Definitely one of the more popular destinations in the area because of the buffalo and wild horses, so this park camping and RV parking gets a lot of attention from rangers. The facilities are very clean and staff are courteous, grounds are well-kept and events (like baby alligator educational sessions) are above-par.
Not their fault (the state sets pricing) but primitive campsites are the same price as reserved ones with hookups, $18.
There is plenty of hiking in the park, but it’s also close to other inexpensive trails around Gainesville.
$10 nightly fee for a campsite with restrooms close by, honor system payment method (e.g. cash only). It’s only a few miles from Salt Springs so if you forgot a toothbrush, you’re in luck. Has fire rings and is nicely located with an entrance to one dirt trail and very easy access to others.
Perfect for a quick weekend “glamp” when it’s the hot summer season. The roads in the grounds are nicely paved and plenty of parking afforded near the springs. Staff are very friendly and the ticket building has everything you forgot and more. The camping area is open, there is no privacy in your own site, but even the sites furthest from the restrooms aren’t too far to walk, and they are clean and well-stocked.
The camping area is very small, and the folks running this section of the park tend to be very, very pedantic about the campers’ habits - e.g. you may be asked to park your vehicle at a certain angle or asked to keep quiet during daylight hours. The facilities are nicely kept, however and very clean.
There are two loops for campers, both very nice - one is near the lakes but not directly accessing the water (you’ll get more RVs in that area) and the tent camping loop backs up against the woods. Great access to water sports, the ravine hiking trails, dirt roads leading out the back entrance for motorcycles to easily access the nearby forest roads, and the amenities are spare but clean. The staff are always friendly and understanding, and other campers tend to be seasonal, return groups and families - pets are more than welcomed.
Like most KOAs, you get a wide variety of people stopping through, and will inevitably pay more than most of the smaller locations in this area that have fewer amenities. Be prepared to share elbow room, but otherwise a good, safe spot for a night.