Best Camping near Port Richey, FL

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Best Camping Sites Near Port Richey, FL (231)

  1. 1.

    Fort De Soto Campground

    132 Reviews
    510 Photos
    1143 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
    320 Saves
    Thonotosassa, 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

    $24 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Caladesi RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Caladesi RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Caladesi RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Caladesi RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Caladesi RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Caladesi RV Park

    3.

    Caladesi RV Park

    15 Reviews
    24 Photos
    122 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

    4.

    Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park

    12 Reviews
    57 Photos
    88 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 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
    Camper-submitted photo from St. Petersburg-Madeira Beach KOA

    5.

    St. Petersburg-Madeira Beach KOA

    25 Reviews
    86 Photos
    191 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
    Camper-submitted photo from Mary’s Fish Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Mary’s Fish Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Mary’s Fish Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Mary’s Fish Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Mary’s Fish Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Mary’s Fish Camp

    6.

    Mary’s Fish Camp

    11 Reviews
    33 Photos
    122 Saves
    Weeki Wachee, Florida

    Welcome to Mary’s Fish Camp in Florida! This spot is a hidden gem for those who love a laid-back, old Florida vibe. Nestled near the Mud River, don’t let the name fool you—this spring-fed tidal tributary is almost crystal clear and teeming with wildlife. You might spot dolphins, manatees, and a variety of aquatic birds while you’re here.

    Fishing is a big draw at Mary’s Fish Camp. The long dock is perfect for casting a line, and locals often chum the water with oatmeal, making it easy to catch mullet without fancy lures. If you’re after snook, bring fresh bait since the camp store mainly stocks frozen options. Kayak rentals are available, and the creek connects to the Weeki Wachee River, offering some fantastic paddling opportunities.

    The campground offers a mix of tent, RV, and cabin accommodations. Tent sites are primitive but conveniently close to the fishing areas, bait shop, and bathrooms. RV campers will find electric hookups and water, though there’s no sewer connection or nearby dump station. The cabins are basic but come with a screened porch, mini fridge, and microwave.

    Amenities include hot showers, toilets, and a small market for essentials. Pets are welcome, and there’s a picnic table at each site. While the campground lacks some modern conveniences, its charm lies in its simplicity and the natural beauty surrounding it.

    Visitors have praised the friendly staff and the relaxed atmosphere. Whether you’re here for the fishing, kayaking, or just to unwind by the water, Mary’s Fish Camp offers a unique and memorable experience.

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

    $35 - $175 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Anclote Key Preserve State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Anclote Key Preserve State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Anclote Key Preserve State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Anclote Key Preserve State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Anclote Key Preserve State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Anclote Key Preserve State Park Campground

    7.

    Anclote Key Preserve State Park Campground

    6 Reviews
    55 Photos
    196 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 Serenova Tract Campsites
    Camper-submitted photo from Serenova Tract Campsites
    Camper-submitted photo from Serenova Tract Campsites
    Camper-submitted photo from Serenova Tract Campsites
    Camper-submitted photo from Serenova Tract Campsites
    Camper-submitted photo from Serenova Tract Campsites

    8.

    Serenova Tract Campsites

    7 Reviews
    28 Photos
    113 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
    Camper-submitted photo from Clearwater-Lake Tarpon KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Clearwater-Lake Tarpon KOA

    9.

    Clearwater-Lake Tarpon KOA

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

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Colt Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Colt Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Colt Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Colt Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Colt Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Colt Creek State Park Campground

    10.

    Colt Creek State Park Campground

    28 Reviews
    118 Photos
    185 Saves
    Zephyrhills, Florida

    Welcome to Colt Creek State Park Campground, nestled near Lakeland, Florida. This place is a real treat for anyone looking to escape into nature. The campground is known for its peaceful and spacious sites, perfect for both tent and RV camping. Whether you're pulling in with a big rig or setting up a tent, you'll find the sites accommodating and well-maintained.

    One of the standout features here is the abundance of wildlife. Visitors often spot various animals, making it a great spot for nature lovers. The park offers plenty of opportunities for walking, biking, and hiking, with numerous trails weaving through the scenic landscape. If you're into birdwatching, bring your binoculars—there's a good chance you'll see some interesting species around the lake and trails.

    The amenities are top-notch, with clean restrooms and showers, and even laundry facilities available for $1.50 per load. Firewood is available for purchase, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire in the evenings. Pets are welcome too, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    Campers have praised the friendly and helpful staff, including the camp hosts and rangers, who go out of their way to ensure a pleasant stay. The park's serene environment and well-kept facilities make it a favorite for many who visit.

    So, pack your gear and head over to Colt Creek State Park Campground for a relaxing and enjoyable outdoor experience. Whether you're here for a weekend getaway or an extended stay, you'll find plenty to keep you entertained and comfortable.

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

    $24 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Port Richey, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, Port Richey, FL offers a wide range of camping options, with 231 campgrounds and RV parks near Port Richey, FL and 3 free dispersed camping spots.

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

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

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

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 3 free dispersed camping spots near Port Richey, FL.

What parks are near Port Richey, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 2 parks near Port Richey, FL that allow camping, notably Ocala National Forest and Osceola National Forest.