community, pine flatwoods.
We heard many woodpeckers and John spotted this one. Nests are made in the cavities of large pines trees.
This reflection pond was just gorgeous in the bright, sunny light at midday.
Canoes can be rented and picked up next to the launch dock. A large launch is also available for motorized boats.
Continuing along the River Nature Trail (that runs along the Ochlockonee River), we enjoyed the beautiful views and serenity of this area. Various root structures of trees that grow right on the banks of the river were fascinating!
Walkways provide access to the sandy river banks in multiple locations along the trail.
This guy in his hammock had the right idea. Picnic tables and a shelter with restrooms were nearby at Scenic Point where the Dead and Ochlockonee Rivers converge.
This was one of the most beautiful Florida State Parks we have visited thus far. Or maybe it was the beautiful sunny day that made it so enjoyable. Regardless, you will enjoy the hiking trails here. The admission fee is $4/vehicle. For additional information about the park go to www.floridastateparks.org/park/ochlockonee-river.