This state park features a broad expanse of longleaf and turkey oak
growing on dry, rolling sandhills, bisected by a deep ravine
through which the spring-fed Gold Head Branch flows through,
eventually draining into Lake Johnson, a popular lake for
recreation. There are several trails, including a section of the
Hermit thrushes can be found here in the winter, while wood
thrushes return in the summer, when lucky visitors can hear their
flute-like song, particularly in the ravine. The Ridge Trail, which
allows you to explore the ravine, is a good place to see large
numbers of songbirds feeding together, including yellow-rumped
warblers, Caroline chickadees, tufted titmice, and blue-gray
gnatcatchers. Rufous-sided towhees and summer tanagers frequent the
upper slope of the ravine. The sandhills offer year-round viewing
of the American kestrel, as well as wild turkey, white-tailed deer,
fox squirrel, gopher tortoise, and southern fence lizard.
Department of Environmental Protection
From Keystone Heights, travel north on Florida Highway 21.
Park entrance is about 6 miles on the right.
Other North East
Florida Wildlife Sites