Ocala National Forest, FLORIDA
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First time camping

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.

Campsite 160!

Beautiful campground in Ocala forest! I camped here for 2 nights and enjoyed everything about it! Campsite 160 is my absolute favorite because it's the only private tent ground. Everything else is an open layout with the neighbors. Salt springs is a short walk about 3-5 minutes. Great for swimming and snorkeling! Crabs, turtles and manatees swim nearby as well! Campsite includes entrance to springs, fire pit, bench, water hook up with your own supplies though. Shower house and sink house centrally located. All of the hosts and rangers were so nice they genuinely care for the property which is so wonderful to see!! Brings tubes/rafts or buy one at the springs shop. Only thing close by at 5minutes is subway, dollar general, and gas stations so be prepared.

Best drive in experience

We decided to change the primitive camping to an easier drive in and loved it. The spot and people were perfect. The natural springs and area was amazing. I loved the feel of nature there.

Williston Crossings

Williston Crossings is just full of amenities. Full hookups with ample pull threws. Grounds really kept up. Pool and shower facilities are well kept.

Great place to tent camp!

The campsites are clean and well taken care of. The staff are very friendly. The bathrooms are pretty clean. Also, clean water is available around the campsite. The springs are beautiful and a great place to spend the day.

Nice quiet campground

Has a pool, mini golf, horshoes, bookstore, billiards, and more! Manager, staff, and host are all very kind and helpful. Bathrooms are cleaned daily. Highly recommend to anyone in the area!

Nice campground

Nice quiet area. Lots of history! Restrooms and showers are in nice condition. Washers and dryers as well. Park staff are all very nice as was the campground host.


Our spot was surrounded by trees for privacy which was nice. The tubing facility and the place to enter the river was very near and they had pick up from the end of the river. Bathrooms were clean and staff was friendly and

Beautiful area

Great place to go. Weekends during the summer are VERY busy. During the winter you may not be able to swim because of the manatees

Clean, sandy, relaxing

Anastasia State park is a wonderfully relaxing state park. The beach is very clean and scenic. But beware because we did encounter a Portuguese Man O' War, but the park ranger was able to safely remove it. I enjoyed riding bikes around the different campgrounds. The bath houses were clean and had a good amount of room. I would have liked the camp site to have a little more privacy, but overall a good stay.


Lots of fish

Great stay

Very nice place right on the beach. Kind of pricy but I thought it was worth it.

Wonderful property

Very family friendly campground. 30/50 sites, Some are pull through. Pool is heated, and shaped like the state of Florida. Nice playground for the kids.

Great family campground

Great swimming at the springs with waterfall and water slides. Kayaking on site with gorgeous scenery. Swimming pool, clubhouse, many amenities.


Very clean and well kept. Not many amenities, but the beach is right across the street.

Love Grateful Hammock!

I love this place! The entire property is protected by huge old oak trees, with a trail of camp sites winding through them. 

If you aren’t out hiking in the forest from one of many nearby trailheads, you may be relaxing in one of the buildings at the campground. There is a community kitchen that offers campers a stove, oven, refrigerator, coffee pot, and more. My favorite is the main building with a stage for the band to play, lots of soft, upholstered chairs, and an amazing fire pit. If you’re lucky, Dan & Donna will come hang out with you around the fire. 

Almost every surface on the property is covered with miscellaneous “hippy” paraphernalia and decor from the 60s and 70s. 

There are 2 bathrooms and a shower available to campers, and good music is piped through speakers from one end of the campground to the other.

Fun and relaxed!!

If you blink you'll miss the entrance to this hide-away in the woods, but that's perhaps it's secret ingredient :)  We arrived too early (about an hour before our scheduled checkin time) but the owners allowed us to choose our site and set up our tents since a rainstorm was approaching. After setup (and an hour of rain) we toured the property. You'll have full access to: kitchen (with stove/range, coffee maker, pots & pans…..), shower, bathroom, and the common area complete with a band stage and COVERED fire ring. An awesome place to hang out and chill.

Worse State Park Camping at Florida

Small campgrounds, cant touch not even inch of grass. Ranger’s rude and acting over reacting. Harassing ppl around special one woman and i wish i remember her name. She walked site by site and harassing campers about everything. Surprise she didnt walk into tent see if we didnt killed ant or mosquito. Water close by not pretty looking dirty. U cant park by campground so travel little light.

Coolest Experience!

Awesome place to snorkel and scuba dive! The water is crystal clean blue but very cold. We made the mistake of not bringing wetsuits and it was freezing after a while, so definitely bring a wetsuit if you can. Campsites are available and well maintained.

So much to do

This is an awesome campground with lots of things to do.  There are 2 loops.  One is mostly RVs and one is tents.  The sites are pretty big and most are well separated.  Bathhouse is fine.  The actual spring is quite a drive from the campground.   But definitely worth the visit.  It’s the site of a previous private venture that included a zoo.  So you can still wander around the area on paths and see the old cages and other features.  The garden is actually very nice.   We also opted to rent kayaks and paddle up to the springs one day.  The Rainbow river current is pretty strong.   So the trip back was much faster.   It’s also pretty cool to snorkel in the river.  State law requires that you display a diver buoy while snorkeling.  Again watch that current.   

During the summer they have float trips down the river and a tram back to the campground.  We rode bike down the tram road off season which was nice.  Lots of wildlife.  We heard coyotes and there are a fair amount of wild boar.

Biking paradise

Ended up at this campground since we couldn’t find anything else open at the time. Sure glad we went. The campground is one loop in a field. With camping along the edge in the woods and also in the field with some trees. Lots of open tent camping also. The bathrooms are huge and modern and super nice.
The attraction here is the biking. It’s an international destination for mountain biking! While there are no mountains in Florida, there are many man made ramps and jumps and turns. It’s remarkable to see. There is also a wonderful cross Florida trail that is paved, is super smooth and it meanders through old plantations, woods, and horse farms. It’s gorgeous. It was a great place to visit.

Small campground big sights

This campground is pretty small by Florida standards amd is popular so reservations well ahead of time are usually required.  The sites are well spaced and separated.   The big attraction is off course the spring run and the manatees.   The spring is full of manatees most of the winter.   So it is a great place to come to see and photograph these elephant relatives.  

You can swim and kayak in the spring when the manatees are not present which is most of the summer.   Check the website for the status.  There’s a little store and restaurant.  The store sells a local strawberry rhubarb jam that is amazing.  There are picnic grounds and you can also walk along the river down to the Suwannee river.  We already have reservations to return.

Bucket List Park

We loved finally getting to go! We’ve had our camping trip booked for months and it was worth it. The campground is in a separate location from the spring head. With our camping pass we were able to get into the springs with it as it covers both. We went early to the spring so there weren’t many people there which was nice. It’s chilly, but the swimming was perfect. Later we launched our kayaks from the campground. The River is full of Tibet’s and boaters, but we saw lots of wildlife while out on the water. Later we went back to the spring head to explore. Many people were swimming and cooking out on the large lawn. Just have to plan your trip around the type of person you are. We loved this state park.

An OK place to camp

Lots of Floridas natural beauty but it felt like the camp sites were a bit close together. Very few full hookups most with electricity and water only. Probably won't stay here again

Perfect camping

Anastasia park is one of the cleanest parks. Friendly rangers . Camp sides nice in woods. Beach so close that u can hear splash waves. Bathrooms clean. Mix tent sites and RV. Close to St. Augustine but if u are inside park u dont even think u r that close

Great location.

An item on bucket list was fulfilled this weekend- swimming with manatees.    The location is great with lots to do in this area near the Crystal River.  The RV park is primarily used for Snow Birds so space is limited.  The sites are not much to speak of.  Just the basics surrounding a swampy River.   Bring your bikes as nice riding trails.

Fun enjoyable lace!

This campground is quiet, peaceful, and full of activities. The staff is friendly and helpful. There is a spring where you can swim, and kayak rental. Also, there is trails to walk.

A weekend trip

For a quick stop it was fine. There are seasonal RV’ers, daily RV’ers, and long term dwellings. Not many trees for shade, but there was a dog walk. The staff was friendly and it was easily accessible from I-4, so it had that going for it. All in all, I wouldn’t stay for more than a day or two.


Nice and we'll kept. Spring is really cool.


This place is great and the folks there that maintains it are pretty darn awesome. Quiet for sure…frog sounds in abundance…will definitely be going back. Electric and water provided. Has grill and picnic table. Pads are paved.