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This is a nice park

The park isn’t the best park we have been to but the surrounding area and safety and nice people make up for it. The bathroom is very nice and modernized. Laundry is more pricy than any other but they take card so it’s nice not having to get cash or quarters every time. Don’t like being towered the front of the park right next to the road. Love to be in the back where all the shady trees are. Sometimes neighbors play loud music until pretty late. The people in the park are so nice. The heated pool and hot tub are wonderful though could use some more water in it at times. One of the bathroom stalls has been closed forever and isn’t being fixed so there is only two in the main one. There is another set though in the club house area. Has a nice library and a mail room. Mount Dora and down town Eustis are beautiful.

Won’t stay again

Large campground with numerous sites. Came on Presidents’ Day weekend. Checked in around 6pm with a friendly staff but it was downhill from there. We’ve stayed at KOAs before so had expectations. This did not meet them. We were not assigned a site. We were given a map and told to go find a spot. The map was difficult to follow and the sites were even harder to understand. You had double parked pull through which are a terrible idea unless the person in front of you is checking out before you leave. But then people were so confused you had rigs pulled in all different directions. Streets and sites could have been better marked. The campground clearly caters to ATVers (which we weren’t) which was not that big a deal, but does explain why it’s in the middle of nowhere. However, better maintenance of sites, such as sewer holes that open, water spigots that turn on, and better water pressure would be great. The sites are grass with no clear delineation between them.

Nice camping and great park with lots of wildlife!

We really enjoyed this park. We camped at a tent only site which was private as there weren’t many tent campers while we were there during the week. Stayed at site 31 which is probably the furthest walk from parking but the most private. We saw wild bison, wild turkeys, deer, snakes, and several different species of birds. Disappointed we didn’t see any wild horses but will most definitely be back. Beautiful part of Florida.

Beautiful Park

Staff is very helpful. Gates secure park at night beautiful peacocks on grounds. Clean and neat. Across from Lake Apopka with more walking trail than we can do over 15 miles.

Sweet campground on the Ocklawaha River

This is a friendly campground with canoe/kayak rentals and a shuttle service. The tent area is near the river and very wooded--lots of places to hang a hammock or pitch a tent, and has drive-in access. The campground also has cozy cottages great for families or groups, each with a small porch and a fire ring. The RV area is large and open, each site is spacious but not wooded so there is nothing screening you from your neighbors. There is a fair amount of road noise as the location is near a bridge over the river. Besides the kayaking and riverside location, the best thing about the campground is couple who own the place. They are a delight, friendly, helpful and working hard to make your stay enjoyable.


We had a wonderful family camping trip to Juniper Springs. But here are a few things to consider when planning your next trip:

Pros: Very clean camping sites. No trash around. Close to walking trails. Firewood available for purchase. Picnic tables , grill , bear box and fire pit with grill available at each site.

Cons: Bathroom was not cleaned daily. Due to the park being a bit crowded, the women’s shower had hair and hair ties everywhere.

Sites are awfully close to one another, there are trees and shrubs in between but you could still hear your neighbors conversations.

Sites located in the middle of the campsites are much smaller than those on the outside.

Overall it’s a beautiful place to visit, the springs are crystal clear and if you like to kayak this place is for you. A wonderful weekend getaway.

Nice and quiet

Spent a night herewith the wife. Breezes kept the bugs away and had a fantastic view of the sunset over the prairie. Close access to trails

My favorite

This is my favorite Florida State Park so far. Sites are small. Some are very shallow. There is plenty of greenery between sites. Camp road and sites may be difficult to maneuver into. Sites are dirt and have table, fire ring, and lantern post. Tomoka Outpost is a very cool store. They sell local items, souvenirs, have their own special beer brewed for them, bait, and regular camping items. The area around the Outpost is awesome. There are places to sit and enjoy a beer and snack and enjoy the view. The park has only 1 mile hiking trail but there plenty of places to walk around. I cannot say enough good things about this park. I was so surprised. Park is located off 1-95 and 10-15 minutes to plenty of stores and restaurants. There are many areas to fish and kayak in park. I launched my kayak from campground and paddled around quite a bit. It was an easy paddle. Saw lots of birds and an otter. There is a lot of history surrounding the park.

First time

Families first camping trip