Walking along a sand road crunching oak leaves underfoot like cornflakes, you’d hardly believe Dunns Creek State Park is along a bend in the St. Johns River. But it’s easy to miss the state’s biggest river when you have 6,200 acres to roam.
Location: Pomona Park
Open: 8 AM to sunset
Dunns Creek State Park is more about the uplands between the bend, with steephead ravines, scrub forests, and rolling sandhills. It’s botanically important as the home of at least eight healthy populations of rare Etonia rosemary (Conradina etonia), found in only one other place in the world, on the far side of Palatka.
A 1.5 mile nature trail leads you through a variety of habitats, or you can roam the extensive system of forest roads used by equestrians if you have a GPS or map and compass and plenty of time to explore. Biking is permitted, but the sand’s a bit soft for it to be enjoyable.
Explore the park
- Dunns Creek Yellow Trail - Dunns Creek State Park protects sandhills and scrub along a sharp bend in the St. Johns River and is home to the rare Etonia rosemary (Conradina etonia) along its trail system.