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“Great RV camping at Pine Grove Campground”

Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Hobe Sound
Certificate of Excellence
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Palm Beach Gardens
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Great RV camping at Pine Grove Campground”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

I have stayed at the Pine Grove campground near the entrance and at the River campground towards the back of the park several times in a tent and an rv. Most recently camped in rv at Pine Grove campground. Every time I stay in the Pine Grove campground I notice it is very windy. I didn't put my awning out. I would never camp there in a tent. However, for an rv it is pretty nice. Huge campsites and very clean bathrooms and nicely kept grounds. I really enjoyed the close proximity to bike riding and hiking trails. There is a fire pit and picnic table at each campsite and sewer hookup, unlike the River campground that has no sewer hookup for rvs. I would chose a campsite the farthest from US 1 so less noisy. So basically if in an rv - choose the Pine Grove Campground and if in a tent - choose the River campground.

Visited March 2014
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Old Campground Needs Major Update!”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

We camped at Jonathan Dickinson State Park over Spring Break 2014. I had read that the River Campground was the place to be - that it was closer to all the park's attractions and it was more like traditional state park camping. There is a newer campground towards the front of the park, but it offers no trees or vegetation of any kind. Well, while that advice was not untrue, I would like to advise just the opposite. The River Campground is run-down. The campsites are an OK size but are sitting on dirt. The vegetation looks like it's never been cut and is a breeding ground for gnats and the tons of black flies that bothered us all weekend. We were in site 123 and it was a real task getting out 32 ft. travel trailer in and out of there. The sites are slanted the wrong direction - my husband had to go the "wrong way" on the camp road just to try to get out camper in there. There was a tree in the front of the site that we had to maneuver around. All of these sites are prone to flooding. The dump station is on the way into the campground (instead of on the way out), so we had to drive all the way back around on our way out. And the bathrooms were in terrible condition. They were unclean and outdated and generally disgusting. And I'm not sure how the rules of this campground differ from other state parks, but there were many campsites with 3 or 4 tents on them and at least a dozen people! It was a different camping experience to say the least.

Having said all that, we still managed to have a good time because that's how we roll. :) The park does have lots to offer. We biked some of the paved biking trails. We were going to rent a boat - that looked like fun - but the weather did not cooperate. We hiked up to the observation tower and the views were spectacular! There's plenty of other paths to hike too. And we did drive around the newer campground right up in the front of the park and it looked very nicely done - big sites, gravel, shiny new bathrooms, sewer hook-ups, etc. If you are traveling in any type of camper, this is the place to be. If you're in a tent and you're looking for shade, you are not going to find it here! But otherwise, it's very nice.

Visited March 2014
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Boynton Beach, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Great Place for Camping”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

This is a wonderful park. Camping, Hiking, Paved Biking, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Cabins. Tons of things to do in this park. Even if you just go for the day, I would definitely go canoeing down the river it is great! Our camping spot was spacious and private for the most part, lots of tree's to block others views of our site. There was also a fire pit and we were able to have a camp fire, which is great! The restroom was pretty conveniently located and kept really clean and also has showers and had vending machines near the restrooms as well, drinks only.

For anyone interested in mountain biking, the trails are really interesting to go on, but lots of soft sand everywhere (for anyone who hates riding through it).

Visited November 2013
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
486 reviews
190 attraction reviews
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“Last Stop on a Two Week Vacation”
Reviewed March 13, 2014

After a very pleasant drive southeast from Bradenton along Florida 70, we arrived at Jonathan Dickinson State Park. It was about 3:30 and check-in time is 4:00. We were told that the crew would be done in just a few minutes, so we headed a little farther south to do some grocery shopping for our four day stay. When we returned forty some minutes later, the cabin was still not quite ready, but when we explained that we had some ice cream and other items requiring proper storage, the three cleaners apologized and formed a sort of bucket brigade so we could hand up our victuals which they promptly put in the ‘fridge or freezer. Now, how is that for service above and beyond the call of duty? A quick driving tour of the park brought us back to a spic and span cabin. Another two and a half hours found us all settled in and savoring our brand new rib-eye steaks cooked over our brand new charcoal briquettes. Even Riley never had a better life.

The site of this park has had a long and varied military history, due no doubt to its remote and isolated location, simplifying security, even defense, if necessary.

The next four days just flew by. We climbed the observation tower, took the horse drawn wagon ride provided by an informative and skillful wagoner, drove to Jupiter for a Marlins exhibition baseball game, enjoyed the boat tour of the Loxahatchee River, and toured the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Preserve. Interspersed with visits from neighbors, some quiet reading and a bit of eventide sipping, there was literally never a dull moment. Mother Nature treated us to some classic late winter Florida weather, and we headed back to Maryland warmed, refreshed, and replete.

Visited February 2014
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
309 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“Lots to do and to experience real Florida”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

We visited the park to check out the amenities to plan a camping trip in the future and we were very pleased by all that it had to offer. There are an assortment of trails and various ecosystems to explore, different camping options ranging from primitive to cabins with modern conveniences. Swimming, kayaking, boat tours and a wonderful observation tower with great panoramic views.

We will definitely come back and camp.

Visited March 2014
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