Expect a long travel to this remote site. It’s a couple miles of reasonably decent dirt roads to get there, after several miles of remote highways. The only designated dark sky site in Florida. It does not disappoint for night sky viewing. If you’re camping here, please be courteous and keep your outdoor lights to a minimum. The night sky’s are just breathtaking. Check www.spotthestation.nasa.gov to see if you’ll get a glimpse of the space station while your there. Hiking/biking trails are plentiful. Be aware that there’s a LOT of loose sand. So even on a mountain bike you’ll have to walk now and then. Great birding. Crested cara cara are frequent as are flocks of turkey strolling through the campsites. Be sure to head out the road you came in back to the first turn and take the trail to the left (as you’re leaving). There’s a gator hole just 1/4 mile down the trail. Nature trail is a nice hammock view. No pets on that particular trail.
There are 2 camp loops only the first camp loop has a bath house, which is very nice. The equestrian camp has porta potties. Many of those folks drive over to the bathhouse. Even the bathhouse has outdoor red lights.
Very remote with thousands of acres of nature surrounding you. The sky at night is spectacular. The astronomers love this park. There are no stores close by so make sure that you have all of your supplies. They only sell ice & firewood at the ranger station. It’s also a bit hot in the summer. It is also an equestrian park.
KPPSP is a small park about 40 miles north of Okeechobee, FL. It is located along the Kissimmee River and is home to several endangered species including the Grasshopper Sparrow. The camp ground is small but includes areas dedicated to horses and astronomers as well as us regular folks. The astronomers enjoy some of the darkest skies on the east coast and the events surrounding a full moon (providing we have clear skies) are awesome. The park also hosts a long section of the Florida National Scenic Trail, a top notch backpacking venue. Check out www.floridatrail.org for more information. The park also offers swamp buggy rides with knowledgeable rangers accompanying to introduce campers to the prairie habitat and it's inhabitants. Spend a week or two here to enjoy a part of Florida you never knew existed!
This is a fairly new campground. I took my nephew who loved riding his bike and seeing the deer just outside out window every morning. The site had electric, water and a dump station on the way out. There were deer and turkey every morning and afternoon. they also made sure there was no lights showing after a certain hour so you could see the beautiful stars without any interruption. There was a gentleman there who would even let you look through is giant telescope to see the planets!! A great time!!
We first stumbled upon Kissimmee Prairie because we wanted to camp someplace where we could see really stunning stars at night and boy were we surprised. Having been here multiple times since, we are never disappointed with the starry views. We stayed in the equestrian campgrounds twice. The equestrian sites have hook ups similar to the regular campground sites and there is also primitive camping as well as sites for astronomy. There are miles of trails going through the beautiful prairie landscapes and we saw a lot of wildlife as well. We've seen wild turkeys, deer, and even heard wild boars at night going through the campground. The equestrian sites are shaded by large lovely trees. There are no showers here but you can drive over to the regular campsites and use their shower. There is only a composting toilet. Each site has hookups and a fire ring and picnic table.
Please note that this campground is very far from the closest stores. You can buy firewood from the camp office but it is definitely worth the drive.
If you love camping, wildlife, and stargazing but still want the convenience of amenities (i.e electricity, running water, bathroom, shower) then this is the place for you.
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is part of IDA International Dark-Sky Places. The park has little light pollution and also a stargazing pad where you can also camp on.
The campgrounds aren't large but the campsites are good for tents and RVs. The one site we stayed at had water and electric hook-ups and a firepit. We were close to very clean restroom area that also had showers, washer and dryer. They do have primitive campsites for the more rustic individuals. The campgrounds are about 45 minutes from town, but the ranger station sells ice for $2.50 and firewood purchase is by honor system. We also saw other campers with their dogs so pet-friendly as well.
Lots of hiking trails and so much wildlife. We saw deer grazing near our campsite!
Make sure to bring lots of mosquito repellent, especially in the summer months. Otherwise you'll get bit…a lot! But it is Florida after all.
This campground is about 45 minutes from the main highway. When they say in the middle of no where, they aren’t kidding. There are no gas stations, restaurants or any kind of industrial feel around here. There is a market on the way in for snacks, beer, and ice but it’s still about 15 minutes from the campground so be prepared out there. Also I’d suggest bug spray to deter ticks, fleas and mosquitoes there are plenty depending on the time of year you go. There are walking trails located in the state park all over, even a couple that start at the back of the campground. Beware of wildlife in the area we saw an alligator on the way to the bathroom from the primitive site, also panthers are indigenous to this area;perfect hunting grounds for them in the tall grass and plenty of deer nearby. If you’re looking for a wilderness experience in the middle of no where, this is it. At night they have an area for you to star gaze you can camp there or walk/ drive over. You see every star due to the fact your so seculeded the only lights come from other campers nearby and the bathhouse. The bathhouses are some of the best I’ve seen very clean and regularly maintained. There is a camp host on the grounds, he was very helpful and even dropped ice off to our site. They also offer electric sites or rv sites. They also have an area to allow your horses to run, trails and stay at night if you bring them. Also if you’re looking for something adventurous there is Fort Drum Crystal Mine where you can dig for Calcite Clam shells that are over 400 million years ago.
very nice, small campground. one handicap site, but too small for an rv. washboard road for miles to get to the hammock, and it was in bad shape. had fun at campground, even tho it poured the entire weekend! We’ve been there three times already.
Different from other areas of Florida the Prairie area is open and vast. I found it quiet, and enjoyable place to be alone with my thoughts and hiking. I was met with groups of wild turkeys and other animals and enjoyed peaceful wondering. Great set up for this tent camper and would love to go back again.
This is a really neat and unexpected gem. This park and the nearby Lake Kissimmee State Park are worthy of a full few days to explore, but it is also a good stopover on the way south to avoid the tourist traps and theme parks. There are three options for staying here: basic RV-friendly camping, a horse camp, and a few backcountry backpacking sites. We just did the standard camping, which was very clean with large sites, though open without much privacy. Enjoy boardwalk trails or hire a swamp boat tour within the park, and surprisingly good stargazing (the local astronomy club has events periodically). Great natural beauty.