Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park is located off State Road 21 about five miles north of Keystone Heights. The park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s on land donated by Mike Roess. It is a great place for hiking, picnicking, or camping. One of the most interesting trails is found in the deep ravine where crystal clear spring water bubbles up from the ground and forms Gold Head Branch. Follow the branch through scrub woods where birds call from the tops of loblolly pine, magnolias, sweet gum and other Florida flora.
We visited the park in January when the Yesterdays Festival was in full swing. With music, food, exhibits, and re-enactors recalling yesteryear, it proved to be an interesting outing.