Camping In Florida
Guide to camping in Florida: Florida is more than just sun and citrus. Florida offers some of the most beautiful, talked about campsites in the world.
Florida's climate offers excellent camping year round. Whether you're looking for a campground with all the comforts of home or a place to pitch your tent and commune with nature, you'll find it all in sunny, warm Florida.
BLACKWATER RIVER STATE RECREATION AREA
7720 Deaton Bridge Road
Holt, Florida 32564
Known as "the canoe capital of the world," the Blackwater River State Park is home to some of Florida's most pristine waters. Considered one of the purest sandbottom rivers in the world, the Blackwater River makes a gorgeous setting for any camper. White tailed deer, bobcats, turkeys, river otters, and Mississippi kites all live on the grounds. Three nature trails, guided walks, and campfire programs add to the appeal of this central Florida park. Thirty camp sites, all with electric and water hookups, are available year round. Pets with tags, with vaccination papers, and on leashes are also welcome.
CAMPING ON THE GULF HOLIDAY TRAVEL PARK
If you're traveling by RV or carrying a trailer or pop-up, you won't want to miss this popular family campground on the Gulf of Mexico in Destin, Florida. Beach front sites, beach sites, and shaded grassy sites are available, with each offering concrete pads, sewer hookups, water, and electricity. Considered to be one of the most beautiful beach areas in the world, this large, friendly campground is located midway between Pensacola and Panama City and usually has a long waiting list.
FROG CREEK CAMPGROUND
8515 Bayshore Rd
Palmetto, FL 34221
This tranquil, majestic area is nestled under a canopy of live oak trees. Sixteen tent sites are available, and there are 174 RV sites with full hookups. A recreation center, TV room, library, and partial kitchen are operational year round as well. Close to popular tourist areas such as Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, and Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier, this is a nice, centrally located place to call home that caters to those who still need a few of the comforts of civilization.
MANATEE SPRINGS STATE PARK
11650 N.W. 115 Street Chiefland, FL 32626 (352) 493-6072
Just 23 miles upstream from the Gulf of Mexico, this full featured State Park sits just off the Suwannee River in west central Florida. Hiking trails, public beaches, and canoe rentals are available year round. The most popular feature of Manatee Springs, though, is in its name: manatee viewing. There's never a shortage of exciting wildlife, including the much loved manatee. There are 86 camp sites on the grounds, all with access to water and electricity.
2500 Parkway Drive
Melbourne, FL 32935
This 391-acre park is brimming with recreational opportunities. Jogging and cycling trails wind around the park's lakes and through pine woods. Two guarded swimming lakes and three small fishing lakes appeal to the water friendly. Volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, an 18-hole golf course, archery range, nature trails, and a playground make this a multi-purpose spot, perfect for families and large groups. Eighty-eight camp sites with water and electricity are available, plus 22 rustic sites and a youth campground.
CAPE SAN BLAS CAMPING RESORT
This underdeveloped area, 20 miles west of Apalachicola, FL, offers the hearty campers a natural environment like no other. Cape San Blas is a hook of land that projects 3 miles from Florida's mainland into the Gulf of Mexico. The camping resort is located 1 1/2 miles out on the cape, and camp sites and cottages are situated amongst Florida beach scrub and a combination of palm, pine, and scrub oak trees. Sites are divided into three areas: beach, middle (with sewer and water), and wooded. Each site has a fire ring and cooking grill.
PARRAMORE'S FANTASTIC FISHCAMP
1675 S. Moon Rd.
Astor, FL 32102
This family themed camp and resort area has 72 camp sites, all with water and electric hookups. Tents, RVs, and pop-ups are all welcome. Fishing is available on the grounds, plus boat rentals, a public pool, hot showers, and a recreation center. Pets on leashes are welcome in both camping and cabin areas. Located on picturesque St. Johns River at the Ocala National Forest, this campground has been deemed "the nature lover's paradise."
KINGS KAMP RV PARK
6441 Hancock Road
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This tropical hideaway is located on the Bay side of the beautiful Florida Keys. Fifty-five RV sites sit on the Black Water Sound and offer a breathtaking wide open view of the Florida Bay. Tent sites are also available. Water activities--including ski, canoe, and boat rentals--are available on the grounds year round.
HUGH TAYLOR BIRCH STATE RECREATION AREA
3109 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
This one-of-a-kind recreation area is a camper's dream. With a large variety of wildlife, including several endangered and threatened animals and plants, this is one place you'll enjoy roughing it. This state park is open year round, offering excellent canoeing, fishing, swimming, and several nature trails. Tent sites are in abundance and are available on a first come, first serve basis.
HONTOON ISLAND STATE PARK
2309 River Ridge Road
DeLand, FL 32720
This 1650-acre island offers a bird's eye view of the island from an 80-foot observation tower. If scenery is what you look for, you can't go wrong here. Tent camping is available less than one-quarter mile from the docks, which offer some of the best fishing in all of Florida.