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Florida is a great place to spend some time basking in the sun and watching magical sunsets. State park RV camping is a wonderful and economical way to enjoy a vacation near Hobe Sound at Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Be sure to book an RV in Martin County so you can spend several days exploring the park and surrounding area.
Take a 15-minute drive to the south and check out Jupiter. Baseball fans from across the country flock to Florida cities such as Jupiter to watch Major League Baseball teams training in the spring. The town of Stuart also has many activities for tourists to enjoy while camping at Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
Boat tours on the Loxahatchee Queen Pontoon boat in Jonathan Dickinson State Park are about an hour and a half long and tour the park while floating down the Loxahatchee River. While on the tour, guests will get to stop at the camp of the Wild Man of the Loxahatchee, Trapper Nelson. Park rangers will guide visitors through the buildings and grounds of Trapper Nelson’s camp, which dates back to the 1930s. This is also the site of the area’s first tourist attraction, Trapper’s Zoo and Jungle Gardens, started by Trapper Nelson. Trapper Nelson met an untimely demise in 1968 at the campground, and his death has remained an unsolved mystery.
Make sure your rental RV has room for your bicycle. The park offers off-road trails as well as paved trails for fantastic biking. The paved, two-mile multi-use trail is ideal for visitors not as adventurous or skilled. More advanced hikers and bikers will want to check out the Ocean to Lake Trail, just under nine miles long, and the eight-mile Eagles View Trail. Biking-only trails are available on the Camp Murphy Off-road Bicycle Trail System. Pick up a trail guide at Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education and Research Center when you check in.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park also offers guided horseback rides that begin at the Eagles View Equestrian Area and wind through the backcountry of the park. Adults and children aged six years and older can participate in the one-hour trail ride. Children under the age of six can enjoy hand-led pony rides that last about 15 minutes. For guests who aren't keen on climbing on the back of a horse, a farm wagon pulled by two Percheron draft horses can accommodate up to 14 people. The farm wagon tours last about 45 minutes.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park can accommodate RVs at both the Pine Grove Campground and the River Campground. More than 140 sites are available between the two campgrounds. Each campsite in the Pine Grove Campground is equipped with electric, water, and sewer hookups. A grill and picnic table are also included at each campsite. RVs up to 40 feet are allowed at Pine Grove, whereas RVs up to 36 feet are allowed at the River Campground. Both campgrounds have restrooms with hot showers. A washer and dryer are also available for campers to use.
Camping with an RV brings the comforts of home with you. Floridays RV Park in Hobe Sound is just minutes from the beach and is a great alternative to state park RV camping. Full hookups are available, and guests can also enjoy Wi-Fi. There are newer shower and laundry facilities located at the RV park. Floridays RV Park is just under a ten-minute drive from Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
Open Gate RV Park in Stuart is another alternative to camping at Jonathan Dickinson State Park. This RV park is less than 30 minutes from Jonathan Dickinson State Park and offers a variety of rental options. Full hookups with electric, water, and sewer for each campsite are available. Restrooms and showers are centrally located within the park.
While in Florida, you'll want to stop in and see the Bathtub Reef Beach in Stuart. This is a state beach that boasts a fishing pier. Visitors enjoy swimming, kayaking, and canoeing here. There are lifeguards on duty at specific times. The Bathtub Reef is the home of over 500 different marine animals, including the endangered sea turtle. Bathtub Reef Beach is about 30 minutes from Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
While in Stuart, drop in to explore the Elliott Museum. This museum mainly focuses on history, technology, and art within the community. There are exhibits, lectures, and collections geared toward all ages and designed to educate people about the aquatic life along the Treasure Coast. Visitors will also get to view an amazing collection of vehicles. Fans of all things baseball will find the baseball memorabilia housed at the Elliott Museum fascinating.
The Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge is an amazing place to visit on Jupiter Island. Part of the refuge is actually in the town of Jupiter Island, while another part is located in Stuart. Be sure to bring along your camera to snap amazing scenic photographs within the refuge. The trails will lead you through many parts of the reserve and even give you the opportunity to see an osprey nest.