We stayed in one of the tent-only, walk-in sites. This was our first (and so far, only) walk-in tent camping experience as a family. I gotta say - there were challenges. They weren't unexpected, but still… It should go without saying but nothing here is flat. And after heavy rains some of the trails are not in the best of shape, quite rutted and muddy. So lugging a ton of gear up into the woods was a challenge. It was only 50ish yards, but it was not an easy 50ish yards. So setup and tear down was not the most fun part of the trip. Next time we'll pack lighter for this sort of camping.
However, with that out of the way, we had zero other complaints about our time here. Once we got to our site, it was awesome. The pad was in great shape, flat, clean and plenty large enough for our 9-person tent and all our gear. Other campsites could barely be seen through the woods so it felt very private and secluded. The bathhouse was good, clean and in good shape. And the setting was amazing.
While here we also hiked a few trails. The Tennessee Rock trail seems to be the most popular, but let me warn you -- it was NOT as easy as we expected. My youngest kid and my wife turned around and went back. I and my older kids, along with the dog, completed the hike, but it was challenging. Its narrow and very slippery in spots, with more elevation changes than you expect. I mean its not the sort of hike you need to prepare for and pack for the day, but at least have proper footwear and some water with you. And to be honest, if you're going for the mountain views, skip it. The best views in the whole park, by far, are accessible from the roadside, especially at the visitor's center.
Overall though, we thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful park and will definitely camp here again!
We're not very experienced campers yet, but I can't imagine finding a much better spot than this! The campsites were clean and well maintained, but maybe a bit close together. Not a ton of privacy here. The facilities were a bit dated maybe, but also clean and fully functional. But the best part is obviously the location. Proximity to the beautiful beach is obviously a big reason to camp here, and it definitely delivers. But the close access to beautiful, historic St Augustine was better than I expected, plenty of things to see and do. We camped here on the recommendation of some experienced camping friends and they nailed it, so now I'm recommending it to you! We will definitely camp here again!
One word of warning -- Racoons! HUGE Racoon population in this park. They'll get in your trash, so don't leave any unattended. They'll get into your cooler if it doesn't have very strong latches. They are going to come at night and forage for leftovers, so put everything away including your trash!