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Jonathan Dickinson State Park at 11,500 acres is a real treasure with something for everyone - biking, paddling, hiking, camping, picnicking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, and more. The State Park roads are bikeable, plus paved bicycle trails, scenic nature trails, and a popular mountain biking course. (Map link and photos below.)
Map link... Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Location: Martin County (Jupiter)
Surface: Paved, gravel, off-road
Nearby points of interest: Jupiter Beach and Inlet, Jupiter Lighthouse
Support and Advocacy:
Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park
A paved one-mile multi-use trail parallels the main park road from the Visitor Center to the equestrian trailhead.
Club Scrub is a mountain biking club that maintains nine miles of mountain biking trails at the Camp Murphy trail system. Good for all skill levels from novice to expert, the site includes a pump track and children's trail.
Old Dixie Highway (shut down through the park), though rough and rutted, is now a biking trail adjacent to the Camp Murphy mountain trails, about 1.5 mile.
During World War II, Camp Murphy was a Signal Corps facility for top-secret training in a new (at the time) technology called "radar." The camp was dismantled and the land transferred to the State in 1947. The State Park, named after a 17th century Quaker merchant, opened in 1950.
The park has a Visitor Center, concession and restaurant, camping, hiking, biking and equestrian trails, picnicking, fishing, boating, kayaking and canoeing. Boat tours of the river, equestrian tours and a farm wagon ride are available. Admission fee, boat ramp fee are additional. The Hobe Mountain Tower provides an overview of the park and Atlantic Ocean at the eastern end off U.S. 1.
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