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This was our second camping trip as a couple and the first in our travel trailer. I don’t have much to compare it to so take this with a grain of salt. Upon check in you have first come first serve. Since we were not camping with others and no pull throughs allowed we were able to secure C-56 which is the 4th to last spot before the water view spots. We were quite satisfied as our site backed up to a wooded area where and a quick walk to the walking trails and Peace River. We have a Thousand Trails 1 year pass with purchase of our trailers which saved us $67.00 per night. Many of the campers we spoke to were Thousand Trails members. We won’t be visiting campgrounds for the amenities as we use this time to get away and reduce weekly socializing so I cannot comment on condition of pickleball courts or pool.
We stayed in site 19 for one night in early February. This site was very large, mostly level, with beautiful trees surrounding the site and great privacy. The park itself didn’t inspire us on our drive through, so we just relaxed in our site here. Two things to watch out for - be careful of low hanging tree branches when backing in, and be aware that we had no cell service (this actually made us cancel another stay we had planned since we needed cell service for remote work). We would stay here again if we were looking for a place to relax with good site separation.
We stayed for 2 nights at Sebastian Inlet State Park. We lucked out and got what we felt was the best site - site 1. This site, although it’s right by the entrance to the campgrounds and overlooks the main road going to the boat ramps/fishing area, seems to have the best combination of views and privacy. There is only one neighbor, and decent separation from that neighbor. You could also sit on the drivers side of your RV if you don’t want to see your neighbors at all. You will see cars going down the road between you and the view though. Also note this park is open 24 hours, so there will be cars driving past you at all hours. (Positive if you don’t like gate codes, negative if you’re like me and like that most of the FL state parks close their gates at sunset.) There was also a lot of noise/music from boats on the waterway - didn’t bother us, but something to expect. The view is beautiful and you can walk to the fishing area on the intracoastal waterway, which is very pretty (and we got to see dolphins swimming by). This view over the waterway also gives you great sunsets. Note that you can’t walk to the Atlantic beaches/pier. At least not easily or maybe we missed something. The main part of the park is over a huge bridge that didn’t have pedestrian walking areas, so we didn’t see the main park at all. Also, there were tons of gnats - maybe no seeums or the gnats distracted me from mosquitoes. Either way, I was covered in bites at this campground. We would return only if we got site 1 again.
Ok. I will try to sum this place up in as short of a review as I can. If I could give this place no stars I would.
I don’t really have any Pros.
Not all hookups are full. Must enter lottery to get full hookup site. Wasted 3 hours pulling into one spot. Have to sign up, enter lottery, look at spot, go back hope your name is called, if it is move again.
Laundry is broke! Numerous people who have been here for longer then a month have said they have been broke since November.
Swimming pool is like taking a warm bath with 60 other people.
They charge $5.00 per item to receive mail. Yes you read that right. If it’s an regular envelope it’s $5. Medication. Yep $5. Got three post cards from aunt Mable. $15.
Staff are the most ignorant I have come across on a 7 month road trip around the country. Ask a simple question about laundry room and the employee coped a huge attitude. The two maintenance men were awesome. But front office staff are HORRIBLE.
*** IMO thousand trails maybe good for some people however they are the biggest waste of money I have seen.
Lake Kissimmee State Park Review This was our first visit to Lake Kissimmee State Park and it was a big surprise. Like all Florida State Parks, they are all a little different and have one attribute in particular that makes them special. For me this was the camp sites that were both spacious and private.
We were on the inside of the loop on #4. Since the pandemic spots at most state park have been few and far between so we have become way less particular and simply take what we can get at most parks.
Like all state parks the bathrooms were spotless and rivaled those of a Marriott. We enjoyed the common areas, the observation deck and the hiking. Staff and hosts were wonderful. Thanks again Florida State Parks for a great weekend! We will for sure return to Lake Kissimmee for sure.
A few miles outside of town is a amazing jem of a place called McCarty Ranch Preserve. If you need a place to go and relax and recharge this is the place!! It’s a little primitive as there is no hook ups. You need to bring your own water and have a generator for electric but it’s worth it. All the sites face the huge lake that is available for fishing or kayaking, there are plenty of hiking and biking trails, wildlife and beautiful sunsets to view from your camp site. I highly recommend this campground!!
We stayed at Fisheating Creek on the lake a couple weeks ago and had a very fun time with my three daughters. Rented a canoe and saw alligators almost immediately. There is a nice little spot with a beach that was popular to pull over and stretch your feet. We were lucky to bring our own lifevests because they did run out when it was time to get our canoe.￼ they had a food truck on site that looked very good but we never made it there because we had plenty of our own food. I would recommend it and will be back.