This awesome county park is a hidden gem. Our most recent visit was October 2019. This park is located next to Mayport Navel Station. It is an active person’s dream location. Families will also love this park. Just know that a lot of locals come here and it can get a little busy and rowdy according to others. (We haven’t experienced that in our 5 visits to this park but we are well insulated in our RV) Lots of pull thru sites, in addition to back some with full hook ups and others with electricity and water. Cell reception was good. The not so good are that some of these sites are level others are not! Rain can = muddy on those sites… (So call office if you need more info) During busy times, the dated bathrooms can be… horrible. Update- bathrooms are being renovated!!! Not because of staff inattention but because of un-attended mannerless children. Forget those little things! You have hiking trails, mountain biking trails, the Atlantic Ocean beach access, lake and fishing ponds, large children playgrounds, splash pad for kids, great camp store, hard packed beach for bike riding and walking for miles, awesome stores and restaurants easy biking distance and bike lanes on street roads! Wow. Happy Camping from The Travyl Couple! You can access our YouTube channel/Instagram and Facebook from our website www.travylcouple.com
Paddle to Cumberland Island, catch some flounder, explore some Florida history, mountain bike, hike some trails, hit the ocean and of course…camp!
This Florida park next to Fernandina Beach Florida and Amelia island is a gem. 6 miles of paved canopied roads in the park, in addition to 6 miles of single track mountain biking and hiking trails with elevation! The shady river campground is the one we prefer and has easy access to launch our kayaks. There is no swimming at this campground due to the river currents. (Be sure to look at the site you book- some are 30amp and others are 50AMP) The ocean side campground is very open and less private because of lack of trees but you are close to the beach. This is also where the tent ⛺️ sites are. It is easy biking distance to historic Fernandina, close to Amelia Island biking trails and lots of parks. Our video has a lot more info on this park and campground.
I've camped here a few different times and loved it every time. There are some older couples that come there every year. During hunting season, there are portable toilets, but no water. Picnic tables at various spots and plenty of shady areas.
Hanna Park is a great camping spot. The sites are generously sized and level. It's a short walk to an extraordinary beach that's never too crowded. At worst (4th of July?), walk a few yards from a dune crossover.
The park also has the best mountain bike trails in the area. Weekend mornings locals fill the parking lot at the entrance to ride, and the trails are empty pretty much the rest of the week. There are also hiking/running trails through the same woods to keep everyone separate.
Another biggie is the park has a gated entrance so you don't have problems with theft like some parks. The location is nestled between Mayport Navy base and Atlantic Beach, a tony beach town with several grocery stores, great restaurants and night life.
A few too many rules for me but overall a good experience. It isn’t terribly pet friendly but we were able to quickly tour the fort within the allotted 30 minutes we could leave our dog alone. Stayed in the river loop and the drive in was beautiful with overhanging trees and Spanish moss. Bathrooms were clean and well maintained. Site size was good enough for us and hammocks are permitted. Cannot speak to the Atlantic loop as dogs are not allowed. The beach along the river was a nice walk and accessible from our campsite. People often find shark teeth but we weren’t as lucky.
Must reserve online, rangers are only able to book same day reservations.
Bayard Conservation Area is located in Green Cove Springs Florida and is maintained by the St. Johns River Water Management District. It is a track of land that has many hiking trails that traverse through shaded pine forests, hammocks, marsh, and river areas.
We have day hiked here many times, but this trip we were going to do some primitive camping at one of the campsites. There are several areas to park and then hike in. The campsites are a few miles from the parking area. They include a fire ring and a picnic table. The campsites have several different settings, but we chose the river view. On our way to our campsite we were able to spot many animals including: deer, otter, turkey, and wild pigs.
The area is kept clean and is quiet with the exception of a bit of noise pollution from the surrounding area. However, this does not distract from the experience. We enjoyed our overnight backcountry trip and highly recommend Bayard.
As a Dyrt Ranger I receive products from time-to-time and this time I am testing out the Pureland 30L Guard Backpack sold by Outdoor Element.
There are so many things to love about this backpack. The extensive cording and hooks on the outside made attaching extra items a breeze. I was able to store my trekking poles and Jetboil on the back with no problem. The hip pockets were an added plus and fit my cellphone inside of it easily. The room inside of the backpack was able to hold everything I needed for an overnight trip– including my bulky sleeping bag. The only two things that took away from the backpack was the inside zipper and the water pouch. The zipper on the inside of the bag came off the track with only a light pull while the bag was empty. It did not have the integrity that the zippers on the outside had. My 3.0L reservoir would not fit all the way in the provided pouch and hung out the top a bit. After the whole trip, I sincerely love this pack and will be using it for all of my hiking and primitive camping needs!!
Anastasia Island State Park is nestled between the mighty Atlantic and quaint historic St. Augustine, Florida. This state park is teeming with wildlife and has a boatload (get it??) of amenities. From kayak rentals to live music, you don’t want to miss this lovely state park. The campground loops and spacious and quiet. There are many that are all within walking distance of the ocean. Try hiking to the Amphitheater or check out the old coquina quarry.
Bring a bike there is so much of this island to explore. Go to see wild horses at mansion or on beach. Bring red headlamp to see Sea turtles at night. Have secure cooler for all foods raccoons are bad. Bring thermacell- bugs are bad. Beach is almost private. Campsites are awesome big and secluded. Have to catch ferry to get there or by your boat. Bring or buy firewood from ferry that comes 2 times a day I believe. Ice is sold from Ferry too. Needs planning but so worth it!! Short hike from Ferry drop off to campground. This place is a MUST
This was our first site we hooked up to in our new RV which we are now living full time in. Very nice, quiet, safe location. Friendly staff. We did not stay but just over night as we had to travel 1400 miles within a week. But we will no doubt make sure it is on our list the next time through. Spacious sites!
Passport America stop $23 for 3 adults
This is a spot everyone should experience! The greenery is beautiful. We enjoyed waking around the island and exploring the old ruins. I definitely would love to revisit this spot and spend a little more time here.
We traveled for July 4th holiday with our two children. We woke up to the most gorgeous views of the Crooked River. The rangers were excellent during the nature education. We truly enjoyed touching and learning about local wildlife. While exploring, we even found a new turtle nest! An easy drive to the beach topped off our fun holiday weekend!
We went in January. It was record low temperatures. It was still fun. I explored the numerous trails. We paddled in the tidal river. The people in the bait shop were very helpful at helping us plan our route with the tide. There are lots of host campers, and they are "Johnny-on-the-spot" with their tasks. Not only is there adventures in the park, there is lots of nearby attractions. Don't miss going to Cumberland Island when you are there.
Very easy off I95 and close to St. Augustine. Beautiful wooded campground with many pull-through sites. The staff greets you at the gate - you don't even have to get out of your vehicle. They escort you to your site. Beautiful, quiet, and very clean!
Anastasia state park was a great first time camping experience. When you come in you meet the rangers at the front gate they were very nice and welcoming. . They give you a map and explain where the campsite is , the paper they give you has important phone numbers and the rules of the park. Our campsite is in a loop with a total of six campsites. It was very clean, the campsites have trees surrounding them also a canopy of trees blocking out the sun so it’s not too hot during the summer. We camped in August so it was hot but not unbearable. We had 3 neighbors who were quiet and respectful of noise after 11. The bathrooms are very close to each campground, they are very clean. The janitorial services are there early morning and at night , they do an amazing job. We went kayaking and saw dolphins, sea turtles , ospreys and all kinds of fish. The view from the water sports bay was beautiful. There are also other water sport options if you don’t care to kayak. There are nature trails and the ranger has educational talks at specific times in the day. The beach was beautiful we went to see the sunrise and during the day and at night to look at the moon. There is a restaurant in the park near the beach if you don’t want to grill. The restaurant is also a small shop if you need something. There are also food trucks right at the entrance of the park. We went to dinner our last night in the beautiful little town of St. Augustine. Overall we had a great time the only thing I would change is camping instead during the fall and winter weather, less mosquitoes and cooler temperatures.