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Still a very nice primitive campground, the access and sites have changed, drastically. The large open pasture/meadow is no longer a vehicle area, same with the 5 sites within that area. There is a designated area to leave vehicles, and the sites on the river are walk in only. The area is open, but you can no longer pull your vehicle in next to your campsite.
I would suspect this was done because of the increase in the size of campers trying to park close. A view of the sites from the river makes it pretty apparent the situation is near critical.
Fear not, the area a few hundred feet closer to the entrance is now the drive up primitive campground, 3 sites on the east or river side of the road, and 2 or 3 on the west side. All are pretty open, this used to be the group camp area. There is a concrete covered area with public tables, each site has a fire ring and table….one is missing a fire ring and the tables are…primitive too.
Its still a great part of the river, there is access to the river from the primitive area and there is a ramp sort of. The airboats are loud, probably on the weekend its rather distractive.
There were a variety of folks, me in my cargo conversion, a couple pickup camping, a couple of different fellas on different nights in tents. The river is low, ever beautiful. Verizon signal was awful. Still love this preserve. The float into Gum Slough is right there at the edge of the campground, simply an awesome trip. ..still one of my favorite short trips and free camping as a bonus!
Lovely little park with a small and quite campsite that has lots of amenities. Clean bathroom, hot shower, water at the site. Site 3 backs up to a boggy part of the lake that you can fish from w/a Texas rig.
There's a full playground at the main park with covered shelters that we spent some time at. From there we saw tons of boattailed grackles, woodpeckers, herons, and a couple of gators.
We stay en primitive camping and the space was nice. Very silent and clean. The community bathroom are very clean an spacious. we stayed there since in wekiwa there wasn't even room in the primitive spaces. and although everything was fine at the resort we would not stay again as it is very expensive for what you want
The campsite is nothing to write home about, but I had an amazing time snorkeling here. The location is really convenient and close to Gainesville, so if you want to spend some time being active in the water during the day but want to chill and go see a movie in a theatre at night, you can totally do that. There are a ton of great restaurants and shopping nearby. It’s nice that you can come to snorkel but also have a really inexpensive place to stake your tent at night.