So close to the city you just can’t beat it. We found a cancellation for one of the group camping spots—63—(at half capacity due to Covid precautions), which was pretty delightful, if not that private. Sites 43 and 45 seem to be some of the best locations and most private while still near the bath house. Plenty of firewood to forage if they run out at the (charming, storybook) reservation cabin. Walk across the road down to the “beach” and take a dip. We’ll be back on a less crowded weekend.
Camp Taylor has a lot going for it! Nice facilities at the entrance, large fields for star gazing, and some sites are pretty spacious. Tall tress do provide some privacy but these sites are pretty close together. You will feel like you’re camping with neighbors. (Some season-long sites looked like they lived there!) Site 49 looked to be the most private, up on the hilltop. Definitely book the wolf tour—and walk there instead of taking the shuttle! Beware: their firewood did not burn well. We burned through at least 7 bundles and couldn’t ever make a warm fire. Come with some starter logs!
Come for the star gazing, stay for the community and the lovely little campsites. Fire ring and picnic table were a nice touch. Semi-level parking at site 3 for our camper van. Semi-private and shaded on the tree line. If you want closer access to the star field, you want sites 20-26. Bathrooms were toilet only with no lights. Make sure to bring your red lamps! (Or put a flashlight in a red solo cup.)
We stayed at site 11. It is not at all private but very level. The “outhouse” near these sites was simply a latrine and covered in mosquitos. However, the bathhouse a short walk away is really clean lovely. If I returned, I’d camp at sites 81-93 (rustic) because they are shaded, near the bathhouse, and lead to a trailhead. Don’t forget: You are here to see tinge majesty of the caves! And this campground is the closest you can get!
Secluded and beautiful park with excellent restroom facilities. We stayed in a lot right on the lake and hiked down a few rocks to go swimming in the lake before dinner. Cooked on the grill next to our platform. Saw max 3 or 4 people the entire time. Would definitely return. Lots of elevation in the site—be prepared to walk uphill to the toilets!
Spent one night on the road here at a RV site on the lakeside camping area (they also offer additional entrance to river side camping.) Busy but courteous neighbors. Playground, mini golf, swimming pool (closed), and pretty clean toilets. Keep that trash far—ants love it here! Nice falls trail hike in the afternoon. Well-marked trails with some fun off shoot paths. Ordered Papa Johns right to the campsite entrance!
Great little spot for sleeping over in our van after the Ocala drive-in. Owners gave us the code to lock the gates since they close them at 7:30pm. Great biking in the morning. Rented from Santos Bike Shop, which you can get to from campsite by trail.