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FLORIDA CAMPING

Florida has a 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.


OUR GOAL IS TO INFORM YOU OF EVERY FLORIDA CAMPING LOCATION WE KNOW ABOUT


FLORIDA STATE PARKS

Our first 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.

Learn more about Florida State Parks.


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.

Learn more about Local and County Parks.


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.


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.


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.


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

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.

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. 

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
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

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