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.
Beautiful beach on the Atlantic Ocean, beautiful sunsets along the inter coastal. Full hook ups, cable, most sites private and separated by vegetation also providing shade in the summer. Friendly staff, clean campground, pool, store ect. No complaints. My families favorite campground. My young girls never get bored. Minutes from historic downtown st Augustine also.
This is an excellent campground for access to the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the sites have scrub bushes behind them hindering the view. But you can still see the ocean from a distance. The sites are roomy but not private. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Dogs are not allowed on the beach in the campground section but their is a gate at the South end that you can walk them to the beach there. Nice electric and water hook ups but no sewer connection must use the the dump station.
This lovely state park in Central Florida gives campers the true feel of "old Florida!" Campsites are private, separated by lots of flora. Animals are abundant - wild turkeys, eagles, bobcats, AND the Florida Panther!
While sitting in our screen gazebo, I was awed by the passing of a male panther about 25 yards from our campsite. Wild turkeys visited us daily to hang out by a fallen tree near our site. Deer passed by every evening.
If you are seeking peace, quiet and beauty this is the place!
The campground is 1/4 mile from Old Town. (Kissimmee Fl) There they have bike nights on Thursday evenings. Friday and Saturday evenings have old car shows and cruises. Old Town style shops and music. Lots to see and do up and down 192 and close to Disney. The campground is clean the pool is small for the size campground but nice. The staff is great. They have wild deer’s there to watch and feed. Owned by 1000 trails and Encore so you can use the Trails program there. We camp there often. Really like it.
Easy access, quiet campground on a lake. Many amenities including adjacent to driving range and golf course, bike and walking trails. Short drive to West Palm Beach, FL. Wide sites that are very easy to get into.
This is a VERY reasonably priced campground with a lot of pluses. Access to an adjacent golf course and driving range. Bike trails. Walking trails. Wide sites that are very easy to pull through or back into. Immaculate laundry facilities. Short drive into West Palm Beach FL. Next door to small airport, but no flights leave over night. Quiet between 10 PM and 6 AM.
We stayed here in early November 2018. The shower and restroom facilities were very clean. It’s very crowded; we usually stay in more spread out campsites, but regardless it was very quiet at night. There is access to a beautiful beach, a fishing pier, and couple small stores for bait and odds and ends. Overall, very clean and nice for a weekend stay. We loved the variety of things available to us.
First timer car/tent camping and our stay was perfect. Deer roam happily around and your wake up call in the morning is courtesy of feisty Sandhill Cranes calling back and forth. Park and facilities were super clean. Nearby trash facilities checked and cleaned multiple times a day during our stay. I can't say how crazy it is during the summer time, but in the early fall it's a beautiful campsite to just hang out in and chill.
As my inaugural trip with the new camper, things went pretty smooth, only stayed two nights as a test. Septic hookup was too faraway for my standard hookup to reach, and even though i had the right collar for their septic intake, it would not stay. So I had to resort to using the holding tanks. The Campground shop had a good selection of items for just about anything you would need. Although I had no need to use them, the bath house was not the cleanest I have seen, and this was mid week so nothing was going on. The grounds were well maintained and they had carvings throughout the grounds. They were all very beautiful.
If you like camping and water sports, you will love SISP. The park is sorrounded by water, you have the Indian River Lagoon, The Sebastian Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean. The campgrounds is located on the Sebastian Inlet. The sites on the 1st camp loop face the inlet. The views are breathtaking. You can watch the stingrays and dolphins jumping out of the water. You can watch the sunrise over the Atlantic and watch is set over the Inlet. There is an awesome cove area that is perfect for families with small children. There are two boat ramps located within the park, one for motorized vessels and one for non motorized vessels. They also have a marina about a mile down the road where they have boat, kayak and SUPB rentals. SiSP is home to the world famous fishing pier. There are two fishing piers that extend out into the Atlantic ocean. Great for catching shark, Snook and Redfish. You can snorkel and scuba dive in the Cove (great for small children), Inlet or Atlantic, you have to have your own gear. There is a reef just a few hundred yards off the beach. There is an abundance of sea life including , dolphins, manatees and sea turtles. Dont forget to bring your surfboard. The museam offers sea turtle walks during nesting season. If you have a boat you can go out to the sandbar and anchor out for a day fun on the water. There is a great restaurant that has dining views of the Atlantic ocean. I had lunch up on the deck one day and watched the Tarpon run. The restaurants serves breakfast and lunch. I recomend the Mahi sandwich with a cold beer. They also serve alcohol and wine. They show movies on the water. Enjoy a movie while you float in the cove on you tube.
I went down here with a few friends for our senior trip for about a week. This beach and all of Sarasota is absolutely beautiful. They have white powder sand and crystal clear water(without jellyfish)! It was also a short drive to downtown Sarasota which is perfect for no-crowd nightlife activities. Overall we had a blast and will definitely recommend it to anyone!
Bring plenty of water hose bug spray. Gets very busy on weekends. Bathhouse are very clean. Washer and dryer available for only a dollar. Museum and camp store. Activity on the weekend.
Check out the photo of the site map to see how narrow this campground is. Fortunately, it really doesn't feel that way when you're at your site. I thought it was a cozy feeling, and it didn't feel like lots of sites were crowded in a small area. Despite the small footprint of the campground, it was very quiet.
If you look at the site map, it looks like all the sites are back in sites that aren't very wide. That's not really what they look like…at all. We had site 68 and many campers on that side of the loop had parked a vehicle parallel to the road because some sites are actually longer along the road than deep. This is not a complaint…it works. We did pull our vehicle in beside our teardrop but could have parked parallel to the road. I've included photos of several sites to show how people set up.
Good Separation Between Sites: I liked the amount of separation with heavy brush between most sites. I preferred the sites on the outside of the loop.
Lots of Restrooms: This campground only has about 75 sites, and there are 3 restrooms (not counting the one in the group camp area). Two are handicapped accessible with concrete pads for sites 7, 8, 10, 56 and 57. There are showers in each restroom.
Boats? Many people were able to fit a boat on their site, but there were also boats parked near the end of the loop in the area before the group camping area. I don't know if this area is open to everyone or just for hosts/volunteers.
Great Area for Easy Hiking: Sand Pine and Estuary Trails are 3.5 and 2 miles, respectively, but you can easily do a combination and cover it all. There's a tower out by Big Lagoon that's worth the view on a sunny day. We saw turtles, snakes and a heron while hiking, but no alligators.
This small, meticulously maintained campground has 30 full hook up sites split evenly between Magnolia Circle and Titi Circle. My only minor complaints are that the usable site space is all on gravel (very small pieces so it should still be comfortable for tents) and some sites are too close to each other. I prefer a grassy area (and some privacy) with my campsite, but the gravel is better for drainage when it rains.
Beautiful Setting With Nearby Trails
There are a couple short trails and a swimming beach at Juniper Lake, but I can't get excited about swimming in an area that has alligator warning signs on the trail along a marshy area near the lake. The Florida Trail for long distance hikers is nearby. The Blackwater Heritage State Trail is a paved trail you can access near Milton for biking, skateboarding, etc. It's 8 miles and then there's a 1.5 mile Military Heritage Trail that continues to a Naval Air Station, but then you'll have to turn around and return the same way.
Canoeing, Kayaking and Tubing
Blackwater River is a popular location for these activities. We passed a rental place that had lots of rental equipment.
See photos for site map as well as several site photos.
All sites are back in with gravel pads except for concrete on 5, 6 and 19.
All sites have a picnic table and fire ring on the gravel. There's green space/trees between most sites.
No separate tent pad but the gravel is small and should be ok for a tent if you have a sleeping pad.
Magnolia Circle: Sites 3 through 5 on Magnolia Circle back up to sites 16 and 17 on Titi Circle. That's a bit close for me, but no one was behind us. Sites 1/2 and 12/13 have no green space between them. I would avoid them unless you want to socialize with your neighbors.
Titi Circle: Just stay at 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 27 or 29 on the outside of the circle of you want some privacy. The other sites are too close to neighbors for my comfort.
You're not allowed to tie anything to trees. That seems to rule out hammocks but there's a clothesline between 2 posts; I guess you could fit one hammock.
Full hookup, i.e. electricity, water and sewer hookup, at all sites. Our site had 20, 30 and 50 amp outlets.
Super clean restrooms/showers are located between the two loops. Showers had good water pressure and hot water. Even the sinks had hot water.
Instead of trash dumpsters, you're supposed to put your trash by your site post between 8 and 11 am. And there's a recycling barrel for aluminum on the way to the restroom.
Nice campground all the way around, great staff, nice clean restrooms and showers, beautiful beach within the campground itself, nice pool, secure and if I left anything out I didn't mean to. Loved this campground all the way around! They let me bring my portable hot tub if I paid for the water and they didn't charge us enough in my opinion! We were able to rent kayaks from local rental for 24 hrs. and they delivered and picked up at the campground!! Close to everything!
Have stayed at Ft. Pickens campground on several occasions. Always one of my favorites. The beauty of the white sand beach is hard to beat. Having the option of swimming in the bay side if the Gulf side is too rough is a plus. Bring bug spray!! If it is rainy season, your spot may be under water. Had our last trip postponed by a day and our reserved spot changed due to water. Camp store was closed this last trip.
We stayed here the first two weeks in April 2018. The staff were very friendly and it was a site that was gorgeous. It had tropical flowers and plants and was right across from the pound. My grandson loved looking at and feeding the ducks and turtles. It is across the street from a massive park that is perfect for all family members. If you go to the park, make sure you see the burrowing owls. While not fancy and is clearly an older park, it’s still very much worth a visit.
The campground located inside the historical state park has a total of 54 sites, 39 are RV or tent, 3 only RV, and 12 Tent only. There is a bath house on the inside loop of the sites, it has hot showers and flush toilets. Each site has electrical hookup, with picnic tables, fire pit, and utility pole. Each site has good foliage and privacy from other sites. The park has water fountains and water faucets for portable water. Each site has a gravel drive and sandy/grassy area for tents, no tent pads. It is also pet friendly. Two sites I have stayed at are 020 and 009, both are large sites with lots of privacy from neighbors. From October-April it is fairly busy, and availability is scarce, so planning a head is usually necessary to get the site you want. It is $26 a night with a $6.70 nonrefundable reservation fee, reservation is on the park website.
This state park is part of a Historical Settlement of a religious group that built this particular settlement in 1893, there are lots of buildings still preserved and available for you to walk through. A couple short and nice trails, some along the Estero river. Kayaking and fishing are also permitted.
Bathhouse very clean and nicely done. Doggie playground nice They are still updating many of the sites but it is very nicely landscaped and clean. Workers very friendly and helpful. Pool was excellent
We stayed there in March for 4 days. We have family and every time one came to pick us up the guys on golf carts would say they need to sign in. Other than that the rest rooms were kinda run down. But the spacing between rigs was great. You could have a fire. And it’s close to perry so you can get to things quickly. Eat Casa Grande if your in town. Thanks
This little park is off of Route 1 ( Overseas Highway ) on the North bound side. The park is decently maintained. There is a boat launch and docks. You can rent boats and scuba equipment. You can also take one of the parks many boat tours.