Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Stayed 2 nights in 35 foot RV+tow car at$31/night. We really wanted to like this park more than we did as it has great hiking trails, gorgeous natural setting, deer running around everywhere. But there seems to be a chronic flooding issue(not surprising for the location of course). All around our campsite was very flooded. And we saw other sites were the actual site had a few inches of standing water on it. Many of the hiking trails we could not do because of flooding. Even came back days later to try to hike after no rain and some parts were still flooded and very muddy. Staff at gate very friendly and helpful.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Stayed 2 nights in 35 foot RV+tow car at$22/night. The road in is very rough and rugged, but was completely manageable if you just go slowly (and weave a bit to avoid the huge holes). Hard to do a fair overall review as we had tornado warnings and severe thunderstorms with buckets of rain most of the time. Our fire pit was under water. But the weather cleared somewhat on the last day, great hiking trails, some along the water, but of course very muddy from the storm. Fabulous birding including bald eagle nests. Bathrooms clean. Sites very close together with no privacy.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Stayed 3 nights in 35 foot RV+tow car at$29/night. This stop was not ever part of our plan but when the winter weather forecast for TX came in we decided to extend our Florida stay before heading west as planned. We absolutely LOVED this campground and wish we could have stayed longer. There aren’t many trails, but the ones that are there are miles long in a gorgeous setting. Even saw a Great Horned Owl one evening. And of course the (empty) beach truly is a“forgotten coast” that was lovely. Had gloomy cold rainy weather almost the entire time while there but that could not put a damper on how much we loved it.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Stayed 13 nights in 35 foot RV+tow car in 3 different sites at$35/night. We did not intend to stay this long but when the winter weather forecast for TX came in we were more than happy to hit the brakes here for longer. Lovely natural setting but with all of the craziness/amenities of Destin right out of the gate. It was nice to have such close access to groceries, coffee, Target, etc but then leave it all behind when driving through the park entrance gate. Easy walk on the boardwalk across the dunes to the gorgeous sugar sand beach which was a daily activity. Really enjoyed the nature walk as well. Bathrooms were so clean. Did day trips to two of the other nearby state parks which were an easy drive.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Stayed 2 nights in 35 foot RV+tow car in 2 different sites at$27/night. This campground was alright, nothing wrong with it, just nothing too exciting. Waterfall wasn’t very exciting either. The hiking trails were small but very nice, great for walking the dog. Two nights here was plenty.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Stayed 6 nights in 35 foot RV+tow car in 2 different sites at$24/night. About par for the course for ACE campground: quiet, peaceful, on a lake. Not much to do in the park, and not really a whole lot in the surrounding area. Got caught up on laundry and just did a lot of relaxing. Lots of good bird watching, a few alligators seen as well. Road is very steep from the entrance into the park, but manageable. Based on other reviews about that steep section, we unhooked ahead of time. Camp hosts were so incredibly friendly and really helped us out with mail delivery.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Stayed 2 nights in 35 foot RV+tow car in site#14 at$23/night. At the time, this was our cheapest per night stay and one of our absolute favorites. New small state park. There is a long dirt road to get in but was very manageable. Same with the sites(sand) which made us a bit nervous looking at it that we would get stuck, but no issues. Did have some issues trying to level. The springs were gorgeous to look at and we even took a swim. You can rent kayaks as well. Not extensive, but very nice hiking paths through the forest. Could hear owls occasionally although never saw one. The sites were close and in“corrals” but something about it made it feel nicer. Can’t explain it. Just great feel to this park. The tent area was also very nicely laid out. Highly recommend!
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Stayed 3 nights in 35 foot RV+tow car in site#121 at$27/night. This was the weirdest campground set up we have stayed at in our six months. Everyone right on top of each other, awkward roads within the sites. I tried to count how many campers in my line of sight from the front window once parked and quickly lost count. Essentially, you can see everyone all crammed into the same small space. Absolutely zero privacy. Tailgating everywhere one night for a local football game well into the evening. However, LOVED the actual state park. Incredible hiking, biking, boardwalk hikes. Great dog walking trail right from the campground. So although not keen on the campground(at all) it was still worth it to have access to the rest of the park for day use. People at the gate also very friendly and helpful. In summary, giving 3 stars for the campground, 5 stars for the actual state park.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Stayed 2 nights in 35 foot RV+tow car in 2 different sites,$36/night. The sites are tight width wise, not even able to set up our usual outdoor patio space, and very close to the next site on either site. But the vegetation is thick giving it incredible privacy for the space. So much to do within the park(hike, bike, watch bald eagles nesting, birding, gopher tortoises) and from the park (direct access to the Legacy Trail). Loved it here. Wish we had stayed longer.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Stayed 5 nights in 35 foot RV+tow car in 3 different sites. This was one of our least favorite stops so far. Essentially a circle of closely parked RV’s just off busy highway around a lake with gators(never saw any, but signs to NOT walk your dog on the lake side). So to walk your dog you have to let them wee all over your neighbors“land” which is mortifying. Limited to no cell signal. When we went to leave we were told we couldn’t use the dump station because it was full. And we couldn’t use the restrooms because they had a power outage that morning. Not sure what the connection is there, but that’s what we were told. Lots of generators running that morning. And yet it was fairly full, as the beauty is it is a great stopping point to head to southern FL and the Keys. And I suppose the clue is in the title, midway between the east and west coast of Florida. The camp hosts and people we met there were very friendly. The night star skies when not cloudy were incredible. I suppose this is one of those“It is what it is” places. Some campgrounds we love just because we love being there in the actual campground. This is not one of those, but it is a means to an end. We enjoyed the nearby Loop Road in Big Cypress.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Spent total of 6 nights in 5 different sites(they call it the Ortona shuffle). Liked all sites for different reasons. Another peaceful, clean, spread out ACE campground. A birders paradise. Also have resident gators. Long entrance road to get in which we took advantage of to run and bike. It ends at the highway though so did not bike further. Nice biking/walking path out of the back of the park near the dumpster. Easy dog walking. Friendly hosts and fellow campers. Lock system was interesting. My husband not as excited as no real hiking/biking on site, but if like me you’re happy to sit peacefully looking at nature and birdwatching this is heaven.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Spent 3 nights. Another nice, clean, safe ACE campground. Also like our other ACE experiences, not a whole lot to do within the park but relax and enjoy the water views, which is just fine by me. There is a decent mountain biking area nearby. Best dog walking area to not impose on your neighbors is out the only access road to he park to the main road. This is one of the few places out two car wouldn’t fit at our site, but parking available just across the camp road so no worries. Covered picnic table, amazing sunsets. Great way to start 2021.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Spent 4 nights. Really liked this park, but not our site. Was bordered by the camp road and the bike/walking path so often noisy with no sense of privacy. Bad mosquitoes, but to be expected. And our only site in six months that had noticeable litter- food waste, random trash, etc. On the positive side, we did have a resident armadillo who visited every night and provided hours of entertainment. The sites on the outside of the loop looking out into nature, even right across the road, looked wonderful! And honestly, we were grateful we could even get in during the holiday season with fairly late booking. Good walking/“hiking”/running trails around the park. Good for dog walking. Loved the day use area and water views. Great day trips into Sarasota and nearby beaches. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the drag racing across the street.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Spent 7 nights but in 3 different sites as over Christmas. This felt like a proper FL holiday. Easy access to the beach, great biking in the park. Lots of great coffee and places to grab food nearby with a sidewalk for biking/walking from the park.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Spent 7 nights. This is one of the oddest places we have stayed. On arrival we were thrilled. Less than 10 sites all tucked in the woods, seemed like paradise. Sites are huge and private. But the woods seemed….dead. In our week there we only saw a handful of birds and a squashed dead pygmy rattlesnake. There was something just a bit sad about it. Do have some hiking trails and short boardwalks.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Spent 8 nights. This was one of the most unexpected pleasant surprise campgrounds we have stayed at. Great hiking (gorgeous boardwalks) and biking within the park as well as lake access. The most friendly camp hosts hands down in six months. Rangers/staff in the office were great. Nice laundry facilities and firewood. Overall just a fabulous almost neighborhood feel.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Spent 7 nights. The weekend nights were so crowded with cars spilling into the camp roads, loads of large groups at each site. Felt very claustrophobic. On weekdays the park became a(lovely) ghost town. Very hilly within the campground but wide roads. Deer walking through the site. Good water views and hiking. Mountain biking a few miles down the road.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Spent 7 nights. Our second ACE campground and liked it even more than the first. Large spread out campground so could bike and hike right in and from the park. Mountain bike trails in either direction just at the park entrance. Our site like most was right on the lake, and because we were out on more of a peninsula had great sunsets.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Spent 5 nights. This was our introduction to ACE campgrounds and we were sold right away. Huge site right on the lake. So peaceful. Not a whole lot to do in the park (fine by me, happy to stare at a lake) but nice long walk to the dam, some reasonable mountain biking quick drive away.
Have waited six months into our RV life to start reviews for fair comparisons. Spent 4 nights here. Mortified to say that this was our first time here despite living in Charleston, SC for over 10 years. What a gem! Fabulous solid hiking including waterfalls and biking even around the park’s roads. Love the feel of this campground. Living in the forest. And one of the most friendly camp hosts we have encountered. Could easily have stayed here longer.