Jupiter: State park is mecca for hikers, bikers and campers

Jonathan Dickinson State Park is home to some of the best cycling and hiking trails in South Florida, paved and unpaved. It includes a portion of the Florida Trail -- the start point is at the north end of the entrance station parking area. The Florida Trail Association (FTA) produces a detailed hiking guide and segment-by-segment maps which can be useful for hiking the Florida Trail. For more information on the Florida Trail or FTA, visit their website at www.florida-trail.org The park's paved trail is a pleasant but short ride on a closed road. The trail is generally flat and wide and is good for bikers of all experience levels. One portion of the trail runs along the railroad tracks and was once Dixie Highway. (Look carefully and you'll see sections where the yellow highway stripe is faded but visible.) The Camp Murphy Off-Road Bicycle Trails offer mountain bikers a challenging experience. The trails are maintained by the Club Scrub bike club. A more detailed map of these trails is available at their website, www.clubscrub.org. The Eaglesview Area provides parking and double-track unpaved trails suitable for horseback riding. Contact the park for additional details. -- Florida Greenways and Trails Getting There: From I-95 - take Exit 87A - go east on Indiantown Road to US 1. Turn left (north) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 5 miles on your left. From Florida Turnpike - take Exit 116 (Jupiter). Go east on Indiantown Road to US 1. Turn left (north) on US 1. Jonathan Dickinson is 5 miles on your left. For more information, call 772-546-2771 Download a trail map at the Florida Greenways and Trails web site. Also go to www.floridastateparks.org For camping reservations, go to www.reserveamerica.com ]
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