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Camping near Jacksonville, Florida, is a truly unique experience. Wake up among Spanish Moss-strewn live oaks with wild horses cavorting nearby on Cumberland Island. Or, head down the coast to check out historic forts near St. Augustine, the oldest town in America.

Whether you’re fishing a saltwater river or admiring the Intercoastal Waterway, you will make some unforgettable memories at these stunning campsites.

1. Anastasia State Park

kids on the beach

Image from The Dyrt camper Ashley B.

An hour’s drive from Jacksonville, Anastasia State Park is located in the oldest town in Florida – St. Augustine. This campground has two loops and is right on the beach. Even though there’s lots of sun and sky, the underbrush and vegetation give you privacy from your neighbors as well as shade.





There are no full hookups at this spot, but there are multiple places to hang your hammock. Explore the tidal pools behind the dunes or enjoy endless fun on the shore.

“Very private campsites, water, and electric hookups walk to the beach, quiet and friendly and not a thing to complain about.”Laura M.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $21-40
  • Number of sites: 139
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

2. Fort Clinch

man set-up at campsite with trailer

Image from The Dyrt camper Janet H.

Just 55 miles away from Jacksonville is Fort Clinch, a campground that expertly combines history and outdoor recreation. With a 4 to 5 mile biking and hiking trail and the fort a short distance away, you will never be at a loss for something to do.

All the sites are mostly full sun, so it’s worth bringing a canopy if you have one. There’s a river backing the campground’s two loops – one loop is next to the bathhouse and the other, by the river, has more shade. RV sites are back-in, and the canopy may brush the top of your vehicle, but there’s ample room.

“We stayed at a tent site near the beach. The bathrooms were nearby and very clean. The campsite included a fire pit, picnic table, and potable water.”Sarah

Campground Details:

  • Price: $21-40
  • Number of sites: 61
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

3. Crooked River

sunset on a river

Image from The Dyrt camper Jan P.

Crooked River lies 43 miles north of Jacksonville across the state line in Georgia. It sits on the shores of the winding East River and a stone’s throw from the ocean. Sling a hammock between two palmettos and watch the clouds dance across the sky for the rest of the afternoon.

There are two loops at Crooked River – Loop one has full hookups without sewer, and Loop two has full hookups with sewer.

“One of the best Georgia State Parks we have camped in. Very well-maintained, clean restrooms, friendly and helpful staff, and the peace and quiet we were looking for.”Scott B.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $21-40
  • Number of sites: 72
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

4. Kathryn Abby Hanna Park

tree over picnic bench near body of water

Image from The Dyrt camper L. O.

With freshwater and saltwater fishing and tons for kids and outdoor adventurers to do, Kathryn Abby Hanna Park is a must-see on anybody’s tour list. Located 17 miles east of Jacksonville, most of the campground is a mature hammock, unusual for the more developed areas of Florida’s coast. This is a large campsite with all the amenities you could want for both tent and RV camping, including full hookups with sewer.

“This park has it all! Great beaches, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, camping, and the list goes on.”Justin Z.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $21-40
  • Number of sites: 293
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

5. Little Talbot Island

several mossy trees over a campsite

Image from The Dyrt camper Jnjewlz

Find shark’s teeth or shells on the beach, or do some surfcasting with your toes in the water. The beaches on Little Talbot Island are some of the most beautiful in Florida.

This is a small campground with the beach right across the road and a river adjacent to the campground. Scrubby dunes separate sites, and there are no full sewer hookups.

“Campground sits in an oak hammock on Myrtle Creek salt marsh directly across A1A from the ranger station and one of the most pristine beaches in Florida.”Timothy B.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $21-40
  • Number of sites: 40
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

6. North Beach Camp Resort Campground

fishing dock at sunset

Image from The Dyrt camper Niles C.

Juxtaposed between the saltwater North River and the Atlantic Ocean lies this gem of a campground. Only 4.5 miles away from St. Augustine and only 24 from Jacksonville, this is the campground for those that are in-the-know.

Fires are allowed at North Beach Camp Resort, but you have to bring in your firewood. The sites that are closer to the beach are spaced farther apart, have fewer bugs, and are shadier.

“This campground meets all the requirements for a tropical camping vacation with plenty of room to explore. Private palmetto and tree-lined sites offer plenty of shade.”Madison C.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $41-70
  • Number of sites: 160
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

7. Sea Camp Campground

shaded campsite with outdoor chairs

Image from The Dyrt camper Adela D.

Located on the Cumberland Island National Seashore, Sea Camp Campground is the only campground on the island with potable water; if you camp close by, treat your water. With wild horses and crumbling mansions, this campground is like no other in the area.

A 45-minute drive from Jacksonville brings you to the ferry landing, and a 45-minute ferry ride brings you to this fantastic natural area. Permits are required, reservations are highly recommended, and there are no cars on the island, so be prepared to tote all your stuff. A bicycle and trailer would make the ½-mile walk to the campground easier.

“What a truly unique gem of a place! Wild horses running on the beach (and all over the island).”Kelly M.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $4-16
  • Number of sites: 18
  • RV sites: No
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: No

 

With oak hammocks, wild horses, and gorgeous sunsets, the Jacksonville, Florida area is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. These campgrounds only scratch the surface of the options available near Jacksonville. For hundreds more, check out The Dyrt’s full list of the best camping in Jacksonville, Florida.

 


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