This one is local for us, but we have had electrical issues on our last two stays. Great sites, wildlife and bath houses for this one. We have experienced power surges and a total power outage on our previous stay, causing us to leave early. Still a favorite, but they really need to work on the infrastructure.
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!
We decided to book a group primitive campsite in this state park. We were in the primitive group campsite on the Buster Island Loop. It was about 3 miles to hike in to the site. The path is very clear with markers and when you arrive at the site, there is a clear indicator to follow. The path to the site is right off the main trail.
Since this is a primitive site, there are no facilities and keep in mind you need to bring your own water for drinking, cooking, cleaning etc. At the site there were two picnic tables and a fire ring which was enough for our group. The area was cleared with a lot of space to set up all of our tents. We were here in late April when the weather was getting warmer so remember to bring mosquito repellent and enough water for your whole group to stay hydrated!
The hiking trails are loops about 6 miles long where you can experience different types of Florida environments and boating on the lake. And there are also history demonstrations showing the old Florida cowboys at the park.
All in all, this park has many options and activities. Whether you are into water sports or biking and hiking, this park has it all.
This park is big and nice. The lake is huge and has lots of fish in it. There are deer everywhere and you can feed them.
we went during Spring Break! we were there four nights. We took our two grandchIldren, and they had alot of fun! It was fantastic! we had the handicapped site, plenty of room, wonderful neighbors. Our campground hosts were fantastic! Extremely clean restrooms, great washing machine and dryer, clean place to wash dishes! wow! Definitely returning.
So this park was interesting… The idea of cowboys in Florida was unexpected, but added a unique element to the park. Also, I saw people on seaways which was a first while we were camping. Very 'Florida' feeling with the trees and somewhat secluded sites. An interesting experience overall- not what a person expects while camping with all the attractions, but what a fun time!