Faver-Dykes State Park

by Ray Taggart
(Winona, Minnesota)

I like to visit this park whenever I am in the St. Augustine area. I've only camped there once or twice, and that was great. But I like to visit the place even when I'm not in the camping mode.

The dirt roads that wind through this park remind me of Old Florida when I used to visit with my parents back in the 1930's. They are like the narrow roads I remember from my youth, meandering through the forests of pine.

There is a great creek here, Pellicer Creek, named after one of the Minorcan families that settled in this part of the state many years ago. I even met a guy one time in nearby Bunnell named Hubert Pellicer.

This park is not fancy, but it is representative of Florida the way it used to be.

You will love just driving through it, maybe stop and take a walk, sit on a bench and enjoy the silence even though you're not many miles from the hustle and bustle of St. Augustine and the beaches.

Even in the winter, the balminess of the park climate makes me forget all about Minnesota, yah sure, you betcha.

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