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.
This is a great music venue. The sites are extremely close together and very open. They do have equestrian camping. Our site had full hookups water electric and sewer. There is a bar and restaurant on site with live music which was great. There is a swimming pool, a treehouse and cabins you can rent, a fully stocked camp store, golf cart rentals. There are some permanent units for full-time living in this park. Park is very large and known for music festivals.
We stayed is site number 28. The sites are rather small and are equipped with table, fire ring, separate grill, clothesline, and some have hammock posts. Sites are gravel. All are full hook up with water, electric, and sewer. Bathrooms were great well stocked and very clean, hot water. Trash gets picked up daily from your site. There are many many trails to walk in this area. The campground has a great boardwalk trail that goes down to a Beach area and the river. There is also a parking area and boardwalk and Beach for day-use visitors. The river is excellent here it is dark clear water with white sandy banks. This park was immaculate everyone was so friendly you can tell they took pride in this park. There was a lot of rain when we went so river levels went way up. We launched kayaks from campground beach but there is also a boat ramp not far. This park is relatively small compared to others. There is not much in area. 30-45 minutes to Pensacola. Dollar general and Piggly wiggly grocery not far from park. Outfitter close to rent kayaks and shuttle on river.
We have only done 1-2 overnight paddle trips before, but the park rangers were very helpful in getting us set up. The paddle took about 3-4 hours each way but we took our time. There was only one place where we were unsure which direction to go, but after paddling around a bit we found our way and the rest was smooth sailing. We only saw a few other people on the water. No signs of wildlife anywhere, except for a few birds here and there. Enjoyed an awesome sunset and sunrise from the chickee. Stars were great but hard to enjoy because as soon as the sun goes down the bugs SWARM. Pack some cards or something to do in the tent after sunset before bed. Beautiful sunrise.
nice campground with tent and RV sites. The tent site we stayed had the perfect view of the sunrise over the lake without even leaving the tent! Lots of families with kids. Picnic tables and fire rings at the tent sites and very friendly campground hosts!
This is my favorite Florida State Park so far. Sites are small. Some are very shallow. There is plenty of greenery between sites. Camp road and sites may be difficult to maneuver into. Sites are dirt and have table, fire ring, and lantern post. Tomoka Outpost is a very cool store. They sell local items, souvenirs, have their own special beer brewed for them, bait, and regular camping items. The area around the Outpost is awesome. There are places to sit and enjoy a beer and snack and enjoy the view. The park has only 1 mile hiking trail but there plenty of places to walk around. I cannot say enough good things about this park. I was so surprised. Park is located off 1-95 and 10-15 minutes to plenty of stores and restaurants. There are many areas to fish and kayak in park. I launched my kayak from campground and paddled around quite a bit. It was an easy paddle. Saw lots of birds and an otter. There is a lot of history surrounding the park.
Stayed site #48 on dogwood loop. Sites were on the small side. Magnolia loop sites looked better and larger. Bathrooms were centrally located and clean. There are many trails to walk in this park. We did some fishing on the river. You can launch kayaks and paddle santa fe river which is excellent! Sites include table, fire ring/grill. Park is within 10-15 minutes to grocery and restaurants. Park has some great info on the CCC. With a small museum.
We stayed here to attend the Florida RV Supershow and it was perfect. Less than a half hour to the fairgrounds. Peaceful campground with nice size sites. We were in site 51A (pull through) for 2 nights and site 42 for 2 nights. Both were level and shaded. Bathhouse was nice. We really enjoyed the trails.
The management and staff were very nice, and they are making improvements to the campground. Definately a hideaway….nice boardwalk to the river. Good luck finding a level site. The sewer was higher than the outlet on our camper, so it ran uphill. Our site was mostly sand and no shade. The bathhouse was nice, but way in the back of the campground, with no pathway to it. We had to either walk between other campers or walk all the way around the campground to use the bathhouse. The fire bowl was too deep to be able to enjoy a fire, and it was closer to the next site than our own. The neighbor's fire bowl was too close to their RV so they couldn'teven use it.
A well maintained state park. Very spacious sites. With 20 feet so between sites of vegetation, you can barely see your neighbor. Walking distance of about 10 to 15 minutes from any of the sites to the Lake. Beautiful peaceful lake. As what others have said, I can see it being a bit noisy on weekends with race track down the road. Only heard one or two cars for only a few seconds, guess testing something, but you can definitely hear it. Would recommend staying during the weekday unless your here on weekends and want to see some cool car racing! Water/electric on all sites. Has a dump station and dumpsters. Showers and bathroom clean. Will be back.
Loved out stay at Topsail. Went hiking every day through wooded trails, dunes, beach. If you have a dog, check their paws for those sand spurs--Ouch! This park if so clean and the staff and volunteers helpful and friendly. We arrived after the office closed for the day(5pm), but were called about an hour prior and given the gate code, so we were able to enter and set up. It was dark, and this is a complex park layout, but we encountered one of the campground hosts and he showed us to our site- real nice guy! Lots of privacy between sites, so some sites will have satellite coverage, but many do not. Close to shopping, restaurants and public beaches. Will definitely return.
Tent/van/popup area…Good sized sites, private, clean. Nice walking/bicycle path around the edge. Bike paths also throughout the park. Sites 1-8 or so have direct beach access, but swimming is not allowed. Mangroves surround the rest of the peninsula. Bathrooms are well kept, adequate size. Beautiful sunsets visible from the West side, a short walk from any site if you are not lucky enough to have beach front. We are here in Jan 2020 and have had no issues with bugs or raccoons. The ants have kept to themselves.
We wouldn't pay to stay here in vacation. There's no privacy between RV sites, there will be a unit within 3ft of your rear bumper. The noise from I-4, TA and Flying J is easily heard. There's a nice restaurant in site and when you checking they'll give you breakfast vouchers for the cafeteria at the dealership. The screened in pool was heated and nice. Not quite enough bathroom stalls or showers to accommodate all the attendance. The laundry room is overused and could use a larger location. There are two dog runs, dog wash and playground as well as tennis and basketball courts that look to be in good condition. The park staff can use some customer service training, most of the time when approached they are inconvenienced. All in all it was ok to get in and out but we'd only stay for a night or two while transiting to a destination.
They do not have sewer, but electric and water. They have a dump station and to make up for lack of sewer, behind the clean rest rooms, showers they have a row of big sinks, all clean, ready for one to do their dishes. I wish this was implemented in a lot of other campgrounds that don't offer sewage but a dump station instead. Allows for the extension of your RV sitting in one spot especially if you're there for a week or two. Ranges are very friendly and helpful. They have a constant workforce I believe of volenteers that come around and make sure empty sites are clean for the next person. Plenty of bike trails and walking trails. An outdoor amphitheater, campfire ring, playground, museum and a camp store to name a few. Oh and if you like orange creamsicle you have to try Maxwell's ice cream in the camp store delicious! We will definitely be back.
Very expensive for a campsite, but maybe that's standard for in the Keys. It was basically just a gravel parking lot. There is not a lot of room between sites and sites are small. We had a 4 man tent and it was much tighter space than any other campground. Almost impossible to stake down a tent, so we tied the tent to the fence and picnic table. Right by the road and airport too, so expect a lot of noise. They did have nice restrooms and dish sinks, as well as some different games set up like jenga and chess. There were several events (trivia nights, happy hour) scheduled at the campground for campers, but we were unfortunately unable to attend. Small book library available. Short drive to Key West; expect to hear roosters most of the night.
We transferred our reservations from Flamingo Bayside to Long pine key after 1 night at Flamingo. Long Pine Key was so much better! Nice, clean, stocked bathrooms and large showers. Also have a dish sink by the bathhouse. Bugs are 10x better here than over at Flamingo. Staff was very friendly and allowed us to transfer our reservation easily.
The staff at the campground were nice and showed us to the tent area which was an open field by the bay with picnic tables and fire rings scattered around. We showed up after sunset. The second we set foot in the field we were constantly being attacked by the mosquitos. Bug spray doesn't help so make sure you have long pants and long sleeves too. Bathrooms were not too far of a walk, but they were disgusting (no soap, no toilet paper, a cockroach, etc.). The star were awesome, but hard to enjoy with all of the bugs. They were not an issue in the morning and the sunrise was awesome right from the tent. We were suppose to stay for 2 nights but had our reservation switched for the second night over to Long Pine Key.
The campground is at the east point of St George Island, FL. Most sites have privacy vegetation but not all. Our site was 26 and at the far end of the entrance. Best thing about it was location to the trail head unfortunately closer to the playground. Many kids in the campground even when school is in session. Staff was pleasant. Bathrooms are dated and somewhat clean. We are one of only a few Floridians here this week. Water and electric, no sewer but they do have a dump station. Trails are wonderful and the beach is beautiful and empty. They are working to repair the Michael damage and really had little effect on our stay.
It is 55+ I rented a cabin/mh for my mom and her friend. Although my boyfriend and I are not 55 they still let us go in and have dinner with my mom and there is a cute tiki bar upfront. They have food beer and cigarettes. Beautiful sunset on the lake
I stayed for a few months and had all the amenities I needed to be comfortable from wifi to hot showers. The rates are good and one of the few campgrounds in the area that isn't 55+ or big and expensive like lazy days. Great location for the strawberry festival but be sure to make a reservation.
We chose Princess Place Preserve to celebrate my girlfriend’s 60th birthday. She had not camped in years. It was a fantastic perfect choice.
It’s obvious Princess place is lovingly cared for by the Rangers and administration. Everything is designed to provide a peaceful enjoyable experience. It is spacious and beautiful with so much to do.
It is primitive camping. Water is non potable so bring plenty . You are allowed to gather wood if it has fallen, however it’s a good idea to buy some locally as none is sold by the campground.
There are showers and flush toilets. The Ranger who was working when we were there was really helpful. He gave us a private tour of the historic buildings because no tour was scheduled during our stay.
Palm coast and Flagler beaches and towns are great and nearby for a days adventure off camp.
Go for it !
Located in the Ocala National Forest in Central Florida
Campground- with 2 large camping areas with over 150 sites overall this is one of the better campgrounds we have ever visited. One campground has complete hookups, meaning 50amp, water and sewer. The cherry on top is that all the sites are paved! Wifi is ok with our booster and using our verizon jetpacks. There are two bathhouses with 3 showers.
The second campground area also has an equally large camping area that is primitive with only water and bear lockers and one bath house. This area is closer to the kayak boat launch. This area does not have paved roads and can be very sandy causing some bigger vehicles to get stuck apparently.
Your campground fee does include entry into the springs, but know that on high attendance weekends you cannot drive your car to the springs parking lot and the springs can be up to 3/4 mile walk depending on your campsite. There are no laundry facilities but if you exit park and drive left there is a laundromat, local food, dollar store, bait tackle. If you exit park and go left there will be a marathon gas station on your left- the unmarked building behind that is a small grocery store. Across the street from this unmarked grocery story is a charming veggie/fruit stand and a food truck that serves mexican inspired food with a local flair.
Note- be aware the road that leads to the boat ramp occasionally is forced to close due soft sand . (This happens when there is a drought) This means you will have to go to the Salt Springs Marina around the corner about 2 miles if you need a vehicle to drop off your boat.
Hiking-In the park there is a dedicated 1.5 mile trail called Bear Swamp Trail and there is a .5 mile trail to the springs. This park also has its own connector to the trail to the Florida Trail.
Nearby short biking/hiking distance from the park connector trail is also the Salt spring observation loop Hike. There are soo many hiking opportunities in the area because of the Ocala Forrest, Florida Trail and the connectors. Two of my favorite resources for this area are the websites Florida Hikes and the Florida Rambler.
Biking- the roads in and around the park are very bike friendly. If you are into mountain biking you will enjoy the hundreds of miles of ATV/multi use trails in the area.
Water Activities/Kayaking- Swimming in the Salt Springs-This is a natural spring area that due to the composition of minerals in the water there is a slightly salty tinge to the water. The water in the springs are generally crystal clear and having googles and/or mask would make this more fun. Water temperature is 72-74 degrees year around. (We are currently here in June and our last visit was in January of this same year.) Also- in the colder months - Chances increase of seeing manatees the salt springs run.
Just outside the swimming area is the "Salt Springs Run" which flows slowly for 4.5 miles into Lake George. This means paddling up and down the salt run is enjoyable both ways.
Other Activities outside the park- 1.5 miles away there are 4 pickle ball courts available by exiting right from the park.
Amrit Yoga institute is about 10 miles away and offers wellness weekends, yoga, pilates. There is also yoga on Tuesday nights at the Salt Springs Recreation center (next to the pickleball courts)
We hope you enjoy this park as much as we do. Enjoy the video we made for YouTube- it is below.
Happy Camping! Pamela and Keith