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Best Tent Sites Near Ocala National Forest, FL (35)

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Delancy East NF Campground

    1.

    Lake Delancy East NF Campground

    3 Reviews
    1 Photo
    23 Saves
    Salt Springs, Florida

    Lake area campground with 29 campsites along the eastern shore of Lake Delancy in the Big Scrub.

    • Fires
    • Tents
    • Picnic Table
    • Toilets
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Dorr Cabin
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Dorr Cabin
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Dorr Cabin
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Dorr Cabin

    2.

    Lake Dorr Cabin

    3 Reviews
    4 Photos
    20 Saves
    Altoona, Florida

    Overview

    Lake Dorr Cabin is set along the south shore of beautiful Lake Dorr, ideal for a family getaway. The cabin is open year-round and creates a great setting for plenty of outdoor water fun. The rental includes a private boat ramp, canoes and a fishing dock. It's located just over an hour from popular amusement parks and other exciting attractions in Orlando. The cabin entrance and bathroom is accessible. A flat section on the property fits two tents if guests wish to camp outside.

    Recreation

    Boating, skiing, jet skiing, fishing and swimming are among the most popular activities for guests. The abundance of largemouth bass, crappie and pan fish entice anglers. A private boat ramp, fishing dock, picnic table, grill and three canoes with life vests are provided.

    Facilities

    Boating, skiing, jet skiing, fishing and swimming are among the most popular activities for guests. The abundance of largemouth bass, crappie and pan fish entice anglers. A private boat ramp, fishing dock, picnic table, grill and three canoes with life vests are provided.

    Natural Features

    The cabin rests on the south shores of the lake, with shady Palmetto palms and other tropical vegetation. Views of Lake Dorr, which spans 1,760 acres, are impressive from the cabin grounds. Ocala National Forest boasts more than 600 lakes, rivers and springs, including three first-magnitude springs.

    contact_info

    This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (352) 669-3522.

    Nearby Attractions

    Altoona lies directly south of Lake Dorr, with gas stations and conveniece stores. Umatilla is a little farther south, offering grocery stores and pharmacies. The cabin is about 50 miles from Daytona Beach to the east and the city of Orlando to the south. Both trips take just over an hour and offer many opportunities for entertainment.

    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Trash
    • Picnic Table

    $280 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Shanty Pond Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Shanty Pond Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Shanty Pond Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Shanty Pond Campground

    3.

    Shanty Pond Campground

    2 Reviews
    4 Photos
    11 Saves
    Salt Springs, Florida

    Shanty Pond is a campground in the heart of a longleaf pine eco system, located south of Salt Springs off SR 19. A favorite of equestrians and hunters, it is seasonally open from October 15 through April 15.

    • Tents
    • Trash
    • Picnic Table
    • Toilets
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      4.

      Ocala National Forest Farles Prairie Recreation Area

      1 Review
      17 Saves
      Astor, Florida

      Set along the shores of Farles Lake, this recreation area is a launch point for outdoor adventures, including boating, birding, and fishing along the lake and prairie system.

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Phone Service
      • Tents
      • Group
      • Standard (Tent/RV)
      Camper-submitted photo from Hontoon Island State Park Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Hontoon Island State Park Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Hontoon Island State Park Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Hontoon Island State Park Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Hontoon Island State Park Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Hontoon Island State Park Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Princess Place Preserve
      Camper-submitted photo from Princess Place Preserve
      Camper-submitted photo from Princess Place Preserve
      Camper-submitted photo from Princess Place Preserve
      Camper-submitted photo from Princess Place Preserve
      Camper-submitted photo from Princess Place Preserve

      6.

      Princess Place Preserve

      10 Reviews
      47 Photos
      214 Saves
      Palm Coast, Florida

      Tent Camping Only (No RV's). Tent Camping is allowed at designated campsites in the Princess Place Preserve.

      Princess Place Preserve, with its rich history and 1500 pristine acres, attracts nature enthusiasts from near and far. It provides a glimpse of old Florida. Visitors can take in its splendor while on one of the many hiking trails, fishing the salt marshes along the Matanzas River and Pellicer Creek, or camping out under the stars. The preserve is a popular spot for horse enthusiasts, with an equestrian campsite and plenty of trails that make it is easy to embrace nature while enjoying a ride.

      This beautiful 1,500-acre preserve is situated in the northern part of Flagler County. It was purchased by Henry Cutting in 1886 and passed on to his widow Angela Mills Cutting Worden, who eventually married Boris Scherbatoff, an exiled Russian prince. Angela assumed the title of princess and it was then that the once named "Cherokee Grove" came to be known as "Princess Place." The original lodge, built by Henry Cutting, stills stands as Flagler County's oldest intact structure. It is also home to Florida's very first in-ground swimming pool.

      Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. There are Lodge tours Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. on a first come first serve basis. There is no reservations for the tours, simply meet the Rangers at the Lodge at 2pm. Camping check-in is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Ranger Station. For more information about camping or pavilion rentals, call Parks and Recreation at 386-313-4020.

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Phone Service
      • Reservable
      • ADA Access
      • Tents

      $20 / night

      Camper-submitted photo from Bluff Landing
      Camper-submitted photo from Bluff Landing
      Camper-submitted photo from Bluff Landing
      Camper-submitted photo from Bluff Landing

      7.

      Bluff Landing

      2 Reviews
      4 Photos
      44 Saves
      Paisley, Florida

      This primitive camping area above 52 Landing provides three tent sites and easy access to Alexander Run.

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Electric Hookups
      • Phone Service
      • Reservable
      • Tents
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        Camper-submitted photo from Sawgrass Island Preserve
        Camper-submitted photo from Sawgrass Island Preserve
        Camper-submitted photo from Sawgrass Island Preserve
        Camper-submitted photo from Sawgrass Island Preserve
        Camper-submitted photo from Sawgrass Island Preserve
        Camper-submitted photo from Sawgrass Island Preserve

        9.

        Sawgrass Island Preserve

        1 Review
        9 Photos
        11 Saves
        Grand Island, Florida

        This 1,137-acre site is located at the north end of Lake Yale. The major feature is a 600-acre shallow marsh. Approximately 61% of the property is comprised of forested and herbaceous wetlands (692.2 acres) with the remaining 39% consisting of uplands (444.5 acres). The upland community types found on the Preserve include unimproved pasture, shrub/brushland, mesic hammocks, xeric hammocks and pine flatwoods. Wildlife include sandhill cranes, gopher tortoises, pocket gophers, ring-neck ducks, foxes and scrub jays.

        Hiking, biking or horseback riding on the Sawgrass Island Preserve allows the visitor an opportunity to experience a natural area far away from the urbanized environment. There are two primitive camping sites located on the Hammock Trial. They consist of a fire ring, picnic table and a post to hang your lantern. There is no water source, so water must be carried in. Camping is available by permit only.

        • Tents
        • Equestrian
        • Picnic Table
        Camper-submitted photo from Haw Creek Preserve State Park Dispersed
        Camper-submitted photo from Haw Creek Preserve State Park Dispersed
        Camper-submitted photo from Haw Creek Preserve State Park Dispersed
        Camper-submitted photo from Haw Creek Preserve State Park Dispersed
        Camper-submitted photo from Haw Creek Preserve State Park Dispersed
        Camper-submitted photo from Haw Creek Preserve State Park Dispersed

        10.

        Haw Creek Preserve State Park Dispersed

        1 Review
        10 Photos
        1 Save
        Bunnell, Florida

        Permit Required - boat access only -

        The boardwalk leads back to an open field area where there is tent camping allowed. The walk takes you over some wetlands, it's a beautiful site all around, and it's shaded by the natural canopy created by the trees.

        • Pets
        • Fires
        • Phone Service
        • Reservable
        • Tents
        • Group
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