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Big campground with lot's of waterfront sites

We have stayed here many times the last time we had site # 65 on the water with water & electric hook up & there is a dump station onsite. This is a nice campground with a beach, little island you can wade to we always see Manatees there & lots of great areas to Kayak or paddle board. They rent kayaks here. When you kayak down the channel into Tamp Bay what a great view of Tampa, St. Petersburg & the Skyway bridge.  Beautiful sunsets from the beach & boat ramp or out in the kayak. Good fishing back in the canals and Cockroach Bay is up the road good kayaking & fishing there. 

The bath house's are nice & kept very clean. There are 2 loops we like the East campground the best sites in this loop are #72 then #70. All the sites along the water on this side are nice. The bugs can be bad this time they were bad last year no problem. We had a screened room that has a no see um mesh on it & we blast a big fan in there so we do stay semi bug free. So glad we had this screened room. During the week its very quiet there yet on Fridays it packs in and Sunday it clears out again. 

There's some great day use areas, nice park

Great spot near by for a quick camping trip by the beach!

Ft Desoto is hands-down the go-to spot in my local area. The beaches are gorgeous, there are plenty of secret trails, a dog beach, general store, historic walks, boat ramps, kayak access, and much more! I tend to go to Ft De Soto as my primary beach even when I am not camping- it's that fantastic:)

Great spot near by for a quick camping trip by the beach!

Ft Desoto is hands-down the go-to spot in my local area. The beaches are gorgeous, there are plenty of secret trails, a dog beach, general store, historic walks, boat ramps, kayak access, and much more! I tend to go to Ft Desoto as my primary beach even when I am not camping- it's that fantastic:)

First to Review
Used to LOVE camping here...

Great spot where you could pull up and camp on the side of the skyway - right on the water. Unfortunately, one too many "raves" were thrown and I don't know if you can access it at night like before…

Camped here at least a handful of times, if not more, before this happened.

Best County Park in the USA

Quite possible the best county park in the USA. This park is incredibly well run and has so much to do. This is our go to place for a close to home weekend when we are lucky enough to get a reservation. If you are a visiting from Miami or out of state you won’t be disappointed if you can get in. 

What makes this park special for us is that many of the camping sites are coveted waterfront sites. The campground portion of the park is divided into three parts, one camping area that is pet friendly, one no pets and one predominantly for tents and pop ups with smaller sites. 

Another bonus of Fort DeSoto in addition to the old fort is the fishing peer, great beach, cycling path and absolutely enormous parking lots so unlike many Florida locations, especially in season, parking is never really an issue. 

Fort De Soto County Park is a very special place. We are lucky to have it so close to us.

A welcome site after a decent hike

This is a nice pleasant location with nothing around but nature. This totally primitive site can be found 12 miles out from the McNeil Trailhead near Colt Creek State Park on Hwy 471. Choose your hiking dates well, the warmer and more humid the more difficult the hike. Trails can get pretty wet in the rainy season also.

Site was clear and open, which was good because there is an abundance of ticks to be found in the brush. There are places for tents and hammocks using tree safe straps. benches, fire ring and even a picnic table. Insect repellent is a must have!

The insects and frogs put on an amazing chorus after a rain. You will need to hang food and trash at night to keep critters away. 

There are 65 miles of trails here, 37350 acres, and you really need to pay attention to the trail signs. there are separate equestrian sites in the area and separate trails as well.

A free reservation is required and must be displayed or available at campground.

Trails can also be access from 13347 Ranch Road in Dade City, Florida

Nice quiet natural site

We love backpacking and to get to this site you will hike some beautiful trails! 

Site also known as Croom PCZ East

The Croom Hiking Trail is made up of three stacked loops: A, B, and C. The thru-portion of the Florida Trail(blazed orange) follows the eastern and northern perimeter.

The  trailhead we used is  located on Croom Road adjacent to the Tucker Hill fire tower. (day use fee) Turn east onto Croom Road(Hernando CR 480) from US Highway 41, just on the north side of Brooksville. Another access to the trails is at day use area of the Silver Lake Recreation Area (where there is also car camping and RV camping opportunities)

Overnight primitive camping is permitted only within the Primitive Camp Zones(PCZ’s) designated by yellow-banded trees.  PCZ East is located north of Croom Road between Forest Road 9 and Nobleton Croom Road approximately 6 miles east from Tucker Hill.

Ticks can be bad -make sure you bring repellent, this site not far from road so in summer water can easily be cached in advance. You can hear some road traffic but it usually dies down early. Make sure to hang food/trash for safety at night.

Only cooking fires are allowed in the primitive camping zones. Bonfires are not permitted. Fires may be prohibited during times of high wildfire potential Please help keep the camp zone in its natural state. All litter must be packed out. Do not bury or burn it. Report any irregularities to the Visitor Center.

 All groups using the Withlacoochee State Forest are required to obtain a Special Use Permit from the Visitor Center. I always check for permits even when hiking alone as I would not want to encounter a large group when seeking a quiet evening. Permits are no charge, Day use area has parking fee - Permit access # is (352) 797-4100

Check in advance for open hunt season dates and restrictions related to open hunts. Use of trails is not recommended during the muzzleloading and general gun portions of the annual hunting season. Bright colored clothing is recommended when hunt seasons are open. Hunting rules and regulations for the Wildlife Management Areas are available at or the Withlacoochee Visitor Center.

One of our favorites

Sometimes I have mixed feelings about sharing secret spots as they become more and more crowded. I love this park within the State Forest. Nice sites, small and quiet with a great hiking trail and river to paddle. Staff is excellent and park is very clean. In the winter firewood is available with an honor system for payment. Nice amenity.

The only reason for not giving it 5 stars is the very reason we love it and that's because the hookups are water only and no electricity. This keeps the big rigs out and campers who want to bring their entire house with them. 

What no electricity really means to us is we can't camp at Hog Island in the Summer because what we do like on weekends is sleep we don't get during the work week. Just too hot without AC for us.

Other than that, this is a really secluded park with a great hiking trail and paddling on the Withlacoochee. Other than that, bring your own fun as it's kind of a hike to the nearest town (Brooksville or Inverness)

Amazing campground

This is a great place to camp with many great waterfront sites. We camp there a lot all year round. Sit your chair in the water & kick back, kayak, fish, short drive to the most beautiful beach. It's free to get on the beach it's included in your campsite fee.  Nice sunsets and love watching a good storm roll in off the gulf. 

Book in advance it's hard to get in this campground. Every Friday at 7 am they list 10 or 20 sites they hold back but you have to grab it quick they are gone within minutes. 

There are so many shore birds, Dolphins, Manatees especially if you Kayak or Canoe and yes there are Racoon's so don't leave anything out even in the daytime. Saw a guy setting up a tent with the back of his SUV open & guess what was in there checking out his food. 

The restrooms are nice,  2 dump stations and a little  camp store, you can rent a firepit or bring your own. A boat ramp close less than a 5 minute drive. 

Several restaurants with in a 5 minute drive, Tony and Nello's, Billy's stone crab, Island Grill, Marco's Pizza (they deliver to the campsite), and Sushi Rock maybe 10 minute drive.

Prefect for Groups that want a feel of old Florida

Private Group, Boy & Girl Scouts and Youth and Church groups camping permitted with proper reservations.

Primitive Camping for groups only unless booking private concierge camping service.

There are bathrooms but no showers, there is an outdoors kitchen and a screened pavilion. You can also visit the Pioneer Area, Gift Shop, Tatum House, Pioneer Cabin, Tatum House, Organic garden and farm animals.

The Crowley property covers 191 acres of old Florida habitats loaded with native plants, animals, insects, and birds. Numerous hiking trails take visitors through many ecosystems including piney flatwoods, oak hammocks, and along a half-mile boardwalk (currently closed for repairs) through swamp and marsh. You can view the river from the tower at the end of the boardwalk or accessed from Rice Fields Trail. The spring-fed Crowley creek meanders along the edge of the marsh and attracts otters, birds and seasonally alligators.

On the property you will enjoy goats, cracker horses, cracker cattle, pigs and other farm animals. Along with camping you can arrange a living history tour at an additional fee. They are considering offering equestrian camping as well.

This is a very special location, holding lots of history in the pioneer area where there are multiple restored buildings from the late 1800's pioneers. Anyone you meet will be happy to share that history with you. This location is very popular with local scouting groups and schools. Also you will find one of Florida's Most popular state parks just down the road. Myakka River State Park is known for it's large population of alligators and wild life. The State Park campground fills up quickly during season so group camping is popular when they are not having a wedding on the property.