“This ride is a tour of all of the great trails in Jonathan Dickinson Park.
— Ben Demby
With many beginner level trails, this is a great place to take kids to learn the basics of riding
Helmets are required...
Read the signs.
Be safe and be smart don't over ride your skill level.
Front Section 5.4 miles
Back Section 3.2 Miles
The trails in this park are designated into one of three levels of difficulty ranging from easy to extremely difficult. Trail is mostly singletrack but there are also features like roots, jumps, wooden ladders, raised boardwalks and switchbacks. You can take it easy or make a day of it.
Need to Know
State Park Entry Fee $6.00
Bathroom and picnic tables are present, and you can even barbeque using the grill at the TrailHead.
The trails at Jonathan Dickinson Park are a great way to get acquainted with mountain biking. The loop here highlights the extent of the trail system but keep in mind that this is a great place to "choose your own adventure."
Starting from the northern trailhead, it's advisable to get warmed up on the beginner and intermediate level trails before heading to the more difficult obstacles. It's also probably a good idea to take a look at the obstacles that you're planning on riding before hitting them blindly.
While not overly long, this trail system is a fun way to get outside and enjoy some great riding in Tequesta.
While you're out, keep an eye out for the following: cactus plants and sand spurs aren't friendly to exposed legs and arms, and will give you flat tires. Be very careful of the gators near the water. Yes, these are live gators, you are in the woods and they do not want to be your friend.
History & Background
Bring the kids, bring your friends, bring your significant other- to Camp Murphy that is. The mountain bike trails at Jonathan Dickinson State Park are respectfully named Camp Murphy. In 1942, they were the home of the Southern Signal Corps School during World War II and served as an Army base for instruction in radar operation early in the war. Now, there are 10 miles of off-road trails used for recreational mountain biking. Club Scrub, a local off-road biking club, maintains the trails. President of Club Scrub, Dorsey Tenant, is committed to the task, "We take care of all the trails, but we don't receive any money from the state or the park so we are always looking for volunteers or donations." The fee to join Club Scrub is only $40 a year for a family. The fee includes 12 free entrances to the park. Aside from maintaining all the trails, the club hosts many fun events throughout the year. "Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day" at Camp Murphy the club is dedicated to introducing kids.