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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 hiked out about a mile along the Florida Trail and stayed for a night at the Gator Hole campsite. It was so peaceful, lots of space to explore (we had a 3 year old and two dogs!) and the symphony of Sandhill Cranes and Coyotes as the sun set was a memory I’ll never forget. If you can pack all of your gear and carry it out to this site, I highly recommend for any beginner (or expert really) because of its peaceful beauty!
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.
We hiked out to the Backcountry site only to find someone there. We made a reservation days in advance, so this person was not supposed to be there. They weren't at the site for us to ask to leave, nor did we really feel comfortable doing so as two women. From the looks of the set up, it appeared as if the camper may be living there. The site is nice, but they clearly do not monitor who's there.
We stayed at Colt Creek for one night at the beginning of February. We were lucky to have a very large site with good separation between neighbors - site 31. Note that you can see the entry road from the back, but this wasn’t a big deal for us since it was just an overnight stay. A lot of the other sites looked closer together with a little less privacy, but all of the sites looked well maintained. The tent sites were some of the best maintained sites I’ve ever seen. Our site was completely level. The trails looked nice, but we unfortunately didn’t have time to explore. One item of note - we had zero cell service (Verizon) which is normally a good thing on vacation, but a bad thing when working remotely. Would definitely stay here again when we’d have time to do trails and not worry about cell service.
Free. Fire pits, picnic tables, pit toilet and non-potable water. Nice shade. Not crowded at all during the week. Weekends can get pretty full. Manged by the south FL water district. Reserve on their website and if approved get an email with the gate code. Access road is hard packed sand, about a mile long. Filled with monster potholes. Drive slow all will be just fine.