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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.

Plaque dedicating the memory of Martin J Roess, the Park's founder
Scene with Lake Johnson in the background
Antique Car Show
Cannon Firing Demonstration
Scene showing Vendors and Antique Cars
Stairway leading to the Ravine Floor
Ravine Floor
Gold Head Branch flows from a series of Springs located 
along the Ravine walls into Lake Johnson
Another view showing the Ravine and Gold Head Branch
Close up of Gold Head Branch showing how clear the water is
View showing one of the Springs that feed Gold Head Branch
The Crystal Clear waters of Gold Head Branch blend right into the forest setting
Ridge Trail runs along the north wall of the Ravine