Beautiful site very close to bathrooms/showers and gorgeous views.
However, be super weary of rats and raccoons (possibly rabid). PLEASE DO NOT FEED THEM.
Starkey is an amazing spot. After having such a good time recently at campsite #9, I decided to venture back.
The site was spacious and many trees to hammock from, but the best part was the field directly in back of the site that is easily accessible. Bathroom was also directly across from site. Unfortunately, these were really the only good things about site #14.
Site #14 is practically on top of 13 and 15 giving very little privacy.
IF YOU ARE HOPING FOR PEACE AND QUIET, DO NOT GO ON A WEEKEND
I went on a Friday night, and the entire campground was PACKED. Very loud, too many tents packed into each site (2 maximum per site, saw almost 8 tents at campsite 12). Though the field behind 14 is super nice, on a Friday night, all I could hear were screaming cars blazing on Starkey blvd.
Over all, this would have been a great site to stay at had it been during the week.
Starkey’s Campground has everything you could want or need. Friendly staff, plenty of critters, and beautiful trails to walk.
Campsite #9 has so far been my most favorite spot here. It’s VERY spacious (could easily fit 5 large tents here) and the back of the site has a trail that leads directly to The McNeil Homestead. If you’re looking for a bit of a spook, I highly suggest walking this at night time.
This campsite is the only one that has a turning grill on the fire pit, so you won’t have to bring any cooking gear.
Great place to camp, especially site # 9.
Fort De Soto will forever be one of my favorite camp grounds. The beautiful weather, the critters, the terrain…all of it. Expect a nice, calming breeze rustling through the trees whisking you off to sleep. It’s totally zen.
All sites are pretty spacious, but I highly recommend riverside if you can snag one (a tad bit pricier). Note that the dog friendly site has great spots, but a little less privacy.
The best part about this spot, hands down, is the people you’ll run into there. People from all over the US travel just to spend a few nights there, and you’ll find yourself making new acquaintances every time.
The camp store just a short walk away has all the necessities you could ask for (even a snack bar a full Icecream shop!) should you forget anything, but most things are a bit pricier as to be expected. Should you need anything, I highly suggest running down to the 711 just a few miles away from the campground. They have firewood year round, and it’s 7 dollars as compared to 10 dollars a bag at the camp shop.
Be mindful of the raccoons at this campground. They are absolutely everywhere (most likely due to people feeding them in the past) and will have their hands in your cooler the moment the sun goes down. I highly suggest keeping food in your vehicle.
Little Manatee is a cool little spot out in Wimauma with close access to gas stations, restaurants, and grocery stores. If you’re looking for a family get away with easy access to those sort of things, or just looking to party with friends, then I highly recommend. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet out in nature - as I was - this may not be your jam.
Camp sites have everything you need, including power, washer/dryer/, running water, and a centrally located bathroom. The unfortunate part was just how close all camp sites are together. In the wee hours of the morning, I was woken up by a few drunk folks going on about “Qanon” conspiracies, and a giant family with very loud children. With how close everyone was, I wasn’t able to get much sleep. Ear plugs are a must.
Not many critters to see here, minus the rare tortoise here or there.
Over all, this is a nice beginners site or just a spot if you’re looking to party. The site is mostly used by folks Glamping in campers and wine drunk middle aged moms. Make sure to wear boots as the dew fall causes quite a bit of mud.