Dunns Creek is a small state park located near Palatka, FL. It has around 3 miles of walking trails and they are all flat and sandy. We enjoyed walking through this little park and seeing the birds that were around. There are 2 ponds here, but I wouldn’t recommend getting too close to them because of the potential for alligators. There was signs everywhere from the hurricanes that had hit, for example, several fallen trees were around.
They could really use some volunteers in these parks that are not directly downtown. The main park downtown was cleared nicely. Even though there were trees and debris from the hurricane, they were not blocking the paths to walk. It was a nice sunny day and we were the only ones here. They have the biggest pine cones we had ever seen! This pinecone was at least 7 inches tall and 4 or 5 inches around. The biggest one we have ever seen. It just amazed me that such majastic trees could be found in the sands of Northeastern Florida. The park has a very clean vault toliet, but no picnic tables (at least not when we were there). We loved the signs about leaving nothing behind except footprints. There were no trashy areas in this park like there are at some places where people just discard their water bottles and such. It is a very clean, quiet little park. The day we went the weather was not too hot either. We would recommend this as a little stop over to get out and look around and stretch your legs. Maybe someday they will get some volunteers in the clean up the tree debris from the storms, but at least it isn’t in your way of walking around this little park. There is also no fee, so bring the family and pets to this little “jungle” type park and enjoy the birds singing. Maybe you’ll be luckier than we were and be able to take a picture of them out of camoflauge. The maps of the park and whatever events might be going on there or at their sister park are posted plainly right next to the vault toliet and at the entrance to the park. Have fun and let us see your photos if you go!