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Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Copyright: - Florida Division of Recreation & Parks
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Description - Nicknamed the Sunshine State, Florida is one of the leading tourist states featuring ocean breezes, swaying palm trees, fabulous wildlife and world famous resorts. Discovered in 1513 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce De Leon, Spaniards established America's oldest city, St. Augustine. Today, this northeastern town, with its surrounding fortifications, is one of Florida's most visited areas.

Eighty-four percent of Florida's gross state product is derived from the service industry and over 40 million people come to relish those services annually. The largest segment of society to visit Florida is the senior population.

Sandy soils, rich swamplands, huge limestone beds and thick cypress forests are home to some of America's most spectacular birdlife, plant life, and wildlife. Floridian's have capitalized on this extraordinary feature creating scenic drives, observation platforms, and boardwalks easily accessible to all ages and abilities.

Florida is also famous for its citrus crops. Approximately 80% of all orange and grapefruit crop enjoyed throughout America is grown in Florida.

Attractions - Florida boasts subtropical and tropical climates with 1,200 miles of coastline. The state can be dissected into four regions: panhandle, northern, central and southern. The Florida panhandle is the most heavily forested area of the state. It contains the Apalachicola National Forest, which harbors unique hardwood swamps. Other large natural areas in this region are Blackwater River State Forest and Gulf Islands National Seashore. The region is bordered on the south by the Gulf of Mexico, which provides endless water sport opportunities.

Northern Florida's major landform is wetlands. Two major rivers flow through this region of the state, the Suwannee in the west and the St. Johns in the east. Ocala National Forest and Osceola National forest encompass over 500,000 acres of natural area within this region. Other attractions include Atlantic Coast barrier islands and historic sites in Jacksonville and St. Augustine.

Central Florida contains more natural areas than any other region. These include Canaveral National Seashore, Withlacoochee State Forest, several national wildlife areas and state parks. The Kissimmee River flows through this region connecting several large lakes and wetland areas.

Southern Florida lies in the transition zone between subtropical and tropical climates. It is the least populated region in the state. In this region you'll find Everglades and Biscayne Bay National Parks, which support mangrove forests, prairies, cypress swamps and coral reefs. Lake Okeechobee lies in the northern area of south Florida. It is the largest lake in the state, encompassing 3,900 acres.

Recreation - Recreation in this state is focused upon water. The coastline alone provides endless opportunities for boating, water-skiing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, wind surfing, etc. The inland regions provide canoe trails, wildlife viewing and fishing opportunities on lakes, rivers and wetlands. The Florida National Scenic Trail provides a facility for long distance hiking that extends throughout the state.

Climate - Florida's weather is dominated by the water that surrounds it. The Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Gulf of Mexico in the west provide a stabilizing force that maintains the mild climate. Northern Florida is considered sub tropical, although it does receive some snow. This area is drier than the rest of the state. Southern areas of the state, definitely the Keys, lie within a tropical climate. Humidity is high, a characteristic of the climate, although the temperatures usually don't extend past 90 degrees F.

On the average the state receives 50 to 65 inches of rain. Summer is the rainy season, which extends into October in the south. Hurricane season begins in late August. Some hurricanes can bring up to 25 inches of rain. An average of two hurricanes per season reach the Florida peninsula. Most often these storms reach the Atlantic Coast rather than the Gulf Coast.

Location - Florida is the southernmost state along the eastern Atlantic-Gulf Coastal Plain in the continental United States.

Seasonal Information:
Year-round: January 1 through December 31.


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Filed By: Ernel Felix (Salinas, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This Florida adventure was superb. The Everglades National Park was a treat. It is a different world compared to other national parks I've been - flat lands, waters, terrestrial, intertidal, benthic, aerial, etc. Snorkling and reefs were the main attraction at the Biscayne National Park. This eight-day trip (August 1-8, 2008) was just enough to see most of the southwest Florida including the Florida Keys (Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine, and of course the Key West). Passing along the Seven-mile bridge gave provided spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Bay, and part of the Atlantic. The 70-mile boat ride from Key West took me to the Dry Tortugas National Park. Excellent reefs and brilliant blue-green waters surrounds Fort Jefferson, the prison of the infamous Dr. Mudd. Two nights at Key West was memorable - of course not to forget the visit to the house of Ernest Hemmingway, a nobel prized poet. Driving up north to Cape Canaveral was excellent driving adventure and passing close to the beach sides. Be prepared to pay $$$$ toll (lots) in the Florida Turnpike. Avoid it, if you can (take US 1 instead). The Kennedy Space Center in Titusville and Cape Canaveral was a treat. Launch simulator was the best. Of couse, remember this is Florida---be ready fot the heat (98 to 100's) and humidity. Take lots of water. No problem with me --- I like warm climate - as long as I can regulate the temperature in my room.

Filed By: Mike Butler (Hollywood, fl)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: I hike the trail both north and south of I-75 at the rest stop, between naples and fortlauderdale, about 5 miles east of SR 29. North side the trail is not really marked. Ideally walk north and you will with any luck come across a trail which goes east west...although very easy to miss. Take the trail west from there about 3 hours, meet up with a road. Never been too far downthe east side. Trail on South side of I75 has a well worn trail, and is suggested for a first trip. Have seen much more wildlife such as alligators deer etc.. on south side. Summer trips although extreme are not much fun, althougbh if you would like to find your mental boundaries try a solo trip during summer. The real everglades is all about intense, There is nothing subtle about it. If you go, take plenty of water I found about 6 oz per hour + cooking water. Be prepared to be wet most of the time. Keep eyes open for snakes. Take machete and smaller knife. Snake gaurds and snake bite kit. It is a unique eco systems that should be seen at least once. Cypress heads are stunning tobe in both in wet season and dry season. Caution the middle of most heads lies and alligor hole, so dont wandter to far in. If you have any quesitons about this area please feel free to e-mail me as I know there is little information about it on the web .

Filed By: andrew page
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: everglades wilderness waterway., we spent 11 day and 10 nights on a canoe trip through the everglades national park using a guide out of florida city everglades international hostel,, the trip was tough but rewarding,, if you go go into the gulf side around cape sable and up the shark and on through the nightmare, and always keep your eyes on the sky for bad weather


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Florida Office of Visitor Inquiry, Division of Tourism, 126 W. Van Buren Street , Tallahassee, FL, 32399-2000, Phone: 904-487-1462

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