Best Camping near Seminole, FL

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Best Camping Sites Near Seminole, FL (164)

  1. 1.

    Fort De Soto Campground

    132 Reviews
    510 Photos
    1150 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 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

    2.

    St. Petersburg-Madeira Beach KOA

    25 Reviews
    86 Photos
    192 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 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
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    3.

    Hillsborough River State Park Campground

    63 Reviews
    275 Photos
    321 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

    4.

    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 Little Manatee River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Manatee River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Manatee River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Manatee River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Manatee River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Manatee River State Park Campground

    5.

    Little Manatee River State Park Campground

    24 Reviews
    118 Photos
    266 Saves
    Ruskin, Florida

    Little Manatee River State Park Campground, near Wimauma, FL, is a solid spot for those looking to enjoy nature without straying too far from civilization. This place has got it all: electric hookups, drinking water, and clean restrooms and showers. You can even bring your pets along, which is always a plus.

    The campground is pretty spacious and offers a good mix of partial shade and open areas. Some sites are paved, making them big rig friendly. If you’re into hiking, biking, or just walking around, there are plenty of trails to explore. And for those who like to stay connected, the campground has reservable sites, so you can plan your trip without any last-minute surprises.

    Visitors have mentioned the friendly staff and the clean facilities, which include new washers and dryers. The bathhouse is also a highlight, being new and well-maintained. If you’re into wildlife, you might spot turtles, rabbits, and deer during your stay.

    One thing to keep in mind is that the camp office closes at 5 PM, so plan ahead if you need ice or firewood. The park itself is pretty quiet, being a couple of miles from the main road, which adds to the peaceful atmosphere.

    Overall, Little Manatee River State Park Campground offers a great mix of convenience and natural beauty, making it a fantastic choice for a relaxing getaway.

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

    $22 / 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

    6.

    E.G. Simmons Regional Park

    19 Reviews
    64 Photos
    273 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 Shell Key Preserve
    Camper-submitted photo from Shell Key Preserve
    Camper-submitted photo from Shell Key Preserve
    Camper-submitted photo from Shell Key Preserve
    Camper-submitted photo from Shell Key Preserve
    Camper-submitted photo from Shell Key Preserve

    7.

    Shell Key Preserve

    7 Reviews
    47 Photos
    177 Saves
    Tierra Verde, Florida

    Overnight Camping the South Public Use Area Only Primitive camping is allowed only on the South Public Use area of Shell Key.

    Camping Permits Camping Permits are required for any overnight activity on Shell Key. Permits can be obtained for free from the county.

    Leave No Trace We are required to remove absolutely all trace of our camp – including food, refuse and anything that came with us on our boat.

    Campfires You must remove all trace of your campfire before you leave. This means removing (not burying) all the charred wood from the fire. Remember that you are not at a permanent campsite. You are in a nature preserve and are required to leave no trace at all.

    Portable Toilets Required The county requires all campers to bring a portable toilet for overnight activities. A simple DIY toilet can be made with a 5 gallon bucket, a trash bag and some sand. Place the trash bag in the bucket as a liner, put in a scoop of sand and use the toilet. When done, put another scoop of sand on top. Some people even bring some scented cat litter to use instead of sand.

    No Pets or Alcohol It doesn’t seem fair to leave the member of the family that would perhaps get the most joy out of island wilderness camping. However, pets are completely banned from the entire preserve including all of the aquatic boundaries. Read more about the pet ban. Alcohol is also forbidden within the preserve boundaries.

    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Manatee State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Manatee State Park Campground
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    8.

    Lake Manatee State Park Campground

    26 Reviews
    96 Photos
    148 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

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    Camper-submitted photo from MacDill AFB FamCamp
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    9.

    MacDill AFB FamCamp

    8 Reviews
    12 Photos
    88 Saves
    Gibsonton, Florida

    For Active and Retired Military only.

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Canoe Outpost Little Manatee River
    Camper-submitted photo from Canoe Outpost Little Manatee River
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    10.

    Canoe Outpost Little Manatee River

    14 Reviews
    49 Photos
    229 Saves
    Wimauma, Florida

    The Canoe Outpost Little Manatee River is a private, small, family business in operation since 1978. We offer RV and tent camping, group camping area, and cabin rentals, in a rustic setting under many oak trees on six acres on the banks of the Little Manatee River adjacent to the Little Manatee River State Park. We are also a full service canoe and kayak outfitter.

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

    $24 - $109 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Seminole, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, Seminole, FL offers a wide range of camping options, with 164 campgrounds and RV parks near Seminole, FL and 3 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Seminole, FL?

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

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Seminole, FL?

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

What parks are near Seminole, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 1 parks near Seminole, FL that allow camping, notably Ocala National Forest and Pomme De Terre Lake.