Boardwalk over Gold Head Branch Springs

 

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

 

Location and Hiking Trail Maps with Nature Viewing Information and Photos

Clay County

Near Keystone Heights, Florida

Entry Fee: $5 per car

Official Website: Florida State Parks

Traffic: Light/moderate

 

 

Starting at the Ravine Stairway, you descend into a lush ravine with the Gold Head Branch creek meandering through. It feels so cool and smells so good down here after a rain! The extent of hiking trails include Fern Loop (under a quarter mile), Ridge Trail, and Loblolly Loop, with the there-and-back Ridge Trail connecting the other two and accounting for most of the trails' length.

Altogether, they run about 3.2 miles.

This might not seem like much hiking, but Ridge Trail is part of Florida Trail, so you can follow that further from either end.

 

Where the trails really shine and making them a great hike, especially for those new to the region, is the variety of plant life labeled by markers all through the trail. Markers for Sweet Gum, Southern Magnolia, Flowering Dogwood, American Holly, Longleaf Pine, Live Oak, Resurrection Fern and others will help you learn the various fauna of central Florida along with other informative plaques along the way.

 

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Trail Map

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Trail Map - PDF of trail map from my own hike


Interactive Map of Trail at AllTrails

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker recognizable for its size, large red crown, and black and white coloring

 

Resurrection fern growing on a tree is epiphytic, not a parasite

Resurrection fern growing on a tree is epiphytic, not a parasite, and common in Florida

 

Fern Loop at Gold Head Branch State Park

Fern Loop at Gold Head Branch State Park gets its name for an abundance of ferns in many varieties

 

Longleaf pine while hiking in Clay County

Longleaf pine while hiking in Clay County

 

Hiking Ridge Trail at Gold Head Branch State Park

Hiking Ridge Trail at Gold Head Branch State Park

 

Turkey Oak Leaves

Turkey oak, recognizable by the unique and jagged shape of its leaves

 

 

 

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Boardwalk over Gold Head Branch Springs

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Trail Map

Pileated woodpecker

Resurrection fern growing on a tree is epiphytic, not a parasite

Fern Loop at Gold Head Branch State Park

Longleaf pine while hiking in Clay County

Hiking Ridge Trail at Gold Head Branch State Park

Turkey Oak Leaves

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Boardwalk over Gold Head Branch Springs

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Trail Map

Pileated woodpecker

Resurrection fern growing on a tree is epiphytic, not a parasite

Fern Loop at Gold Head Branch State Park

Longleaf pine while hiking in Clay County

Hiking Ridge Trail at Gold Head Branch State Park

Turkey Oak Leaves

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Boardwalk over Gold Head Branch Springs

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Trail Map

Pileated woodpecker

Resurrection fern growing on a tree is epiphytic, not a parasite

Fern Loop at Gold Head Branch State Park

Longleaf pine while hiking in Clay County

Hiking Ridge Trail at Gold Head Branch State Park

Turkey Oak Leaves

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Boardwalk over Gold Head Branch Springs

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Trail Map

Pileated woodpecker

Resurrection fern growing on a tree is epiphytic, not a parasite

Fern Loop at Gold Head Branch State Park

Longleaf pine while hiking in Clay County

Hiking Ridge Trail at Gold Head Branch State Park

Turkey Oak Leaves

Bryan Lindenberger
Boardwalk over Gold Head Branch Springs

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Trail Map

Pileated woodpecker

Resurrection fern growing on a tree is epiphytic, not a parasite

Fern Loop at Gold Head Branch State Park

Longleaf pine while hiking in Clay County

Hiking Ridge Trail at Gold Head Branch State Park

Turkey Oak Leaves

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Boardwalk over Gold Head Branch Springs

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Trail Map

Pileated woodpecker

Resurrection fern growing on a tree is epiphytic, not a parasite

Fern Loop at Gold Head Branch State Park

Longleaf pine while hiking in Clay County

Hiking Ridge Trail at Gold Head Branch State Park

Turkey Oak Leaves

Bryan Lindenberger
Boardwalk over Gold Head Branch Springs
Bryan Lindenberger
Boardwalk over Gold Head Branch Springs

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Trail Map

Pileated woodpecker

Resurrection fern growing on a tree is epiphytic, not a parasite

Fern Loop at Gold Head Branch State Park

Longleaf pine while hiking in Clay County

Hiking Ridge Trail at Gold Head Branch State Park

Turkey Oak Leaves

Bryan Lindenberger
Boardwalk over Gold Head Branch Springs

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Trail Map

Pileated woodpecker

Resurrection fern growing on a tree is epiphytic, not a parasite

Fern Loop at Gold Head Branch State Park

Longleaf pine while hiking in Clay County

Hiking Ridge Trail at Gold Head Branch State Park

Turkey Oak Leaves

Bryan Lindenberger
Boardwalk over Gold Head Branch Springs

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Trail Map

Pileated woodpecker

Resurrection fern growing on a tree is epiphytic, not a parasite

Fern Loop at Gold Head Branch State Park

Longleaf pine while hiking in Clay County

Hiking Ridge Trail at Gold Head Branch State Park

Turkey Oak Leaves

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images