This past weekend, we spent three nights RV camping at Gold Head Branch State Park. I choose that park to camp at, because I wanted to do some hiking and liked that you can access some of the Florida Trail there. We really liked Gold Head Branch State Park and would go back again.
Gold Head Branch State Park has a lot to offer. There are various options when it comes to camping, including for RV's, group camping, cabin rentals, and tent camping. They also have a couple of short hiking trails in the park, miles of paved roads that you can use for running and biking, and they have picnic tables, a children's playground, pavilions, and a beach area. There are a couple of different loops where RV's can camp, including Sandhill and Lake View. The cabins and the Lake View loop are near the lake, which has a pretty good size sandy beach area. There is swimming there, as well as kayak launching. We camped in the Sandhill loop, in space number 4 (although I would say all the outer spaces on the Sandhill loop are nice).
The campsites are not full hook-up (no sewer hook-up, but they do have a dump station). The camping area is about 2 miles back from where the park entrance is. The spaces in the Sandhill area seemed nicer and larger than the ones in the Lake View area. But if you are someone who will want to use the lake a lot, you may prefer the closer proximity of staying in the Lake View circle. We really liked our site, which had plenty of room on both sides and had a forest view out the back. The campsite had a picnic table, built in grill, and a fire pit. It is a few minutes walk to the community restroom. The restroom was clean and there were showers that had private stalls that lock. The campground was very quiet the whole time we were there. We had a nice bonfire, grilled, and had a great time relaxing.
We wanted to hike on the Florida Trail, so we drove our vehicle to the front entrance and parked it, where the trail starts in the park. We hiked on it for three miles and then cut out by the lake area and headed back to the trailer which wasn't far from there (about a half a mile). There are plenty of hiking opportunities here and the trails were nice, well blazed, and well maintained. There is a huge ravine there that is awesome to see. You can walk down into it and you can take the ridge trail, which goes around the rim. Both were great! I was surprised by the ravine, which was beautiful. The lake there that has a beach is spring-fed, so it is clean and used by campers and day-park visitors.
Nearby, there are just a few conveniences, such as gas stations and convenience stores. This state park is one of the oldest and it's out in the woods. It's a huge state park that we really enjoyed. Whether you are RV camping, primitive and tent camping, renting one of their cabins, or visiting for the day, you will probably enjoy Gold Head Branch State Park, too.
Here are pictures from our camping trip to Gold Head Branch State Park:
Pictured above: one of the cabins for rent at the park.
Pictured below: community restrooms and showers in the Sandhill loop.
Here is a picture of the lake where you can swim and there is a beach area:
Pictured below: scenes from our hiking at the park (on the Florida Trail and into the ravine).