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This is one of the nicest campgrounds central Florida has to offer. Clean, well maintained, and friendly staff. They have daily activities at the rangers hut and go out of the way to keep the park on top shape. If you are one of the daring campers that camps in FL in the summer, there is not a lot of shade at the campsites yet.
We were lucky to get a last-minute reservation. The site (#45) was spacious, level, and clean. Easy to back a van into, but I'm not sure about a larger RV or a trailer. We could see the neighbors on either side, but the vegetation helps to provide some privacy. The bathrooms were clean, and the showers looked decent (we didn't use them). There's a wide lawn and path separating the site from the water, and the view of the water was limited, but there was a nice breeze. Surprisingly, we saw no mosquitoes. Be careful of the raccoons, though. They're pretty fearless and active in the daytime. We came back from biking and found one checking out our water hose. At night I saw some rats in the bushes, but they stayed away from us. Just make sure your food is inaccessible. Will definitely go back.
I'd like to give this place a bad review so that everyone stays away but I just can't.
This place has it all.
Small, Quaint, Quiet and Beautiful Waterfront.
Located on the Mud River but don't let the name fool you. This is a spring fed tidal tributary which means almost crystal clear, dolphins. manatees, aquatic birds and fish galore.
The sites are adequate some shaded , some not. Some have left hand utilities ( reason for for 4 stars instead of 5)
Beautiful river and 275" seawall. Boat ramp on site. Gulf access about 2 miles down.
Watch locals catch endless schools of mullet. Kayak the river and find a few hidden spring runs. Creek connects to Weeki Wachee river.
Watch the sunset on a deck with adirondack chairs.
Pet friendly Too
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Spent 4 nights. Really liked this park, but not our site. Was bordered by the camp road and the bike/walking path so often noisy with no sense of privacy. Bad mosquitoes, but to be expected. And our only site in six months that had noticeable litter- food waste, random trash, etc. On the positive side, we did have a resident armadillo who visited every night and provided hours of entertainment. The sites on the outside of the loop looking out into nature, even right across the road, looked wonderful! And honestly, we were grateful we could even get in during the holiday season with fairly late booking. Good walking/“hiking”/running trails around the park. Good for dog walking. Loved the day use area and water views. Great day trips into Sarasota and nearby beaches. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the drag racing across the street.
We stopped in to rent kayaks not realizing that they also had sites for camping and RVs. We enjoyed our 3 hour kayak trip and then they very kindly found us a spot to stay for the night. We honestly didn’t want to leave. We hope to be back next trip and book in advance. Very relaxing place, shaded sites
This was our first time camping here. It's a beautiful park with a lovely shaded campground and lots of oak trees. The quality of the individual sites varies quite a bit, but all of them are pretty decent. But there's one big problem--as you can see from the photo, there's a wastewater treatment plant between the loops right in the middle of the campground! The plant's motors/generators are very noisy and run 24 hours a day (watch the video). It's especially loud if you're camping in sites 82 - 100. We had to use earplugs to sleep at night. If you want to enjoy some peace and quiet, reserve a site on one of the other loops. Otherwise, we had no complaints. The staff was friendly and there are lots of hiking and kayaking opportunities.