CAMPGROUNDS IN FLORIDA

Campgrounds in Florida enjoy the state's temperate climate that allows camping all year round.  We only get snow every decade or so, and even then it's very light.

The weather in summer, however, is so hot and humid only hardy souls and people lucky enough to have air conditioned RVs take advantage of the many campgrounds.

Even when it's not super hot, air conditioning is a great way to stay inside and escape the mosquitoes and gnats.


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OUR GOAL IS TO INFORM YOU OF ALL CAMPGROUNDS IN FLORIDA WE KNOW ABOUT



CAMPGROUNDS IN FLORIDA STATE PARKS

Our top choice for camping in Florida is one of the wonderful state parks.  Of these 175 parks, about 50 of them have campgrounds.  The campsites are usually carved out of the natural pine and palmetto and give you a lot more privacy than you get in most private campgrounds.

Camper and Family in Florida State ParkA Florida State Park

These sites usually have electricity, water, a picnic table, and a fire ring.  Some parks have full service RV sites.  Most of the parks have other amenities like kayaking, biking, hiking, interpretative exhibits, swimming, special events, and other fun family friendly activities.

Many of them have miles of hiking and biking trails. Some of Florida's best fishing is in the rivers, lakes, and ponds of the state parks.  Several of the parks have beautiful white sand beaches.

Florida state parks almost always have clean restrooms and showers, and most of the parks are pet friendly.  They are great places to experience the outdoors in safety and comfort, and the first places we look when we want to go camping.

Campsite at Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkCampsite at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Here Are The 50 Florida State Parks With Full Service Campgrounds

Map of Florida State Parks with Full Service CampgroundsMap of Florida State Parks with Full Service Campgrounds
  1. Alafia River State Park, Lithia
  2. Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine
  3. Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key
  4. Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola
  5. Blackwater River State Park, Holt
  6. Blue Spring State Park, Orange City
  7. Collier-Seminole State Park, Naples
  8. Curry Hammock State Park, Marathon
  9. Dr. Julian G Bruce St George Island State Park, St George Island
  10. Falling Waters State Park, Chipley
  11. Faver-Dykes State Park, St. Augustine
  12. Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna
  13. Fort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach
  14. Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville
  15. Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area, Flagler Beach
  16. Grayton Beach State Park, Santa Rosa Beach
  17. Henderson Beach State Park, Destin
  18. Highlands Hammock State Park, Sebring
  19. Hillsborough River State Park, Thonotosassa
  20. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo
  21. Jonathon Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound
  22. Kissimmee Prairie State Park, Okeechobee
  23. Koreshan State Historic Site, Estero
  24. Lake Griffin State Park, Leesburg
  25. Lake Kissimmee State Park, Lake Wales
  26. Lake Louisa State Park, Clermont
  27. Lake Manatee State Park, Bradenton
  28. Little Manatee River State Park, Wimauma
  29. Little Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville
  30. Long Key State Park, Long Key
  31. Manatee Springs State Park, Chiefland
  32. Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park, Keystone Heights
  33. Myakka River State Park, Sarasota
  34. Ochlockonee River State Park, Sopchoppy
  35. O'Leno State Park, High Springs
  36. Oscar Scherer State Park, Osprey
  37. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Micanopy
  38. Ponce de Leon Springs State Park, Ponce de Leon Springs
  39. Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon
  40. Sebastian Inlet State Park, Melbourne Beach
  41. Silver Springs State Park, Ocala
  42. St. Andrews State Park, Panama City
  43. Stephen Foster Folk Culture State Park, White Springs
  44. Suwannee River State Park, Live Oak
  45. T H Stone Memorial St Joseph Peninsula State Park, Port St Joe
  46. Three Rivers State Park, Sneads
  47. Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach
  48. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa Beach
  49. Torreya State Park, Bristol
  50. Wekiwa Springs State Park, Apopka

Reservations for campsites at these parks can only be made through contact with Reserve America.

Many of these state parks are near Florida tourist destination cities like Orlando, St. Augustine, Miami, Fort Myers, and others.

Learn more about all 175 Florida State Park, including addresses and telephone numbers here:  Florida State Parks



CAMPING CABINS IN FLORIDA STATE PARKS

Another way you can enjoy a campground - even if you don't have a tent or RV - is by staying in a Florida State Park Camping Cabin.  Many of them are relatively new. 

Most cabins can be rented for one night during the week, but your stay usually has to be extended on weekends and holidays to a two day minimum.  Other than RV camping in big motor homes or trailers, some of the best camping without any fuss is in these cabins.  

Cabins can typically accommodate either four or six visitors, and provide a nice alternative to more conventional lodging choices in nearby towns.

Here Are the 20 Florida State Parks With Camping Cabins

Map of Florida State Parks with Camping CabinsMap of Florida State Parks with Camping Cabins
  1. Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key, Florida
  2. Blue Spring State Park, Orange City, Florida
  3. Cayo Costa State Park, Boca Grande,Florida
  4. Econfina River State Park, Econfina, Florida
  5. Fanning Springs State Park, Fanning Springs, Florida
  6. Grayton Beach State Park, Santa Rosa Beach,Florida
  7. Hontoon Island State Park, Deland, Florida
  8. Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound, Florida
  9. Lafayette Blue Springs State Park, Mayo, Florida
  10. Lake Louisa State Park, Clermont, Florida
  11. Gold Head Branch State Park, Keystone Heights, Florida
  12. Myakka River State Park, Sarasota, Florida
  13. OLeno State Park, High Springs, Florida
  14. Oleta River State Park, North Miami, Florida
  15. Silver River State Park, Ocala, Florida
  16. Stephen Foster State Park, White Springs, Florida
  17. Suwannee River State Park, Live Oak, Florida
  18. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Port St. Joe, Florida
  19. Three Rivers State Park, Sneads, Florida
  20. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Reservations for camping cabins at these parks can only be made through Reserve America.



CAMPGROUNDS IN FLORIDA LOCAL AND COUNTY PARKS

Florida has 67 counties and more than 400 towns and cities.  Some of these communities have campgrounds.  Some are very basic and provide nothing more than a site with no service;  others are full service.

Campsite at Trimble Park in Orange County, Florida near TangerineTrimble Park in Orange County

Quite a few of these local and county parks are just as nice and clean as a Florida state park.  The photo above is of Trimble Park not far from Orlando and Mount Dora.

Learn more about Local and County Parks.



CAMPGROUNDS IN FLORIDA NATIONAL PARKS

There are 11 National Parks in Florida, but we know of only three that have campgrounds:  

  • Dry Tortugas National Park - Key West
  • Everglades National Park - Miami, Naples, and Homestead
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore - Gulf Breeze
Flamingo Campground in Everglades National ParkEverglades National Park Flamingo Campground

Two of these parks are on the Florida mainland and allow camping:  Everglades National Park and Gulf Islands National SeashoreDry Tortugas National Park also allows camping but is on a remote island west of Key West accessible only by boat or private plane.

Another place that allows camping is Big Cypress National Preserve west of Everglades National Park.

Learn about Big Cypress National Preserve Camping.

Learn about Dry Tortugas National Park Camping.

Learn about Everglades National Park Camping.

Learn about Gulf Islands National Seashore Camping.



CAMPGROUNDS IN FLORIDA NATIONAL FORESTS

Florida has 3 National Forests:  Apalachicola, Osceola, and Ocala.  Most of these forests have campgrounds.  The camp sites range from primitive trail hiking campgrounds to full service RV sites. 

Campsite at Alexander Springs in Ocala National ForestAlexander Springs, Ocala National Forest

Here are links to the campgrounds in the Florida National Forests.

Apalachicola National Forest Campgrounds

Ocala National Forest Campgrounds

Osceola National Forest Campgrounds

Florida National Forests in General.



CAMPGROUNDS IN FLORIDA STATE FORESTS

There are 37 state forests covering 1.1 million acres.  Camping opportunities are plentiful throughout the state with more than 80 campgrounds offering primitive to improved campsite experiences. From camping along waterways to hiking meandering trails through the forest, there is something for everyone at Florida state forests.   

Campsite at Blackwater River State ForestBlackwater River State Forest

Reserve America has a List of 92 Campgrounds in Florida State Forests.



FLORIDA PRIVATE CAMPGROUNDS

Who knows how many private campgrounds there are in Florida.  These include RV parks, some mobile home parks, fish camps, and just about any variety of ownership and level of comfort and amenities that you can imagine.

Many of these campgrounds become permanent homes for people who buy park models.  A park model is designed to be permanently affixed to the property.  These campgrounds over time become trailer parks with a percentage of sites reserved for transient campers.

RV Site at Holiday Travel Resort near Leesburg, Florida.Holiday Travel Resort, Leesburg

Some full time RV residents prefer private campgrounds because some of them have a larger amenity package.  This might include a general store, mailbox facilities, and a swimming pool.  They typically cost more than their publicly owned counterparts.

Learn more about Florida Private Campgrounds



U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CAMPGROUNDS

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for maintaining the navigable waterways of the United States, including those in Florida.  The Corp has developed and maintained many campgrounds along these routes.

The Florida campgrounds are along the Okeechobee Waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean near Stuart to the Gulf of Mexico near Fort Myers.  The campgrounds are located with one near the east end, one near the west end, and one close to the center.

Ortona Lock Campsite on the Okeechobee WaterwayOrtona Lock Campground near Moore Haven on Okeechobee Waterway

The three that we know about are:

St. Lucie South Campground in Stuart (772-287-1382)
Ortona South Campground near Moore Haven (863-675-8400)
W.P. Franklin Campground North in Alva (239-694-8770)

Learn more about Army Corps of Engineer Campgrounds in Florida



SOME OTHER FLORIDA CAMPING IDEAS

Elk and Moose Lodges, American Legion, and Others.  These fraternal organizations sometimes allow members and non-members alike to camp on their properties.  Here's one site that tells you about that: Snowbird RV Trails. 

Farms, Vineyards.  There are a few farms and vineyards in Florida that will let you camp on their property.  Here is a membership site that will tell you about them:  Harvest Hosts.

Private Homes.  There are thousands of people who will let you camp on their private property, sometimes free, other times for a modest fee.  Here is a site that lists many of them.  Hipcamp.

U.S. Military Campgrounds.  Some military bases in Florida have campgrounds or areas where camping is allowed.  These campgrounds are typically reserved for active duty or retired members of the United States armed forces.  Here is a source of info: U.S. Military Campgrounds and RV Site


Couple relaxing by fire ring with their Airstream travel trailer in backgroundCamping in Style With an Airstream


MISCELLANEOUS AND OFFBEAT CAMPING LOCATIONS

There are literally thousands of locations where one can find a free camping site for a night or two or more.  Some of these references below offer free services:  others require a modest membership fee:

Boondocking
Free Campsites
Gambling Casinos
Overnight RV Parking
Truck Stops
Walmart and Other Stores


FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS BY LOCATION
These websites list most camping locations in Florida.  You get quite a lot of information for free;  if you join you get even more:

ALLSTAYS FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS AND RV PARKS

GOOD SAM CLUB


OUR FLORIDA BACK ROADS TRAVEL CAMPING SETUP

Our own camping rig is a 2011 Timeout Deluxe camper trailer pulled by a 1998 Honda CRV.  It is a step up from my tent camping days.  It was getting to be a literal pain getting up and down and in and out from sleeping on the floor of a tent.

Mike at 6 foot 5 inches with his tiny Honda CRV and Timeout CamperMike at 6'-5" with Honda CRV and Timeout Camper

When the camper is in its folded position it measures about 43 inches wide by 66 inches long.  With the tow bar its total length is a bit less than 9 feet. 

Its towing weight is less than 400 pounds unless I load a lot of goodies in the camper instead of the Honda.

This clever little camper opens out into a 5.5'x14' foot tent with almost 7' of headroom and an air conditioner.

Tow Vehicle and Camper at Suwannee River State ParkTow Vehicle and Camper at Suwannee River State Park

The air conditioner is a 5,000 BTU window unit from Walmart.  The camper comes with a window designed for the unit to fit in with a decent canvas seal around it.  It also comes with a stand that makes it easy to support on your campsite. 

On a Memorial Day weekend with the outside temperature at a real 101 degrees, the inside of this camper was so cool I had to crank the air conditioner down a notch or two.

Interior of Timeout CamperInterior of Timeout Camper

This view is toward the queen size bunk.  The photo is taken while sitting in a chair in the "living room" of the camper.  All windows are screened.  You can also zip up a clear plastic cover that lets in light, or close them up all the way for total privacy.

One thing I really like about the camper is that it fits in my garage and leaves me room for the Honda CRV and a Toyota Corolla.


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