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