Hills of sand in the center of Florida, far from today's beaches to the east and west, is a sure sign that eons ago ancient oceans lapped these "shores." Now the age-old dunes are cut through by a ravine made by water that still flows from the its sides through the sand: Gold Head Branch. The ecosystem of the ravine is radically different from the scrub of the sandhills. There are supposed to be some twenty-four different families of trees in the park, most of them in the hardwood hammock that borders the ravine. When you figure that each of these families contains three or more species, the magnitude of the diversity becomes obvious.
A footbridge crosses Gold Head Branch at a point where a mill once stood. All that remains are a few pieces of metal fixed in concrete.