Beluthahatchee Park, designed by Florida Hall of Fame inductee, journalist, and author, Stetson Kennedy, is a peaceful haven that connects man with nature.
Take a walk around the gargantuan oak trees on the property that are used to protect herons, egrets, eagles, ducks, and grackles. Guests are encouraged to learn more about the different types of vegetation on the property such as southern magnolia, laurels, and pignut hickory. They can also explore scenic trails and the Stetson Kennedy residence.
Educational presentations and exhibitions are available at the main house, giving visitors more insight into the park's history, mission, culture, and wildlife conservation efforts.
History of Beluthahatchee Park
Stetson Kennedy's writing career started in 1942 with the book, Palmetto Country, followed by other notable works such as Southern Exposure in 1946, Jim Crowe Guide in 1956, and The Klan Unmasked in 1957. Receiving many awards throughout his time as an author, his legacy also impacted many, including musician, Woody Guthrie.
Guthrie admitted he composed more than 80 songs during his stay as a house guest at Beluthahatchee. He was inspired by Kennedy and wrote works mostly highlighting human rights issues.
In 2003, the park became a Literary Landmark with an additional marker in Kennedy's name. He then received a life estate in 2005 and the rest, as they say, is history.
Amenities at Beluthahatchee Park
- Self-guided tours
- Nature trails
- Wildlife viewing
- Picnic pavilions
- Canoe dock
- Restroom facilities
Visit Beluthahatchee Park
Address: 1523 State Road 13, Fruit Cove, Florida 32259
Parking: There are public spots available in front of the site.
Other Parks Near Beluthahatchee Park
Alpine Groves, Aberdeen, Riverfront, and Veterans Park are all relatively close by. Check our local Parks Directory and article Exploring Nature from River to Sea.