Florida Scenics Blog- The art of Sharon Osterholt

The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location

Park #44 – Jonathon Dickinson State Park

Jonathon Dickinson State Park, just south of Stuart, was full of surprises! As you drive down A1A towards the park, a large dune is visible. Once in the park the dune – called Hobe Mountain features a boardwalk to an observation tower. What a view from up top! From here we could see remnants of some buildings and we wondered what was there. As we walked back down, we noticed a kiosk with photos and history of the park. Camp Murphy was located here during World War II. Once a top secret Army radar training facility with 1,000 buildings and 5,000 men. Amazingly it was only used for 2 years and was dismantled in 1944. The buildings were sold or torn down and the land turned over the state to become a park.

After visiting the observation tower, we saw a Rattlesnake near one of the remaining camp buildings. I’m a Florida native, yet this is the first time I’ve seen a rattlesnake in the wild. We then drove on through the scrub land towards the Loxahatchee River. Rick fished from the docks near the boat area and caught several snook. I set up to paint the view overlooking the mangroves near the swimming area.

This is a great park and worthy of much more exploration. We’ll have to go back and hike the trails and canoe the Loxahatchee.

For more information on this park visit their website

Shores of the Loxahatchee - Jonathon Dickinson State Park 8x10" oil on linen panel en plein air

Shores of the Loxahatchee – Jonathon Dickinson State Park
8×10″ oil on linen panel en plein air

2 comments on “Park #44 – Jonathon Dickinson State Park

  1. marge drew
    March 19, 2015

    Your painting is quite beautiful.. Interesting history for thatpark.. As for the diamond back rattle snake.. would rather not ever see one.. Happy  you enjoyed your day and plan to return!


    • FlaScenics
      March 19, 2015

      Thanks Margie! I
      t was an interesting Parks. It had a very Wild West feel, but the ocean was only blocks away!
      The rattlesnake was exciting to see, luckily we saw him from a good distance and were safe from harm. But did learn to always be aware!

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