I stayed in late November of 2020 for two nights. All the sites were full during the first night and a little over half were full on the second night. The dirt road on the way to the campground was very smooth. Definitely bring everything that you need because there is nothing around for many miles. I brought my own firewood but they did have wood for sale at $7 per bundle. The night sky was pretty dark but I couldn’t see the Milky Way (there was a half moon during my stay). I must be spoiled by the night sky out west. Lots of wildlife around… deer, turkeys, gators, lots of birds and I could hear coyotes off in the distance at night. Bathrooms were very nice and cleaned daily. Parts of the hiking trails were flooded and muddy. Overall a very well maintained campground with lots of wildlife and a nice dark sky.
Stayed here for a night in November of 2020. We stayed at the Ashley campsite. It is free but had to register at watermatters.org - (Southwest Florida Water Management). They provide you with a code to unlock the gate once registered. At the campsite there were about 15 sites. Most had non-potable water. All had a picnic tables and fire ring. My site had a covered picnic table. A vault toilet was also provided and was pretty clean. The campsite was about half full when I was here and it was pretty quiet even though you can see your neighbors. You are permitted to collect fire wood as long as it has fallen from the tree. For a free campsite, I can’t complain. I would stay here again.
Positives- bathrooms were very clean. Campsite was very clean. Site had water and electric. Bathrooms were well taken care of and clean. Negatives - small sites. Can hear and see your neighbors easily. I am more of a primitive type camper and would take primitive over the amenities offered here. Nothing wrong with the site, just too many people for me
If you keep left instead of going towards the rv campground, there is a free primitive camping area that has multiple spots for camping. There was one other person camping while I stayed here. It is not a large area and privacy could be an issue if there were a lot of people camping. There was also water from a hose towards the back of the site. I stayed in early October and the weather was great. 75 as a high and upper 50’s at night. Bugs were not much of an issue either. We walked down to the river where the boat ramp is and there are also plenty of areas to explore and gather wood.
Intended to stay here as one of my stops on my way out west. It was a bit of a drive on a dirt road but the road wasn’t too bad. There were a couple of sites along the lake with picnic tables. It was July when I was there so it was pretty uncomfortable as far as temperature and it started to rain. Nobody else was there when I stayed. I just had a quick nap and was back on the road.
Well worth the time it takes to get there. About a 45 minute drive on a gravel road, nothing too crazy. Once you get to the dispersed sites you will be amazed. The views are amazing and my spot was right on the edge of the north rim. Absolutely breathtaking
Stayed here a for a few nights in July of 2020. Rain was an issue and bugs were pretty bad. Lots of sites along the road with fire pits. Very difficult to get a fire started due to how damp everything was. The road was a bit rough in spots but 4x4 isn’t necessary. I hiked down to the river where the waterfall is and that was pretty cool. Moderate difficulty on that trail.
I have stayed here multiple times and love it. Both times I drove past the telescope pads and went up the hill and slept in a tent. Only a few other campers each time I stayed. Awesome view of the stars and the Milky Way. Plenty of wood for a fire and multiple fire pits. I stayed in June of 2019 and July of 2020 and rain was a bit of an issue. I would stay here again
Stayed here after visiting bandera volcano and ice caves… about an hour away. The campground was very clean and well maintained. Fire ring, pad for a tent and a picnic bench were at each site. Bathroom was very clean. Water was also available. Awesome night sky and very quiet. Small campground with 9 sites. I didn’t visit the monument but loved the area and campsite. I would definitely stay here again.