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I absolutely loved camping here. In Florida it's rare to find the right combination of hiking trails with pretty forest coupled with canoeing and kayaking easy rentals with historical visit sites, alligator watching and chill camping altogether and more. Camping in this state is not cheap though there are some hike in spots available. Prepare to be really warm at night if you're from the north, you'll need mosquito repellent though for only that hour or so after the sun sets each night, otherwise it's just great here. We rented a canoe and paddled the two hours stretch of the Loxahatchee River to the wild man encampment and en route found ourselves in the middle of a group of five big manatees munching river grass even.
I love this Campground! I live in Vero Beach so this is one I frequent. There is amazing kayaking down the Loxahatchee river, and you can drop off a couple hours up river, and end up right at your campground. The wild life here is bountiful, I have seen Bald Eagles with eaglets, Alligators, Manatee and Otters. The racoons will pillage your site if you aren't careful.
I know they recently renovated the River Campground and I am looking forward to seeing that this year.
History of Jonathan Dickinson State Park
The 11,500-acre park is named for Jonathan Dickinson, a Quaker merchant whose vessel shipwrecked nearby in 1696. During World War II, the land the park now occupies was home to Camp Murphy, a top-secret radar training school with over 6,600 men. The land became a state park in 1950. Far upriver is the Trapper Nelson Interpretive Site, the restored homestead of a man who came to this area in the 1930s and lived off the land, trapping and selling furs. He became famous as the 'Wildman of the Loxahatchee,' opening his 'Trapper's Jungle Gardens and Wildlife Zoo' to the public.