Places to Camp near Lithia, FL

Looking for the best campgrounds near Lithia, FL? Discover secluded campsites where you can reconnect with nature. Or maybe you like to bring your family and friends along. Either way, there are Lithia campgrounds just for you. Find the best campgrounds near Lithia, plus reviews and photos from other campers like you.

Best Camping Sites Near Lithia, FL (290)

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    1.

    Hillsborough River State Park Campground

    63 Reviews
    275 Photos
    317 Saves
    Zephyrhills, Florida

    Just minutes from downtown Tampa, this Hillsborough River State Park Camping offers a refuge from city life with its seven miles of nature trails and ample places to cool off in the water.

    Except for occasional reenactments, the cannon and guns are now silent at Fort Foster. No longer do Seminole Indians have to fight to keep a foothold in Florida, and soldiers no longer guard a strategic river crossing. The reconstructed fort and its surroundings are now part of Hillsborough River State Park.

    Besides a living history lesson, visitors can kayak or canoe class II river rapids, rare in Florida, hike seven miles of nature trails and swim in an ADA accessible swimming pool.

    Tucked away, only a short distance from the bustling city of Tampa, camping is a popular activity at Hillsborough River State Park.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $25 / night

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    Fort De Soto Campground

    132 Reviews
    510 Photos
    1132 Saves
    Tierra Verde, Florida

    Located off the St. Petersburg coast, near the mouth of Florida’s Tampa Bay, the tiny islands that make up Fort De Soto County Park have a long and storied history. More than 1,000 years ago, the islands were home to the Tocobaga peoples, who sustained themselves on local plants and seafood. In the 1500s, Spanish conquistadors began exploring Florida’s barrier islands and mainland, among them, Hernando de Soto. From the Civil War in the 1860s until the conclusion of World War II in the 1940s, the islands were used as military emplacements, first as a Union blockade, then as coastal defensive batteries. The islands finally became a state park in 1963 as an effort to preserve their long history, and provide a recreation area for locals and visitors. The park was designated America’s Top Beach in 2009, and sees more than 2.7 million annual visitors.

    Fort DeSoto County Park reservations offer 238 sites for tent and RV campers. It is located on the St. Christopher and St. Jean Keys, approximately 10 miles southwest of St. Petersburg. The campground is mostly wooded, and divided up into three areas: Area 1 for tents, vans, and small campers, and Areas 2 and 3 for larger RVs. All sites are equipped with electrical and water hookups, picnic tables and cooking grills. Comfort stations with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities are located in each area; a dump station is located near Area 2. The campground also features a small store, dayroom, two playgrounds, and Wifi service; bike and kayak rentals are available. Dogs are permitted in Area 2 and the designated dog park only. Alcoholic beverages and gas-powered generators are not permitted in the park. Reservations are recommended, and can be made up to six months in advance; seven months for locals. Campsite rates are $36–$42/night.

    There are plenty of activities to enjoy on a visit to Fort DeSoto County Park, including visiting Fort DeSoto. Located on the southernmost point of Mullet Key, the historic military emplacement is open to the public for self-guided tours. Explore officers’ quarters, the bakery, the hospital and various other facilities. Look out across the Gulf of Mexico for the lighthouse, constructed in 1858, on neighboring Egmont Key. The park also features more than 7 miles of sparkling, white sand beaches, including East Beach and North Beach, for sunning and swimming. These can be reached via a paved, multi-use path from the campground. There are also boat launches, a fishing pier and a snack bar. As part of the Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge, bird watchers can scan for some of the more than 300 species of resident and migratory birds, including waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, woodpeckers, and raptors.

    A 236-site family camping area with facilities including picnic tables, grills, water, electricity, washers, dryers, sanitary disposal stations, modern restrooms, showers, play areas, and a campground store. Special camp sites for camping with pets.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $38 - $48 / night

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    Alafia River State Park Campground

    19 Reviews
    40 Photos
    185 Saves
    Lithia, Florida

    Standing out from the relatively flat topography of Central Florida is Alafia River State Park, a reclaimed phosphate mine with some of the most radical elevation changes in the state. This makes it a hot spot for mountain bikers, who traverse the scenic and challenging International Mountain Bike Association trails.

    Equestrians and hikers can explore 20 miles of hilly trails through forests and flatwoods, stopping to relax and admire one of the park's pristine lakes.

    Canoeing and fishing opportunities are available along the South Prong of the Alafia River with some lakes scattered throughout the park.

    The park also offers picnic pavilions, a playground, a full-facility campground and a full-service bike shop.

    Family campground is suitable for RVers and tent campers. Campers will find water and electrical hookups at each of the 30 campsites. Clean restrooms feature solar-heated showers. There are two large picnic pavilions in the campground.

    Equestrian campers have access to 12 sites with equestrian designation and tie-outs for horses. Equestrian campers can access the barn, which is a short walk from the campground. There are 12 stables and 6 paddocks available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Extra parking for trailers can be accessed near the barn area. Equestrians and hikers can explore 20 miles of hilly trails through forests and flatwoods, stopping to relax and admire one of the park's pristine lakes.

    For reservations, visit the Florida State Parks reservations website or call 800-326-3521 or TDD 888-433-0287.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $22 / night

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    Little Manatee River State Park Campground

    24 Reviews
    118 Photos
    267 Saves
    Ruskin, Florida

    Little Manatee River State Park Campground, near Wimauma, FL, is a solid spot for those looking to enjoy nature without straying too far from civilization. This place has got it all: electric hookups, drinking water, and clean restrooms and showers. You can even bring your pets along, which is always a plus.

    The campground is pretty spacious and offers a good mix of partial shade and open areas. Some sites are paved, making them big rig friendly. If you’re into hiking, biking, or just walking around, there are plenty of trails to explore. And for those who like to stay connected, the campground has reservable sites, so you can plan your trip without any last-minute surprises.

    Visitors have mentioned the friendly staff and the clean facilities, which include new washers and dryers. The bathhouse is also a highlight, being new and well-maintained. If you’re into wildlife, you might spot turtles, rabbits, and deer during your stay.

    One thing to keep in mind is that the camp office closes at 5 PM, so plan ahead if you need ice or firewood. The park itself is pretty quiet, being a couple of miles from the main road, which adds to the peaceful atmosphere.

    Overall, Little Manatee River State Park Campground offers a great mix of convenience and natural beauty, making it a fantastic choice for a relaxing getaway.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $22 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from E.G. Simmons Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from E.G. Simmons Regional Park
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    E.G. Simmons Regional Park

    19 Reviews
    64 Photos
    269 Saves
    Ruskin, Florida

    Welcome to E.G. Simmons Regional Park, nestled near Ruskin, FL. This spot is a favorite for those looking to enjoy some time by the water with their furry friends. The park is known for its excellent water access, making it a prime location for kayaking and fishing. You might even spot some manatees and dolphins while you're out on the water.

    The campground offers a range of accommodations, including tent and RV sites, and even some glamping options. It's a pet-friendly place, so feel free to bring your dog along for the adventure. The park is equipped with essential amenities like drinking water, electric hookups, showers, and toilets. There's also a sanitary dump and sewer hookups for RVs.

    One thing to keep in mind is the local wildlife. Raccoons are quite common here, and they can be pretty bold, so make sure to secure your food and trash. The no-see-ums can also be a nuisance, so packing some bug repellent is a good idea.

    For those who enjoy a bit of fishing, the park has several fishing docks and is close to a boat ramp. The sunsets here are stunning, especially when viewed from the beach or out on the water. If you're into kayaking, the channels offer great views of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and the Skyway Bridge.

    The park is generally clean and well-maintained, with friendly staff and rangers ready to help. It's a peaceful spot, perfect for a quiet getaway or a family trip. Just be prepared for some traffic if you're heading into the city, and maybe check out the local sushi place while you're here. Enjoy your stay at E.G. Simmons Regional Park!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $24 / night

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    Canoe Outpost Little Manatee River

    14 Reviews
    49 Photos
    230 Saves
    Wimauma, Florida

    The Canoe Outpost Little Manatee River is a private, small, family business in operation since 1978. We offer RV and tent camping, group camping area, and cabin rentals, in a rustic setting under many oak trees on six acres on the banks of the Little Manatee River adjacent to the Little Manatee River State Park. We are also a full service canoe and kayak outfitter.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $24 - $109 / night

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    Lithia Springs Conservation Park

    11 Reviews
    40 Photos
    174 Saves
    Durant, Florida

    Well-known for its natural spring which flows year-round, cool, clean water into the Alafia River, the Lithia Springs Park was originally purchased by Gardinier, Inc., a mining company that soon became Mosaic Phosphate, Inc. When the company leased the park to Hillsborough County as a recreational area in 1957, the 160-acre site slowly became a popular camping spot.

    After setting up camp, hikers can explore the woodsy trails and its diverse plant communities, river cypress swamps, and hardwood hammocks. But it is the natural spring that serves as the park’s major attraction, which---courtesy of the water’s 72 degree temperature---provides an excellent swimming experience all year long. In addition to swimming, visitors can fish and play volleyball. There is also a bath house for the parents to rest and chat, while their kids can play at the park’s playground.

    The park’s 44 camping sites---which is also suitable for RVs---include water/shower and electrical services. The campers also have access to picnic shelters and tables, restrooms, and barbecue grills. There are no reservations for these sites; everything is done on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Park rules to know:

    -Picnic shelters are not rented for the months April - September. -All shelters, tables and grills and parking spaces are first come first serve -Due to the high demand of the swimming area and current conditions maximum capacity is -No rain checks / refunds

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Tents

    $24 / night

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    Lake Manatee State Park Campground

    26 Reviews
    96 Photos
    145 Saves
    Parrish, Florida

    A 60-site camping area is within walking distance of the beach and fishing areas. Water and 30-amp electricity are available at every site. A dump station is located at the entrance of the campground.

    Camps are near picnic tables, playground, swimming area and beach. A boat ramp and launching dock provide access to the lake. Well-behaved pets are welcome at the campground. Maximum RV length = 65 ft.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $22 / night

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    Lazydays RV Resort

    14 Reviews
    18 Photos
    41 Saves
    Lee, Florida

    Lazydays RV Resort near Seffner, FL, is a solid spot for RV and tent campers alike. It's conveniently close to I-4, making it easy to find and access. The campground offers a range of amenities that make it feel more like a resort. You’ve got electric and water hookups, a sanitary dump, and even sewer hookups. Plus, there's a market on-site if you need to grab any essentials.

    One of the standout features here is the heated pool and hot tub, perfect for unwinding after a day of travel. There's also a restaurant on the property, which is a nice touch if you don't feel like cooking. For those traveling with pets, there are a couple of dog parks, and some sites even have large grassy areas that are great for your furry friends.

    The campground is pretty active with daily activities and events, so there's always something to do. If you're into socializing, you'll appreciate the friendly staff and the sense of community among campers. However, be prepared for the sites to be a bit close together, which might not be ideal if you're looking for privacy.

    For those who need to stay connected, the campground offers cable TV with plenty of channels and strong Verizon signal. The water pressure is solid, but you might need a reducer.

    Overall, Lazydays RV Resort is a convenient and amenity-rich option for campers looking to explore the Tampa area or just enjoy a comfortable stay with plenty of activities on-site.

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
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    Colt Creek State Park Campground

    28 Reviews
    118 Photos
    185 Saves
    Zephyrhills, Florida

    Welcome to Colt Creek State Park Campground, nestled near Lakeland, Florida. This place is a real treat for anyone looking to escape into nature. The campground is known for its peaceful and spacious sites, perfect for both tent and RV camping. Whether you're pulling in with a big rig or setting up a tent, you'll find the sites accommodating and well-maintained.

    One of the standout features here is the abundance of wildlife. Visitors often spot various animals, making it a great spot for nature lovers. The park offers plenty of opportunities for walking, biking, and hiking, with numerous trails weaving through the scenic landscape. If you're into birdwatching, bring your binoculars—there's a good chance you'll see some interesting species around the lake and trails.

    The amenities are top-notch, with clean restrooms and showers, and even laundry facilities available for $1.50 per load. Firewood is available for purchase, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire in the evenings. Pets are welcome too, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    Campers have praised the friendly and helpful staff, including the camp hosts and rangers, who go out of their way to ensure a pleasant stay. The park's serene environment and well-kept facilities make it a favorite for many who visit.

    So, pack your gear and head over to Colt Creek State Park Campground for a relaxing and enjoyable outdoor experience. Whether you're here for a weekend getaway or an extended stay, you'll find plenty to keep you entertained and comfortable.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $24 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Lithia, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, Lithia, FL offers a wide range of camping options, with 290 campgrounds and RV parks near Lithia, FL and 4 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Lithia, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Lithia, FL is Hillsborough River State Park Campground with a 4.3-star rating from 63 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Lithia, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 4 free dispersed camping spots near Lithia, FL.

What parks are near Lithia, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 3 parks near Lithia, FL that allow camping, notably Ocala National Forest and Pomme De Terre Lake.