Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

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  1. Rabbit86

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    Oct 2, 2015
    Lakeland, FL
    Spent the last 7 nights in site 5. Very friendly staff. Speed bumps very abrupt. It's nearly a 2 mile drive from the front gate to the campsite, and the roads are very winding. Our spot was not the deepest; but all the spots seem very well spaced out. Roads are narrow and with the truck parked at the road at the site across from us, it was hard to back in (Very large 5th wheel in the site). Sharp drop from road surface to site surface, and edge uneven. We had a fire pit with grate; some sites also have a grill. We also had a picnic table. Wood is available; $6/Bundle; they only have t-shirts and patches and no real "store". St. Augustine is about an hour away. Fellow campers were polite and respectful of the quiet times. Quite chilly after Sunday; rain on Wednesday night and Thursday throughout the day. Rangers came to trim branches around another pop-up camper (Site 3, which does not show on Reserve America!) and were responsive to reports of debris.

    Bath house was not as close as the map makes it look, but each site has paths to the Bathhouse (1 bathhouse per loop). Washer and dryer are outside the bath house at $2.00 each. They do not have sinks for washing dishes at the bathhouse. Bathrooms were clean and well stocked. Quite a trip to the dump station (not something you walk to). We had a few damaged Aquatainers, only 1 didn't leak so we had to dump nearly every day. A bit of a walk (not visible from the site) to the dumpsters.

    No WIFI at the park; cell service was ok at our site 1 bar, sometimes 2, sometimes dropping to 3G; web browsing very slow. 150M range TV antenna got stations from JAX easy; We got ION the first 2 days but couldn't get a signal after that (we think it was from GA, as we had some other GA stations at that time). Antenna was 15 feet up, with a 15db gain amp. Noted some power dips on Thursday night, otherwise stable (30 AMP service).

    We tried 2 of the restaurants in Keystone Heights Laredo's and Tom's BBQ, both had generous portions and very friendly staff. Tom's was nearly empty (About 7:00PM, Tuesday); they have mini-golf out front; Laredo's was packed (About 6:00PM on Thursday) and is in the same Plaza as Hitchcock's. Hitchcock's (local grocery) a tad expensive; Walmart was about another 15-20 minutes or so down the road.

    In all, a great park and it was well worth the drive for us (about 175 miles each way).

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