Home | Site Map | Articles | About Me/Contact Me | Privacy

 

 
powered by FreeFind

 

North Florida Campgrounds

The North Florida campgrounds are wonderfully diverse. You'll see a lot of campgrounds surrounding natural springs, and there's a good reason -- the springs are awesome! But you'll also find oceanfront campgrounds, riverside sites and an unusual prairie campground.

Some of the North Florida parks and campgrounds are "out in the boondocks" and some are close to good-sized cities.

North Florida campgrounds have definite seasons. Summers are busy, with sites filling up quickly. Spring and Fall weekends also tend to get their fair share of campers, especially on holiday weekends. Winters are generally quieter, but still enjoyable (if for nothing but the solitude).

North Florida camping weather can be a little extreme at times. Summers can find you hovering near 100 degrees Fahrenheit with 100% humidity. Winters can find you down in the 20's with chattering teeth. Spring and Fall are glorious times, with fewer insects and more temperate weather. Plan to dress in layers, especially from late October through March. Oh, and in Summer, do not forget the insect repellant! Trust me on this one -- the insects can drive you crazy without repellant.

Tent campers -- The interior parts of North Florida are thunderstorm and lightening-prone in the Summer. This means that it's not the best camping for you. Think about reserving a cabin if you have your heart set on Summer, or decide on a different time of year.

Reservations for most North Florida campgrounds can be made through Reserve America through their website or by calling (800) 326-3521. You'll see links in the Reservation section for each park if Reserve America will book for you. Otherwise, call the phone number listed for the campground for more information.

Most campsites are accessible by small to medium RVs and pop-ups. If you have a really big RV (you know who you are), check with the individual campgrounds to verify that they can accommodate you.

One final note: if you need to pick up some camping supplies before you head on out for your adventure, check out Basspro.com. Don't let the name fool you -- they are not just fishing, but have tons of camping, clothes and hunting goods too! (My husband likes them so much he asks for gift certificates every year for his birthday.)

So, what are the campgrounds in North Florida? Here they are, in alphabetical order:

  • Alexander Springs Recreation Area (Ocala National Forest)
    • Number of Sites: 50, none with electricity
    • Cabins: None
    • Rates: $18.87 per night. This is a federal campground, so a $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation.
    • Notes: Alexander Springs is inside the Ocala National Forest, close to Ocala and Silver Springs. Amenities include restrooms, grills, hot showers, picnic areas, fishing, hiking trails, canoe rentals, swimming and a dump station. If you are a certified diver, add scuba diving in the springs to the list.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

  • Anastasia State Park
    • Number of Sites: 136
    • Cabins: None
    • Rates: $23 per night. All sites have electricity and water.
    • Notes: Located near St. Augustine, you are near lots of attractions. This is a beachfront park, and the campgrounds in the park reflect that, with names like Coquina, Sea Bean and Sand Dollar. Amenities include restrooms, grills, hot showers, picnic areas, fishing, boating, hiking trails, swimming, beachcombing, snack bar, canoe rentals, bike rentals and a dump station.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

  • Fanning Springs State Park
    • Number of Sites: 5, all cabins
    • Cabins: 5 Cabins which sleep 6 each. Electricity and air conditioning included.
    • Rates: $90 per night
    • Notes: Located on the famous Suwannee River near the Gulf of Mexico this is a secluded campground. As of November 2005, the cabins are brand new. Amenities include restrooms, grills, picnic areas, play area, swimming, snorkeling, canoe rentals and boardwalk trail. For more information about the park and services click here.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

  • Faver-Dykes State Park
    • Number of Sites: 30
    • Cabins: None
    • Rates: $14 per night. All campsites have electricity and water.
    • Notes: Faver-Dykes is located about 15 miles south of St. Augustine, which has plenty to see and do. Amenities include restrooms, grills, hot showers, picnic areas, fishing, boating, hiking trails, swimming, snack bar, canoe rentals and a dump station.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

  • Fort Clinch State Park
    • Number of Sites: 62 regular plus 4 youth sites
    • Cabins: None
    • Rates: $22 per night. All sites except youth have electricity and water.
    • Notes: Fort Clinch is located near Jacksonville, the largest city in North Florida. Amenities include restrooms, grills, hot showers, picnic areas, playground, fishing, hiking trails, biking trails, swimming, small store, gift house, vending machines and a dump station.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

  • Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area
    • Number of Sites: 34
    • Cabins: None
    • Rates: $23 per night. All sites come with water and electric. Oceanfront sites are available.
    • Notes: Gamble Rogers is between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. Amenities include restrooms, grills, hot showers, picnic areas, fishing, canoeing, boat ramp, hiking trails, biking trails, swimming, snorkeling and a dump station.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

  • Juniper Springs Recreational Area (Ocala National Forest)
    • Number of Sites: 79
    • Cabins: None
    • Rates: $18.45 per night. This is a federal campground, so a $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation.
    • Notes: Located near Ocala and Silver Springs. Amenities include restrooms, grills, hot showers, picnic areas, fishing, canoeing, canoe rental, hiking trails, swimming, laundry facilities and a dump station.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

  • Little Talbot Island State Park
    • Number of Sites: 40. Some sites are tent only.
    • Cabins: None
    • Rates: $19 per night. All sites have water and electricity.
    • Notes: Located near Jacksonville. Amenities include restrooms, grills, hot showers, picnic areas, fishing, canoe rentals, canoeing, hiking trails, bike rentals, biking trails, swimming, small medical facility and a dump station.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

  • Manatee Springs State Park
    • Number of Sites: 100. Some sites are tent only.
    • Cabins: None
    • Rates: $19 per night. All sites have water and electricity.
    • Notes: Located on the Nature Coast area of Florida - no large cities nearby. Amenities include restrooms, grills, hot showers, picnic areas, fishing, canoe rentals, canoeing, hiking trails, biking, swimming, snorkeling, snack bar, vending machines and a dump station. Primitive youth camping is also available.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

  • Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
    • Number of Sites: 74
    • Cabins: Yes, 16
    • Rates: Campsites are $16 per night. Not all have water and/or electricity. Cabins are $55 per night for 4-person cabin with air conditioning. Cabins for 6 people range from $65 to $90 per night with air conditioning.
    • Notes: Located near Gainesville. Amenities include restrooms, grills, hot showers, picnic areas, fishing, canoe rentals, canoeing, hiking trails, biking, playground and a dump station. Nine of the cabins have fireplaces. Primitive youth camping is also available.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

  • O'Leno State Park
    • Number of Sites: 61, some are tent only
    • Cabins: None
    • Rates: $15 per night. All sites have water and electricity.
    • Notes: Located near Gainesville. Amenities include restrooms, grills, hot showers, picnic areas, fishing, canoe rentals, canoeing, hiking trails, bike rentals, biking trails, swimming, playground, museum and a dump station.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

  • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
    • Number of Sites: 50
    • Cabins: None
    • Rates: $15 per night. All sites have water and electricity.
    • Notes: Located near Gainesville. Amenities include restrooms, grills, hot showers, picnic areas, canoeing, hiking trails, bike trails, overnight backpacking and a dump station.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

  • Rainbow Springs State Park
    • Number of Sites: 105
    • Cabins: None
    • Rates: $19 per night. All sites have electricity and water.
    • Notes: Located on the Nature Coast area of Florida - no large cities nearby. Amenities include restrooms, grills, hot showers, picnic areas, fishing, canoe rentals, canoeing, hiking trails, biking, swimming, snorkeling, snack bar, vending machines and a dump station.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

  • Salt Springs Recreation Area (Ocala National Forest)
    • Number of Sites: 160, some sites are tent only.
    • Cabins: None
    • Rates: $14 per night. This is a federal campground, so a $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Tent sites do not have water or electricity.
    • Notes: Located near Ocala and Silver Springs. Amenities include restrooms, grills, showers, picnic areas, fishing, canoeing, hiking trails, swimming and a dump station.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

  • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
    • Number of Sites: 45
    • Cabins: Yes, 5
    • Rates: Cabins are $90 per night and sleep 6 each. They include water, sewer, electricity and air conditioning. Campsites are $16 and include water and electricity.
    • Notes: Located near White City, a small town. Amenities include restrooms, grills, hot showers, picnic areas, fishing, hiking trails, biking, laundry room, snack bar, vending machines and a dump station.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

  • Suwannee River State Park
    • Number of Sites: 30
    • Cabins: Yes, 5
    • Rates: Cabins are $90 per night and sleep 6 each. They include water, sewer, electricity and air conditioning. Campsites are $15 and include water and electricity.
    • Notes: Located near Live Oak. Amenities include restrooms, grills, hot showers, picnic areas, fishing, canoeing, hiking trails, laundry room, playground, vending machines and a dump station.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

  • Tomoka State Park
    • Number of Sites: 100
    • Cabins: None
    • Rates: $20 per night. All sites include water and electricity.
    • Notes: Located near Daytona Beach. Amenities include restrooms, grills, hot showers, picnic areas, fishing, canoe rentals, canoeing, hiking trails, bike rentals, bike trails, playground, vending machines and a dump station.
    • Reservations: Reserve America handles all reservations

Top of North Florida Campgrounds page

Florida Camping page

Florida Outdoors page

 

©Copyright Great Florida Vacations 2013.  All Rights Reserved.