Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

     


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

Sites: 116
Avg. Rate: $21

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Latitude: 29.8473442316722
Longitude: -81.9611835479736

Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 5
  • Good 10
  • Average 3
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 1

20 Reviews

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Chambers Chatter

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

Date of Stay: - $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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Capn Dave

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

Date of Stay: - $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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ournextstop

Review Count: 50
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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Ellanora

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

Date of Stay: - $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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OutdoorAngel

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

Date of Stay: - $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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trekker01

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

Date of Stay: - $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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Al Larson

Review Count: 117
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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HappiestCamper

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

Date of Stay: - $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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Frank&Renae

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

Date of Stay: - $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: 88
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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bailiff

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

Date of Stay: - $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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Lindaosm

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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KayLar

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

Date of Stay: - $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: - $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: - $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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