We enjoyed this place so much. There was so much wildlife and it was very peaceful. The deer literally walked up into our site while we were cooking and hanging out. We saw several different deer walking to the restrooms and throughout our stay. We saw a tortoise, hawk, several other bird species and a turkey. Lots of caterpillars and butterflies also. Our site was number 59 and it was pretty private for the most part but did help that no one was staying to our left. We didn’t get to experience the springs because they had an incident which caused them to close the springs and the FWC was there taking care of things. The bathrooms were clean and easy to access with paved walkways. The trails were nice but lots of caterpillars at this time hanging off the trees. The bathrooms in the day use area were closed for reno but they had temporary ones set up next to the building. They also have a concession stand with food/snacks and a few store items like bug spray, sunscreen, mask/snorkels etc.
This campground is in a good location near all the the things in the St. Petersburg area however it’s super crowded with most people staying long term. It was our first time staying at a campground like this and although it might be great for some people, this was not our vibe. Sites are smashed together and no privacy. Some sites back up to the mangroves which is nice but that’s about it. It was so busy and active it was somewhat stressful.
Beautiful park makes you feel like you are in the middle of the forest. Nice hiking trails with one along the River that includes a suspension bridge. We stayed at the Magnolia loop site #31. It was nice and we had no neighbors to our left as it was the trail to the youth camping sites. Very peaceful and quiet campground. The roads are very narrow and I was impressed watching some of the big rigs navigate through. Lots of picnic and day area space. We saw a large family of deer while walking our dogs but weren’t quick enough for a photo. Saw lots of birds including finches, red hawk, and an owl. Great spot full of wildlife. Would definitely come back.
This state park is real quiet and peaceful. It is spread out with two separate campground loops and cabins available also. The staff and other campers were friendly and helpful. We came in after dark and were having a hard time backing into our site and a nearby neighbor came over and assisted us. Great spot to see wildlife I’m sure but we only saw some birds and squirrels. The trails were nice and well marked. We didn’t use the restroom facilities so can’t speak on those. The sites were pretty nice size but some seemed real close to each other. Most sites had some shade. We stayed in the sandhill loop site 12. It looked like the upper site numbers on this loop had more shade. Overall we enjoyed our night and morning hike with the dogs.
We stayed in the back loop of the campground site #83. It was nice as there were only 3 other sites occupied on the loop. It faced the woods and we could hear an owl off in the distance and saw several different species of birds and tons of squirrels. The campground really makes you feel like you’re in the forest along some areas are not private at all. Nice campground and the bathrooms were clean. The staff came by to verify our reservations even before I could get set up as I hadn’t placed my tag on the site post. They also came by and removed our tag before we had even packed up the following morning which I felt was kinda extra. We did the falls trail and it was beautiful. Part of the trail is along the river and the rest is further in the forest. Lots of cool rocks to hike over. The trail was marked but somewhat unclear at times as you could go both ways. Definitely a great place to check out. There’s an old power plant building and plenty of day use areas and fishing.
We stayed in a pull thru site #109 on the lake. It was a nice site but everyone was kinda close and there wasn’t much privacy at all. Plus side it had 30 and 50 amp hookup along with electric and sewage. The park was well kept and the park ranger was super nice as we locked ourselves out on our first night before we even set up. He came by made sure we were good and had warm clothes/water while we waited on the locksmith. As far as hiking goes there are so many trails along Pine Mountain. We did the Cascade Falls which was 2.9 one way. The trail was well marked and had some ridge hiking along with several creeks and of course the falls which were well worth it. There was a gas station with a country store that had everything you would need for last minute camping supplies etc. Definitely plan to come back when the trees are full again as everything was somewhat bare due to it being winter months.
One of the coolest places I’ve seen in a while. It’s so awesome to be able to walk around with wild horses, see beautiful ruins, and also have access to a beach full of shells. The ruins are of a huge mansion with gorgeous views of the salt marshes and inlets. There are beautiful canopy trails through the oak tees and palmetto palms. Lots of wildlife and just so much to see and do. Bike rentals are available. They have several different camping options and although there are bathrooms with cold showers and some potable water access, some water access you must bring your own filter. The closest camping is sea camp and it has bathrooms and showers really close. There are no stores or vending machines, but the park is active during the day with park rangers and day use guests. Only bummer is there are no dogs allowed and you have to take the ferry to reach the island. Hands down a great trip!
This is a place you most definitely have to make a stop for. The views from the top trails are amazing! We didn’t get to go to the suspension bridge or gorge floor as we had our dogs and the floor was closed but still worth seeing. We hiked most of the upper trails and they were all well kept, easy, and had breath taking views. Don’t see a lot of places like this in the south region. Definitely a gem.
This was a beautiful hike and falls. It was steep and somewhat rugged at times but well worth it. You can camp on first come first serve but there are no facilities and it’s hike in hike out. So glad we came across this one!
The property is well maintained and beautiful with waterfalls, streams, and a lodge. They have cabins, rv sites, and separate adulting tent camping. We stayed at the adult tent site 74 which is really close to one of the waterfalls. Site 72 is the closest on the side we stayed on but our site had great access to the water and was a little more secluded. The is a spot in front of the waterfall that is public space and we didn’t want people walking up to view the waterfall basically next to our site as the sites are very close together. There is another beautiful sit on the other side that I would say is best for y’all he waterfall. I checked out the other sites as we were the only tent campers as it was during the week. Site 82 is the most private still on the the water and like a little forest dream site. The facilities were nice and well kept however, there was no potable water or restrooms close to the tent camping. The lady that checked us in (not sure if manager or owner) but she was somewhat spastic and forgetful which was not pleasant but was overall friendly. Locations is super close to High Shoals Falls which was a great hike and beautiful as well as close to Helen, Georgia, and Unicoi State Park.
The park was great and we saw lots of wildlife including, alligators, raccoon, deer, snakes, and an owl. There’s nothing around and the closest store is about 20 miles. Only con is with it being around a lot of wetlands, the bugs were not fun.
Haven’t had the chance to camp here yet but love taking the dogs to the dog beach while we are in the area. There’s an old fort and tons of areas to walk or bike. The water is super clear with lots of wildlife and nice shells.
We really enjoyed this park. We camped at a tent only site which was private as there weren’t many tent campers while we were there during the week. Stayed at site 31 which is probably the furthest walk from parking but the most private. We saw wild bison, wild turkeys, deer, snakes, and several different species of birds. Disappointed we didn’t see any wild horses but will most definitely be back. Beautiful part of Florida.
One of the nicest campsites I’ve camped at. We choose the walk in as the parking was still really close but there are only two of these sites. The creek runs right next to them and it was so peaceful and beautiful. The trails along the lake were nice and the dogs enjoyed it.
Nice spot with lots to do including one of the best surfing locations in the area. Nice beach and lake access also. Campsites are not very private though.