Despite being home to some of the most popular beaches in America, Florida has more freshwater springs than anywhere else in the world. While tourists flood the coastlines, you can head inland to one of Central Florida’s dozen spring systems to find a beautiful, serene spot that is perfect for camping in Florida.
One of the largest, clearest spots is Ginnie Springs, located 35 miles northwest of Gainesville. The year-round 72-degree water is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, scuba, and cave diving. The seven-spring system is a magnet for divers who love the underwater cave system, while the gentle current of the Santa Fe River attracts day tubers and kayakers. Pack a snorkel when you go camping in Florida to be rewarded with glimpses of bass, mullet, catfish, turtles, and other natural critters.
Plus, with over one hundred campsites, visitors to Ginnie Springs can also enjoy accessible camping spots complete with electric hookups. If you’re looking for a truly authentic Florida experience, wilderness sites are also scattered throughout Ginnie Springs’ 200 acres, many of which are right on the riverfront or a spring. You will truly be one with nature as you wake up next to your own crystal-clear spring, waiting for you to dive in.
Another nearby spring system perfect for camping is Rainbow Springs State Park, located 60 miles straight south of Ginnie Springs. Rainbow Springs is the fourth largest freshwater spring in Florida and feeds into the Rainbow River, giving the spring a gentle current that is great for tubing or canoeing.The Rainbow River campground has 60 sites ready for both RVers and tent campers, complete with electrical service.
There is no better way to get in touch with nature or experience camping in Florida than with the natural water systems of the state. These refreshing sites are a unique Floridian attraction that will make your next camping experience stand out above the rest. With The Dyrt, you can be sure to find more unique spots for all your camping in Florida needs.
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Nice size campsites with fire pit and table. The bathrooms / showers and very nice and big. The park is very big but has very little campsites to stay at. The fort is right on the beach but if you want to go inside it does cost money. Dogs are welcome at the campsites but not on the beach.
Awesome place to camp without having to Carrier your equipment. When you get to the outpost you put your gear in the trailer and they drive it to the campsite for you. They drive you in a bus with the canoes and from there you paddle down to your campsite. The campsite we stayed at was nice and high off the river. The campsite are nice and big with a nice size table. Make sure you get a shovel and sleuth to find some snark teeth. We found over 100 just at the campsite alone.
This is my personal hometown park. I have never camped here, but use the river and the park all the time! Clean river and usually see manatee or two!
I am not an athlete, but I highly recommend renting kayak or SUP and go down the beautiful river!!
Not a bad little campsite. Actually got a site 010 for the 4th of July the day before our trip off the state.gov site. Also called once we arrived and a nice lady on the phone was helpful.
Camping during the 2020 pandemic kept the small campground half full, which was nice. It’s rustic, portapotty, well water and pump. Fire pit, and picnic table, and other USA camp basics.
Highlights were not the crazy mosquitos. But instead the short walk to the river (can’t swim unless you’re crocodile Dundee) because we did see a nice big aligator just chilling. Turtles, fish jumping, crafty spiders, and huge a huge eagle too.
Could recommend for one night if your driving through.
This is a good place to camp with your kids during nice Florida weather. In the rainy season, expect rain and flooded campgrounds. Especially Fern sites 61 & 62, very easily flooded, but nice and close to the showers. The 1 spring they offer to wade in is nice but gets very crowded on the weekends, full of grass on the bottom and rules in place- no jumping, can’t go in during a thunder storm etc. There are not many hiking trails at all here, just short paths through the campgrounds to the spring, or you can go out and back on the FL trail. The staff was nice and they offer ice and firewood 8am-8pm. The Juniper run canoe run is open if you have your own vessel, they are not renting canoes until 2021. We didn’t see any bears or gators but they are there. We did see and hear tons of frogs, everyone got a tick on them too. And I nice snake! Cool place but only for a couple nights and pray for no rain :)