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Amazing

We happen to be close to this area visiting family and thought let's go check out this swamp. We were so glad we did but we didn't have enough time to see it all so we will be back! Great camp ground very nice facilities. Very very nice people working and running it. Cool nature trail that's all elevated out over the swamp. Saw a couple of alligators.

Very remote and beautiful. Lots of bugs in summer

They just went way up on their rates. 30$ a night for elect. 20$ a night for just water site. I don’t know if it’s worth that

Great place away from noise

This was a really nice and quiet campground. Super tight if you got a big rig, lots of sand but was very happy with the stay overall. Not far from downtown high springs and tubing.

Unique Treehouse Camping Experience

We found this fun family friendly location from a facebook post about Tree house camping and had to check it out. Making reservations was pretty easy on the county website. There are a number of forms you will be emailed to print and fill out(will save you a lot of time if you plan to use the pool that is run by YMCA) 

Check in was easy. The office is closed form 12– 1 so no chance of checking in early. There is a Girl Scout Museum near the main office where you check is– but is rarely open. This was an old girl scout camp and now id open to the public. There are many different types of cabins available for rent, tent sites and 9 tree houses. Each area set up as a grouping with a bathhouse and kitchen pavilion. 

The tree houses were so fun to stay in and being higher up gave us chances of a breeze– many in our group brought battery operated fans. Though there was a threat of rain all weekend we stayed high and dry in the tree houses(2 sides are only screened) 

There was a very large lighted screened kitchen pavilion with fireplace, stove, fridge, sinks and covered outdoor grill. There were other campers in the tree house area we shared this community area with. It was great to have a place to hang out during the rainy evenings. Bath house was centrally located and clean. 

Pool was very nice and very strictly run by the local“Y”. It was closed a lot due to distant rumbles of thunder but we did get a few minutes to enjoy. 

Trails were well kept and took you through the property and past many of the grouped cabin areas. One boardwalk took you out to the river and fishing dock another out through the area by the tree houses. 

It was a good 10 minute hike with our gear to get to the tree houses from parking area near pool. Wagons are provided but pack light to save the trouble. 

Summertime this place is a kids paradise. There were lots of families, parties and groups on the property when we went. Fall and Winter we are told is the best time to camp here but we were advised to book early! 

Remember to Leave No Trace and enjoy this one of a kind experience!

Good pull thrus for big RV's towing cars. Reasonable rates.

This campground was close to freeway access, had pull-thru camping sites, and nice shade. We stayed here a week while visiting family and liked this campground. The people were friendly and had a mixture of long term and short term sites. I will stay there again.

Best Springs Around!

This campground was huge! They had a camp store, playground, walking trails, volley ball, snorkeling, diving, and kayak rentals. A little bit for everyone to enjoy. The campground accommodates very well, there were enough bathrooms and maintenance that it wasn’t bad at all. There are limited electric sites which makes it tricky in the summer but so worth it to cool off in the springs any time of night. This is also the only spring you can drink on even get a keg delivered to your site. Please be curious of the nature we get to enjoy and clean up after yourself in the water and out.

Quiet and isolated

A nice quiet free isolated campground on the western side of Ocean Pond in the cypresses and pines

Remote, isolated, free

A primitive site with about a dozen tent sites or more. Trash cans and out toilets are on site, with pick nick tables each campsite. Dirt road access, dirt road/undeveloped area other than the tables, trash cans, and out toilets. Beautiful views to the east through missy covered cypress trees with palmetto and pine forest behind to the west.

Clean, remote wetlands campgroubd

A nice, clean, remote campground in the north central Florida wetlands/pine and palmetto forests. The bathrooms are clean, as are all of the campsites. Some of the primitive sights might be a little wet after heavy rains but all the paved sites are nice.

Very primitive nice lake

No water or electric. Vault toilet. In the middle of nowhere. Nice lake

Awesome

We have been at this state park twice so far. It is tight getting into some sites, but it is beautiful! Plenty of room between sites, and beautiful trees! Clean restrooms and showers, but no laundry. Going back for a third time in October!

Interesting Escape

If you want to get away from it all, this is the place! A few notes:

  • Cash ONLY.
  • There are free range chickens everywhere. While we and the toddler thought this was cool, our dog was losing it a little.
  • The water is Tannic (dyed dark from foliage). It felt amazing because there are cool springs feeding it from below, but completely discolored our bathing suits, so be aware.
Ranger Review: ICEMULE Cooler at Camp Chowenwaw Park Treehouse Point

Florida has many many different camping options.  I was looking for something unique and different from what I'd done before and this place popped up on my radar.  Definitely Different and Unique for Florida. And the perfect place to review my icemulecoolers.com 

Campground Review:

Camp Chowenwaw is located in Green Cove Springs, FL adjacent to the St. John's River and on Black Creek.  It was a Girl Scout Camp for 70 years and is now owned and operated by Clay County, FL (https://www.claycountygov.com/departments/parks-and-recreation/camp-chowenwaw-park).  There are many different styles of camping available here with lots of privacy between the different sections.  

I chose to camp in the Treehouse Point for a weekend where there are 9 Treehouses available for camping.  A group of us went and had Treehouse #4 and #5.  Each screened in non electric Treehouse slept 4 in bunk beds.  There were several central fire rings with a picnic table/benches throughout the unit.  A shared bathhouse with toilets, sinks, lights, and hot showers was available in the unit also.  There was a central dining hall for all of Treehouse Point with electric, lights, fans, inside fireplace, stove, refrigerator, sink area, and porch with outside charcoal grill and picnic table.  

Even with sharing the dinning hall with other campers it was great since it was big enough and everyone was friendly.  The Treehouses are spread out with some trees in between so they are semi private.  The pool is available but doesn't open til 10 am where as we were all ready to go earlier since it was HOT.  It was very enjoyable but HOT in July with no electric in the Treehouses.  We had no issues with mosquitoes or yellow flies and the frogs serenaded us every night loudly, so that was a cool experience.  We had decided not to take kayaks since there was a bit of a walk into our area and we didn't want to leave them in the parking area on our vehicles, which turned out to be a good decision because the kayak launch was under repairs.  They are planning on upgrading a lot so it should be great soon.  They recently upgraded and replaced the fishing pier and its awesome.  We are planning to go again in the Fall when its cooler.  I would recommend this place for a unique experience.  On a side note:  Green Cove Springs has a pool also in a community park on the St. John's River that is spring fed and would be a cool stop.

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Product Review:

As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get to test products.  A Camp Chowenwaw I tested the icemulecoolers.com.  I got the ICEMULE Pro XL (33L which equals 24 cans plus ice) in Camo.

1.  What I loved about the ICEMULE was that I could wear it like a backpack and be comfortable and free my hands for something else.

2.  I loved that the straps were wide and comfortable.

3.  I also loved that the chest cross strap could be moved up and down to make it more comfortable for women to use the chest cross strap.

4.  The straps had lots of room to make smaller or larger so it will be great fit  for a variety of people and body styles.

5.  It kept my ice solid for three days in the FL heat.

6.  It has a port to add air to enhance the coolers insulation.

7.  It holds A LOT!!  I had 9 bottles of Propel water and 2 bags of grapes and 1 whole bag of ice.  It wasn't too heavy and there was room for much more.

Only draw back I had was that the camo style is fabric and tends to sweat a lot.  The other colors are vinyl and don't seem to sweat.

I'm ready to use my ICEMULE Cooler again.  I even want to take it kayaking and get some more accessories for it from their site like a dry bag and a waterproof box.

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Great Camping for Exploring Florida Springs!

What a wonderful location if you love water sports! Located right on the Sante Fe with the Ichetucknee River right around the corner. This site sits 1/2 mile from the confluence of the 2 rivers. 

The site was easy to find using GPS, Paved roads almost the entire way. Last bit hardpak/gravel but well maintained. Wide drive so will be easy for RV/Travel Trailer to access. Powerbox(50/30/15)& Water are on right of site and nice fire pit and picnic table on left. Site is entirely gravel but there is grass on either side to pitch tents. Not many suitable trees for hammock on site but some by river. 

Bathroom is on other side of residence(very close) has enclosed hot water shower and a campers toilet(bucket) with replaceable sanitary bags. All was very clean. Shampoo, toilet paper and lights we a nice addition! 

Just down from site and visible is a dock on the Sante Fe River. Easy access for kayaks and not difficult to put in or take out from rocky shore. There is also a wonderful porch swing mounted on 2 trees to enjoy the sunrise from. 

Check in was at 1pm but we were told we could arrive early as there was no one the site the night before. We also had the ability to check out late if we wanted as the site was not booked the night we left 

Lots of fun for fishing, tubing and kayaking! Owner was more than accommodating! There were tubes available for rent onsite, access to launch for tubing or kayaking provided and firewood was stacked and ready for use near the fire pit. 

Owner was very nice and told us where to go to put in our kayaks to paddle/go tubing down the Ichetucknee (about a 45 min float by tube). We kayaked the river downstream to the end and paddled upstream on the Santa Fe about a½ mile upstream to get back to site. The owner also advised we could put in at Hwy 47 on the Sante Fe and paddle the 9 miles back to the site. 

The roads in the area were very busy the weekend we stayed. There is a lot of traffic as local residents loaded their vehicles with tubs and passengers to float down the river multiple times in a day. There was a good bit of golf cart traffic and dirt bikes on the roads as well. BUT, once evening hit& all the locals went home, it was dead silent for us as we watched the sun go down beyond the shore. Mullet jumping in the river and owls calling from across the far shore were the only sounds to be heard. 

This was a wonderful experience for me; it was a great location with everything I loved nearby. There are at least a dozen springs nearby to explore!This site is booked up regularly and you will need to book way in advance for weekends and holidays.

Favorite Springs in Florida

Favorite springs in Florida and one of my favorite places to camp and spend a few days in Florida or the country in general. Awesomely maintained, plenty of sites. Plenty of bath houses and area to roam and swim. 10-10

Beautiful and Well-kept

This was a great find! Beautiful views of the river and lots of trails to enjoy. The camping facilities were very well-kept. Would definitely recommend checking it out!

Beautiful campground !!!!

Campground is absolutely beautiful !!!!

Great time!

We had an amazing time. The springs were beautiful, you have access to tube down the lake and access other springs as well. Water is refreshing, bathrooms could be cleaner. If you want to relax stay away on the weekends, college kids are everywhere

Shady Place in Fl

We loved our weekend at O’leno. Campgrounds are shaded by beautiful trees with full hookup,picnic table and fire pits. The Santa Fe River trail was a gorgeous hike with a beautiful suspension bridge to walk over. We were there for the weekend and would love to go back and rent kayaks and explore more of this wonderland of rivers and springs. Campground is well maintained and easy access to restrooms from every campsite.

Best RV Park in Jax area

Best RV Park in Jax area

2nd time here as good as the 1st

We love this campground. The sites have nice shade ( important in Florida) the bathrooms are clean and well designed. We love hiking down to the Santa Fe river.

Nice military campground.

People keep to themselves at the campground as most are seasonal. As for the amenities; free washer/dryer, bathhouse access, access to military hospital, marina, golf course, commissary, and exchange. The grounds are well kept and it has easy access to the highway. Overall, really enjoyed the stay.

Awesome park

Awesome park with 800 acres to hike, horseback, or take a golf cart thru the trails.

VERY secluded

Middle of the Okefenokee swamp, woke up to deer in the adjacent campsite. One camper said they experienced an alligator under their truck. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent is you want to see the wildlife closer… motorboats canned be rented of you'd rather they keep their distance :-)

Beautiful park

Over 800 acres to explore on a golf cart or hiking. We go every time We want to go camping. Has secluded areas to camp and no one bothers You

Quiet

When we arrived to host greeted us at the pay box. Host showed us around the place. Host is very friendly and knowledgeable. The host did explain the fees because online says on thing and when we arrived price was different. The rest rooms were nice and clean. Showers hot. Very quiet except for some traffic on road near park. We stayed more towards the front. The place is big enough to maneuver a big rig around the areas. We enjoyed it. Stayed 2 days.

Back Country in Florida

Jennings is a quiet hiking area with hammock camping and regular camping. There are many well marked trails that run through the site as well as a fishing area and grills near the parking lot. The camping is hike in.

Swimming is great!

Flamingo lake is a blast, most notably for the inflatable slides. The kids go absolutely crazy and can’t get enough of the water park area. You can stay the night on your RV or cabin, but be sure to book it far in advance. You can also visit for the day. The beach area is great for picnics and swimming. The have a restaurant on the other side of the lake. Bathrooms are located near the beach.

New trail

We hiked the beach pioneer trail and really enjoyed ourselves. The campsite is about a mile in and has a picnic table and fire ring. There is a stream nearby for water. The trail is well marked and we only saw a few other while hiking. There are new stream crossings placed in good location and they keep your feet dry.