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    Camper-submitted photo from Palmetto Ridge Campground — Myakka River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Palmetto Ridge Campground — Myakka River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Palmetto Ridge Campground — Myakka River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Palmetto Ridge Campground — Myakka River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Palmetto Ridge Campground — Myakka River State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Palmetto Ridge Campground — Myakka River State Park

    1.

    Palmetto Ridge Campground — Myakka River State Park

    35 Reviews
    134 Photos
    410 Saves
    Osprey, Florida

    The park features three campgrounds with 90 campsites. Each site is equipped with 50-amp electrical service, water, a fire ring and picnic table. The sites in Palmetto Ridge also have sewer hook-ups. A dump station is located near Old Prairie Campground. Laundry facilities are available to all campers in Old Prairie and Palmetto Ridge campgrounds. All campsites are located within 40 yards of restroom facilities with hot showers.

    NOTE: Non-Potable Water

    Effective May 11, 2023: Drinking water is temporarily unavailable at Myakka River State Park. Please remember to bring your own water. Bottled water is also available at no cost at the ranger station from 8 a.m. to sunset.

    Sites in Old Prairie and Big Flats are dirt-based. The sites in Palmetto Ridge are gravel-based, except for four ADA paved sites adjoining restrooms. Old Prairie and Big Flats do not have vegetation buffers.

    The Big Flats Campground is located near the Upper Myakka Lake, Myakka Outpost, a fishing deck and Wi-Fi.

    Old Prairie and Palmetto Ridge campgrounds are located near the State Road 72 park entrance, the Myakka River, the campfire circle, a small playground and Myakka Friends Gift Shop. Well-behaved pets are welcome in these three campgrounds, up to four per site.

    There are six primitive campgrounds (Mossy Hammock, Bee Island, Honore, Panther Point, Oak Grove and Prairie) located along the hiking trails for backpackers. These rustic settings provide campers with a fire pit and post to hang items. Each campground has three campsites, and a maximum of four people may be on each site. Only Bee Island, Oak Grove and Prairie have water pumps. Water at these sites is not potable; it requires boiling/chemical treatment. Other sites do not have water; you must bring your own. The terrain is primarily prairie, and dehydration is possible even on the coolest days.

    Myakka River State Park is one of Florida’s largest parks with 37,000 acres of its own. Home to the officially designated “Wild and Scenic” Myakka River, this state park is the perfect destination for outdoor adventurers who are looking to get closer to the natural, diverse Florida wildlife.

    Choose from one of over 80 campsites while Myakka State Park camping and get ready to explore!

    Bring your kayak and make your way through a variety of waterways where you can spot american alligators, snook, ospreys, and countless species of birds.

    Embark on one of many hiking trails to explore more of the unique environments found within Myakka River State Park. Trek to the highlands to get a look at Florida’s traditional wetlands where marshes, cypress dome trees, and grazing birds will welcome you. Go even deeper to reach the diverse array of grasses, wildflowers, and vines that grow freely in the park’s protected dry prairies. Don’t forget to bring your camera with you! Short shrubs in the dry prairies allow visitors to see for miles in any direction.

    You’ll also want to bring the camera atop the Canopy Walkway at Myakka River. Just a short walk from the main road, this suspension bridge provides a panoramic view of the entire park from a unique vantage point above the tree canopy. Every camper can find what they’re looking for at this Florida park.

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

    $26 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Oscar Scherer State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Oscar Scherer State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Oscar Scherer State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Oscar Scherer State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Oscar Scherer State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Oscar Scherer State Park Campground

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    Oscar Scherer State Park Campground

    38 Reviews
    125 Photos
    307 Saves
    Osprey, Florida

    Welcome to Oscar Scherer State Park Campground, a fantastic spot near Osprey, Florida. This place is a solid choice for anyone looking to camp year-round. The campground is smack dab in the middle of some of Florida's best beaches and trails, making it a prime location for both relaxation and adventure.

    The campground offers a mix of tent, RV, and cabin accommodations. You’ll find amenities like clean restrooms, hot showers, and electric hookups. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. There’s also a market on-site for any last-minute supplies you might need.

    Visitors have praised the cleanliness of the facilities and the helpfulness of the staff. The sites are generally private and well-maintained, with plenty of space to spread out. Some sites are close to a creek, which adds a nice touch of nature to your stay. Just be aware that shade can be a bit limited in some areas.

    For activities, you’ve got plenty of options. There are several trails right from the campground for hiking and biking, and a swimming pond if you want to cool off. Kayaking is also a popular activity here. If you’re into wildlife, keep an eye out for gators and various bird species.

    The location is unbeatable. You’re just a short drive from Venice and Sarasota, with beaches only about 10 minutes away. Whether you want to stay put and enjoy the park or explore the surrounding area, Oscar Scherer State Park Campground is a great base for your adventures.

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

    $26 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Peace River Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Peace River Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Peace River Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Peace River Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Peace River Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Peace River Campground

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    Peace River Campground

    25 Reviews
    77 Photos
    172 Saves
    Arcadia, Florida

    Peace River Campground offers over 100 acres of wilderness camping for your enjoyment. You can make camp anywhere you like, including many places right on the beautiful Peace River's edge. During less busy times you can spend days out of site of other campers. While there are no utilities, picnic tables, or other campground amenities, you are only a short walk to our hot showers, swimming pool, campground store and all the trappings of the "civilized" world.

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

    $16 - $80 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cayo Costa State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cayo Costa State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cayo Costa State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cayo Costa State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cayo Costa State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cayo Costa State Park Campground

    4.

    Cayo Costa State Park Campground

    21 Reviews
    101 Photos
    323 Saves
    Boca Grande, Florida

    Cayo Costa State Park protects the Charlotte Harbor Estuary and provides visitors with a majestic piece of untouched Florida.

    An unspoiled Gulf Coast island evokes images of wind-shaped trees, dunes, beaches and freedom to explore. This especially rings true for Cayo Costa Island.

    Accessible only by boat or kayak, this former fishing ground of the Calusa Indians features nine miles of undeveloped shoreline for swimming, snorkeling, shelling, fishing, birdwatching and exploration along with several walking and bicycling trails through the island’s interior. Shorebirds are numerous, and one might spot manatees, porpoises and sea turtles offshore.

    This is coastal Florida at its best! Campsites and cabins are available for overnight stays, and a ferry service runs to the island from several mainland locations. Visitors are reminded that camping is allowed only in designated sites in the campground on Cayo Costa.

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    • Cabins

    $22 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Turtle Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Turtle Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Turtle Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Turtle Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Turtle Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Turtle Beach Campground

    5.

    Turtle Beach Campground

    21 Reviews
    91 Photos
    524 Saves
    Osprey, Florida

    Welcome to Turtle Beach Campground, a charming spot near Sarasota, FL, that offers a slice of paradise just steps from the beach. This place is a gem for anyone looking to unwind with the sound of waves and the beauty of the Gulf right at your doorstep.

    The campground is open year-round and boasts a variety of amenities to make your stay comfortable. You'll find electric and sewer hookups, drinking water, showers, and toilets. Plus, there's a sanitary dump station for RVs. One of the standout features here is the easy beach access—you're literally just a few steps away from the sand. Imagine waking up to the sound of crashing waves and ending your day with a stunning sunset over the Gulf.

    Visitors have raved about the cleanliness of the campground and the friendly staff. There's a nice picnic area with grills, perfect for a family cookout. If you're into hammock camping, you'll find plenty of trees spaced just right for a relaxing night under the stars. And for those with kids, there's a playground to keep the little ones entertained.

    The local area offers plenty to do as well. Some campers mentioned taking a short drive to Caspersen Beach for some shark tooth hunting, while others enjoyed the free trolley to Siesta Key Village for a sweet treat. The campground also hosts special events, like an amazing Halloween family weekend with crafts, s'mores, and live music.

    Whether you're in a tent or an RV, Turtle Beach Campground provides a cozy, scenic spot to enjoy the natural beauty of Florida's Gulf Coast. Just remember, spots are limited, so it's a good idea to make a reservation in advance. Happy camping!

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

    $120 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Venice Retreat
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Venice Retreat
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Venice Retreat
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Venice Retreat
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Venice Retreat
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Venice Retreat

    6.

    Camp Venice Retreat

    8 Reviews
    7 Photos
    68 Saves
    Venice, Florida
    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Manatee State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Manatee State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Manatee State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Manatee State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Manatee State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Manatee State Park Campground

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    Lake Manatee State Park Campground

    26 Reviews
    96 Photos
    147 Saves
    Parrish, Florida

    A 60-site camping area is within walking distance of the beach and fishing areas. Water and 30-amp electricity are available at every site. A dump station is located at the entrance of the campground.

    Camps are near picnic tables, playground, swimming area and beach. A boat ramp and launching dock provide access to the lake. Well-behaved pets are welcome at the campground. Maximum RV length = 65 ft.

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

    $22 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Highlands Hammock State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Highlands Hammock State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Highlands Hammock State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Highlands Hammock State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Highlands Hammock State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Highlands Hammock State Park Campground

    8.

    Highlands Hammock State Park Campground

    48 Reviews
    114 Photos
    189 Saves
    Sebring, Florida

    The family campground offers water and electric hookups, a dump station, access to restrooms with shower facilities, laundry and dishwashing areas.

    Currently, there is no free Wi-Fi in the campground; however, Wi-Fi is available at the Hammock Inn Concession, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during peak season months. During the slow summer season, daily availability and hours of operation may vary for the Hammock Inn camp store. Call 863-402-0061 for details.

    Campsites have picnic tables and fire rings. Sites vary from being open and sunny to partially or fully shaded and range in length from 20 to 50 feet. Maximum RV length = 50 feet.

    Three paved campsites, designated as American Disability Act sites, are near an ADA-accessible restroom. A maximum of eight people with two tents are allowed per site. RV sites are allowed to have the RV and one tent.

    The recreation hall, a park rental facility with a full kitchen, stage, large seating area, restrooms, barbecue grill and playground, is used for family reunions, weddings, parties, meetings and other events. Reservations may be booked through the ranger station 11 months in advance.

    The campground is a short walk from the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum and the picnic area. The bike path, nature trails and playgrounds are within proximity and easily accessed. Ranger-guided programs and interpretive walks offered during the busy winter season are suspended during the summer.

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

    $18 - $22 / night

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    Encore Ramblers Rest

    6 Reviews
    45 Photos
    43 Saves
    Venice, Florida

    Ramblers Rest RV Resort is an all-age RV park in Florida located along the Myakka River in Venice. You'll find the best of both worlds in Ramblers Rest's tranquil, wooded RV resort setting, where you're still just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Sarasota. Not only does the Myakka River run along the RV park, but Ramblers Rest in Florida is also just minutes away from the Gulf of Mexico, where one can find shark's teeth galore! At Ramblers Rest RV Resort , there's plenty to do whether you like to go-go-go or take it nice and easy. In nearby Venice and Sarasota, you'll find a wide variety of fine dining, shopping, golfing, boating, and live entertainment within easy reach. Our RV park in Florida offers a full calendar of activities and numerous amenities to entertain you throughout your stay. Make plans today to escape the winter's chill and warm up to life at Ramblers Rest. _ Check out our upgrades in photos 1-7. Then, book your next visit and experience them in person!_RV Fun for all Ages in Venice Florida Whether you're planning a retreat for the whole family, a group of friends or a getaway for two, there's no shortage of unique activities to explore at Ramblers Rest RV Campground. Plan activities upon arrival or visit this page before your departure to plan ahead. Looking for more? Our friendly staff can fill you in on all of the great ways to make your stay a memorable experience.

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from W.P. Franklin N
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    10.

    W.P. Franklin N

    15 Reviews
    77 Photos
    98 Saves
    Alva, Florida

    Overview

    Visitors flock to W.P. Franklin Campground for its well-kept facilities and location on the Caloosahatchee River, where campers can fish, boat and take it easy in sunny southwest Florida. The campground, about 10 miles east of Fort Myers, provides visitors with a taste of tranquil, tropical country life. Nearby Telegraph Creek, offers exciting opportunities to canoe Florida's backcountry swamps and view wildlife.

    Recreation

    Fishing for both salt and fresh water game fish is popular, as is boating. A unique feature of the campground is its cruiser sites, where campers sleep on their boat while enjoying the perks of the campsite facilities.

    Facilities

    Fishing for both salt and fresh water game fish is popular, as is boating. A unique feature of the campground is its cruiser sites, where campers sleep on their boat while enjoying the perks of the campsite facilities.

    Natural Features

    The campground is almost completely surrounded by the Caloosahatchee River with just a narrow stretch of land connecting it to the shore. The Caloosahatchee River is part of the 152 mile Okeechobee Waterway that spans South Florida from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

    Nearby Attractions

    Visit the U.S Army Corps of Engineers visitor center across the river in the W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area. Visit downtown Fort Myers for flea markets, grocery stores, shopping and the historic Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estates, or spend a day exploring the sandy Gulf of Mexico beaches, about 45 minutes from the campground.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $35 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Port Charlotte, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, Port Charlotte, FL offers a wide range of camping options, with 146 campgrounds and RV parks near Port Charlotte, FL and 2 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Port Charlotte, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Port Charlotte, FL is Palmetto Ridge Campground — Myakka River State Park with a 4.6-star rating from 35 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Port Charlotte, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 2 free dispersed camping spots near Port Charlotte, FL.

What parks are near Port Charlotte, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 3 parks near Port Charlotte, FL that allow camping, notably Big Cypress National Preserve and Pomme De Terre Lake.