Places to Camp near Palm Harbor, FL

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Best Camping Sites Near Palm Harbor, FL (206)

  1. 1.

    Fort De Soto Campground

    132 Reviews
    510 Photos
    1130 Saves
    Tierra Verde, Florida

    Located off the St. Petersburg coast, near the mouth of Florida’s Tampa Bay, the tiny islands that make up Fort De Soto County Park have a long and storied history. More than 1,000 years ago, the islands were home to the Tocobaga peoples, who sustained themselves on local plants and seafood. In the 1500s, Spanish conquistadors began exploring Florida’s barrier islands and mainland, among them, Hernando de Soto. From the Civil War in the 1860s until the conclusion of World War II in the 1940s, the islands were used as military emplacements, first as a Union blockade, then as coastal defensive batteries. The islands finally became a state park in 1963 as an effort to preserve their long history, and provide a recreation area for locals and visitors. The park was designated America’s Top Beach in 2009, and sees more than 2.7 million annual visitors.

    Fort DeSoto County Park reservations offer 238 sites for tent and RV campers. It is located on the St. Christopher and St. Jean Keys, approximately 10 miles southwest of St. Petersburg. The campground is mostly wooded, and divided up into three areas: Area 1 for tents, vans, and small campers, and Areas 2 and 3 for larger RVs. All sites are equipped with electrical and water hookups, picnic tables and cooking grills. Comfort stations with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities are located in each area; a dump station is located near Area 2. The campground also features a small store, dayroom, two playgrounds, and Wifi service; bike and kayak rentals are available. Dogs are permitted in Area 2 and the designated dog park only. Alcoholic beverages and gas-powered generators are not permitted in the park. Reservations are recommended, and can be made up to six months in advance; seven months for locals. Campsite rates are $36–$42/night.

    There are plenty of activities to enjoy on a visit to Fort DeSoto County Park, including visiting Fort DeSoto. Located on the southernmost point of Mullet Key, the historic military emplacement is open to the public for self-guided tours. Explore officers’ quarters, the bakery, the hospital and various other facilities. Look out across the Gulf of Mexico for the lighthouse, constructed in 1858, on neighboring Egmont Key. The park also features more than 7 miles of sparkling, white sand beaches, including East Beach and North Beach, for sunning and swimming. These can be reached via a paved, multi-use path from the campground. There are also boat launches, a fishing pier and a snack bar. As part of the Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge, bird watchers can scan for some of the more than 300 species of resident and migratory birds, including waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, woodpeckers, and raptors.

    A 236-site family camping area with facilities including picnic tables, grills, water, electricity, washers, dryers, sanitary disposal stations, modern restrooms, showers, play areas, and a campground store. Special camp sites for camping with pets.

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

    $38 - $48 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Hillsborough River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Hillsborough River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Hillsborough River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Hillsborough River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Hillsborough River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Hillsborough River State Park Campground

    2.

    Hillsborough River State Park Campground

    63 Reviews
    275 Photos
    317 Saves
    Zephyrhills, Florida

    Just minutes from downtown Tampa, this Hillsborough River State Park Camping offers a refuge from city life with its seven miles of nature trails and ample places to cool off in the water.

    Except for occasional reenactments, the cannon and guns are now silent at Fort Foster. No longer do Seminole Indians have to fight to keep a foothold in Florida, and soldiers no longer guard a strategic river crossing. The reconstructed fort and its surroundings are now part of Hillsborough River State Park.

    Besides a living history lesson, visitors can kayak or canoe class II river rapids, rare in Florida, hike seven miles of nature trails and swim in an ADA accessible swimming pool.

    Tucked away, only a short distance from the bustling city of Tampa, camping is a popular activity at Hillsborough River State Park.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from St. Petersburg-Madeira Beach KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from St. Petersburg-Madeira Beach KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from St. Petersburg-Madeira Beach KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from St. Petersburg-Madeira Beach KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from St. Petersburg-Madeira Beach KOA
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    3.

    St. Petersburg-Madeira Beach KOA

    25 Reviews
    86 Photos
    187 Saves
    Bay Pines, Florida

    Welcome to St. Petersburg Madeira Beach KOA Holiday!

    Take a look around St. Petersburg KOA with our virtual tour.

    Camp minutes from the Gulf Coast's sugar white beaches, bordered by the lush mangrove-lined bayou and Pinellas Trail. Offering spacious Deluxe Patio RV sites, secluded back-in RV sites and full hookup, 50amp, pull through sites. No RV? No problem! Leave the packing to us and stay in one of our Deluxe Cabins. Deluxe Cabins allow you to enjoy all the amenities of home with private bath, patio with a grill, fresh linens and many with a fully stocked kitchen. 

    Participate in the campground's endless activities all year round! Summer campers love our outdoor movies, themed weekends and fishing right from the dock. Active snowbirds stay busy during the winter months with a wide array of classes, including water aerobics, yoga, quilting and painting. 

    Campground amenities include: TWO hot tubs(our newest edition is a private area just for adults!), a crystal clear outdoor pool, sandy volleyball court, pet-friendly play area, shuffleboard and more. Rent a kayak and paddle the peaceful Long Bayou inland waterway; alive with herons, egrets, dolphins and other wildlife. If you are looking for some healthy fun, jog, walk, or bike the popular 38-mile Pinellas County Fitness Trail. Come and visit us in paradise!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Camper-submitted photo from Caladesi RV Park
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    Camper-submitted photo from Caladesi RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Caladesi RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Caladesi RV Park

    4.

    Caladesi RV Park

    15 Reviews
    24 Photos
    120 Saves
    Palm Harbor, Florida

    Full hook up RV park with air conditioned club house and laundry facilities. Caladesi RV Park is nested in the heart of Palm Harbor, Florida, right on the Pinellas Trail, an exercise trail spanning from Tarpon Springs to Clearwater.  The Caladesi RV Park is minutes from 5 Tampa Bay area beaches.  Tons of shopping and restaurants withing walking distance.  Trolley pick up on the property.  Just 20 minutes from Tampa or St. Petersburg.  5 minutes to Honeymoon Island, where you can park your RV.

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Group

    $45 - $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park

    5.

    Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park

    11 Reviews
    57 Photos
    87 Saves
    New Port Richey, Florida

    Separate primitive camping areas available for individual and equestrian camping. Backcountry camping available. Campsites for cars and primitive cabins available. Groups can reserve tent site or cabins up to 90 days in advance. Reservation and fee are required and can be made up to 30 days in advance.

    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    Camper-submitted photo from Anclote Key Preserve State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Anclote Key Preserve State Park Campground
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    6.

    Anclote Key Preserve State Park Campground

    6 Reviews
    55 Photos
    193 Saves
    Holiday, Florida

    Enjoy the blue-green Gulf of Mexico waters that lap gently along the sandy beaches of the four islands that make up Anclote Key Preserve State Park - Anclote Key, North Anclote Bar, South Anclote Bar and Three Rooker Island.

    The 11,773-acre park is home to at least 43 species of birds, including the American oystercatcher, bald eagle and piping plover.

    A picturesque 1887 lighthouse stands as a sentinel on the southern end of the island. Visitors can swim and sunbathe at the beach, fire up a grill and enjoy a picnic, or pitch a tent and enjoy a night of primitive camping under the stars.

    Primitive camping is permitted on the very north end of Anclote Key. There is a compostable toilet for use in that area.

    There is no water or any other amenities, so you will have to bring everything that you need.

    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Dispersed
    • Trash
    • Picnic Table
    Camper-submitted photo from Clearwater-Lake Tarpon KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Clearwater-Lake Tarpon KOA

    7.

    Clearwater-Lake Tarpon KOA

    6 Reviews
    2 Photos
    49 Saves
    Tarpon Springs, Florida
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from E.G. Simmons Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from E.G. Simmons Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from E.G. Simmons Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from E.G. Simmons Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from E.G. Simmons Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from E.G. Simmons Regional Park

    8.

    E.G. Simmons Regional Park

    19 Reviews
    64 Photos
    269 Saves
    Ruskin, Florida

    Welcome to E.G. Simmons Regional Park, nestled near Ruskin, FL. This spot is a favorite for those looking to enjoy some time by the water with their furry friends. The park is known for its excellent water access, making it a prime location for kayaking and fishing. You might even spot some manatees and dolphins while you're out on the water.

    The campground offers a range of accommodations, including tent and RV sites, and even some glamping options. It's a pet-friendly place, so feel free to bring your dog along for the adventure. The park is equipped with essential amenities like drinking water, electric hookups, showers, and toilets. There's also a sanitary dump and sewer hookups for RVs.

    One thing to keep in mind is the local wildlife. Raccoons are quite common here, and they can be pretty bold, so make sure to secure your food and trash. The no-see-ums can also be a nuisance, so packing some bug repellent is a good idea.

    For those who enjoy a bit of fishing, the park has several fishing docks and is close to a boat ramp. The sunsets here are stunning, especially when viewed from the beach or out on the water. If you're into kayaking, the channels offer great views of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and the Skyway Bridge.

    The park is generally clean and well-maintained, with friendly staff and rangers ready to help. It's a peaceful spot, perfect for a quiet getaway or a family trip. Just be prepared for some traffic if you're heading into the city, and maybe check out the local sushi place while you're here. Enjoy your stay at E.G. Simmons Regional Park!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $24 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Caladesi Island State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Caladesi Island State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Caladesi Island State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Caladesi Island State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Caladesi Island State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Caladesi Island State Park Campground

    9.

    Caladesi Island State Park Campground

    5 Reviews
    15 Photos
    144 Saves
    Dunedin, Florida

    One of the few untouched islands along the Gulf Coast, Caladesi Island State Park is accessible only by boat, but is worth the extra effort. Whether it is a stroll along the island's pristine beaches or a kayak trip through the bayside mangrove forest, a trip to Caladesi Island is an unforgettable experience. Take a nature trail walk to the historic Scharrer Homestead through the island's interior and listen to the ocean breeze whisper through old-growth slash pines and feel the embrace of expansive live oaks. Discover why homesteader Myrtle Scharrer Betz called this place "Paradise" in her memoirs.

    Caladesi Island State Park has a marina with floating docks with 30 amp electric service and water hookups. A covered pavilion with a grill is available for picnicking. A snack bar and gift shop is located in the marina. Three sites are ADA accessible.

    The marina is a designated Clean Marina. For reservations, visit the Florida State Parks reservations website or call 800-326-3521 or TDD 888-433-0287. Reservations can be made online, first-come, first served in the marina.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Trash
    • WiFi
    • Showers

    $31 / night

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    10.

    Serenova Tract Campsites

    7 Reviews
    28 Photos
    110 Saves
    Odessa, Florida

    Equestrian, group and primitive campsites. Sites have picnic tables, fire rings and/or grills. A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Palm Harbor, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, Palm Harbor, FL offers a wide range of camping options, with 206 campgrounds and RV parks near Palm Harbor, FL and 3 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Palm Harbor, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Palm Harbor, FL is Fort De Soto Campground with a 4.7-star rating from 132 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Palm Harbor, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 3 free dispersed camping spots near Palm Harbor, FL.

What parks are near Palm Harbor, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 1 parks near Palm Harbor, FL that allow camping, notably Ocala National Forest and Osceola National Forest.