Keystone Heights, Florida

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

Keystone Heights, Florida



Keystone Heights, Florida
Phone: (352) 473-4701

Sites: 116
Recent Rate: $22 3/2014

Latitude: 29.8473442316722
Longitude: -81.9611835479736

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

20 Reviews

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Chambers Chatter

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Wonderful, quiet park. Only drawback is no sewer and dump station requires tight maneuvering for longer rigs. Will definitely be back. We camped at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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ournextstop

Review Count: 50
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed on Spot 38, a grassed exceedingly spacious spot. #36 &37 were same. Staff was great and made you feel welcome! Nice hiking trails including part of the FL Trail. We did not see any 50 amp sites and lack of sewer hook-ups would limit our stay, but a nice place to visit with unusual for FL. terrain features! My brother and his wife stayed in a cabin while we were there and they were very pleased with it, also. We camped at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in a Motorhome.

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Capn Dave

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice quiet park in rural Florida. Clean restrooms and showers. Large picnic areas with pavilions. There is a beach with lake swimming. The sites are fairly level on sand or gravel. Larger units should use the Sandhill loop as the road through the loop is paved and the others are really wooded with gravel road access and are tight. Our cost was 10.00 per night because we are Florida residents and we are over 65. We camped at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in a Motorhome.

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Ellanora

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

We were a family of six, and stayed for two nights in the Lakeview loop. (There is a view of the lake beds through the woods with a short walk, but lakes are dried up so no actual water view.) Campsite was outstanding, very large and backed to wooded area. Bathhouse was incredibly clean with large shower areas. However, hot water was hit and miss - one stall each in men's and ladies' had full hot water, others had lukewarm or cold. Nice place to spend a long weekend with some great hiking trails and good playground. Sad to see dried up lakes, but interesting to walk around and observe exposed lake beds. We camped at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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trekker01

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Concrete site near shower house was nice. Park is deteriorating. Would not stay there for extended period. We camped at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in a Motorhome.

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HappiestCamper

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful, very large park. Lots of wildlife (deer, turkeys, alligators). Bath houses were old, but in very good shape and kept very clean. If you like quiet and relaxing, this is the place. If you need large towns, cell phone, etc., this place is not for you. We camped at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Al Larson

Review Count: 117
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This quiet state park is located well away from the normal Florida bustle. There are two campgrounds within the park. Both are about a mile back from the highway, so road noise is not a problem. When I visited, the park was populated by families with younger children from the local area. In both of my stays here (the last was in 2008) I’ve found the kids to be generally well-behaved and things are quiet by 10 PM. Since school was in session, the campground which was crowded on the weekend was nearly empty on Sunday night. Cell service is very poor and I was unable to receive any over the air TV channels. I used the park as a base for access to Jacksonville, which is a long 30 miles to the north. Note there are very few visitor attractions in the immediate area. We camped at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in a Motorhome.

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OutdoorAngel

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $75.00
Overall Rating:      

Cabin was nice, park is beautiful, HOWEVER, there seems to be NO rule enforcement here at all. We were told at the gate we would have to board our dog, no pets in the cabins. We complied, only to arrive and find a very loud group with a pair of rottweilers in the adjacent cabin. A complaint to the ranger was useless. The ranger did come out to tell them dogs were not permitted in the cabins, but did not make them remove the animals, (imagine our frustration!!) Our entire weekend was spent protecting our kids from loose dogs,loud music and virtually NO park presence whatsoever. We never saw a ranger patrol the entire weekend. We will not return here We camped at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in a Campground Cabin.

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Frank&Renae

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed at this campground 3 times in the past 3 years. With each visit it seems that the campground deteriorates more. A previous reviewer stated that, “This is our weekend get-a way.” It is more like a weekend party park for locals. On our last visit there were a couple of groups that were loud after quiet hours. If there are any Florida State games being played, the situation gets worse. In talking with the camp hosts we were told that the Rangers don’t enforce the campground rules. The sites are mostly sand and un-level with very little grass. Of the 3 loops, Sandhill has the best sites but the worst restrooms. Turkey Oak is only for tents and pop-ups or small RV’s. Lakeview has the best restrooms but probably the worst sites. As a previous poster stated, we hope the Park Service reads these reviews. We will most likely not stay here again. We camped at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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User3761

Review Count: 90
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

It has nice trails and a ravine to explore. There are three (or more) lakes. Sites are level consisting of grass and gravel. No Wi-Fi, but there is cell phone service. I'd stay here again. GPS numbers are 29.847834,-81.961766 We camped at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in a Motorhome.

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Lindaosm

Review Count: 25
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Took someone else's advice and we picked site #6. Great site for privacy, however park was not very crowded anyway. We liked the Sand Hill area. The loop road was paved unlike the other loop in the area next to us which was dirt and really sandy. The one thing that I think needs to be improved are the trails. We just happened to find some by accident. We actually came across an area down by maintenance that said it was a Sign Shop. However, we felt the signs in this park were not nearly as good as other state parks. We rode our bikes all over the paved roads and down some of the paths that were not marked. Lots of wildlife. We saw deer and wild turkey. Deer walked all around our camping area like we weren't even here. Great BBQ restaurant with salad bar in town called Johnny's. TV reception was fair. Picnic area was very large. We stayed here 3 nights. We camped at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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bailiff

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is our weekend get-a way located just north of Keystone Heights, Fl. We enjoy the Sand Hill Loop the best with it's 50 amp service and back-in sites. The reason for the low grade, the State of Florida has let the sites degrade to the point some are no more than a mud hole during our summer rains. Sites are not gravel but a mixture of bolder size lime rock and sand. Most sites are not close to level and have low hanging limbs. We hope the State reads these reviews. We camped at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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KayLar

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

This is our old standby, our 3rd RV trip here. Great trails, star-gazing, and quiet. Very relaxing and peaceful. There is a roped off swimming area at the lake and a very large playground and day-use area by the lake. None of the RV sites view the lake. We prefer the Sandhill Area which is about 1/2 mile from the lake. You can hike through the woods to the "Mill Site" area then hike the 1.1 mile trail to the "Ravine". The "Ravine" is roughly 60' deep with many small springs, tropical plants and a boardwalk, bridge, dirt trail through it. You can go up the steps to the road at the site, but it's more fun to return on the trail back to the "Mill Site". We like sites 1 and 6 but, none are really bad. In the Lakeview area, avoid 41 to 45, 47 to 49, and 53 to 60 if you like privacy. Sites 46, 50, 70 and 71 looked the best. We camped at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in a Motorhome.

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RoyGBiv

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a fairly small and old park, but the staff keep it up pretty well. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for some of its visitors (ripping down trees and vegetation for fire materials, littering, making noise, etc.) I have found the Lakeview Loop to be a little quieter than the Sandhill Loop so your mileage may vary. There is a limited number of 50 amp sites and pull-throughs. Has several interesting trails in the park; main road is a nice bike ride. I have also stayed in their cabins a couple of times: very spacious (good for large families or even small groups); with plenty of amenities. We camped at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in a Motorhome.

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mbr3366

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground is very open with not a lot of trees. There is a very small lake, but too small for kayaking which we had hoped to do. The ranger was nice enough to tell us where there was a larger lake. As others have stated there is not very much to do there. We ended up the 2nd day going into Gainsville for a movie. It seemed as though there were many family/friends who camped there together. We camped at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in a Motorhome.

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