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Faver Dykes State park is situated on Faver Dykes Rd just south of St Augustine on Floridas North Atlantic Coast.
This park now covers 1600 acres since the State Parks dep acquired an extra 226 acres in 2004. Faver Dykes was once the home of the Timucan Indians. Faver Dyke State Park is situated in Faver Dykes
They were based from Cape Canaveral to St John River and from Tampa to Ocilla River. The name means ruler and they were tall people who lived in round houses made from palmetto. Principally hunter, fisher, gatheres they found an unending food supply in these ares
Ultimately, some were taken into slavery and others were shipped out to Cuba by the spaniards
Later this area became The Old Buena Suerte Plantation and then in time it became the home of the United States troops in the second Seminole war.
Hiram Faver donated the grounds to the Sttae Parks system and they have added to it since. Hiram was a clerk in St John County
This park would make a pleasant day out if you were taking a side trip to St Augustine. It is great for fishing, birding and canoeing with lots of wild life opportunities.
You can hire a canoe here (you must do that in advance)and indeed the park is part of Floridas official canoe trail. Canoes cost $8 for 2 house and $17 for 5 hours.
Anglers will be well pleased with their haul here; sheeps head, sea trout and red water proliferate. If you prefer sea fish then go to the head water where there are bass and bream. The creek empties in to the Matanzies River.
There are 2 short trails here; one starts at the campground and takes you through hard wood hammock to the banks of the Pellicer Creek and the other takes you through flat woods along the banks of the creek.
There are also miles of back wood trails but you may only explore those after consultation with a ranger.
Birders have the opportunity to see around 100 birds at migration times (they are sep and october and april and may)
Eagle, warblers and falcons and among the wading birds are storks, herons and egrets.
Turkey, deer and bob cats are a common sight and you may also see an otter on the banks. There are some less common plants here too including coral root, indian piper and coontie.
There are 2 good picnic areas on Pellicer Creek on a carpet of pine needles and under the pine trees shade
Faver-Dykes State Park
1000 Faver Dykes Road
St. Augustine, Florida 32086
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