The sunshine state is home to renowned tourist destinations like Walt Disney World Resort and Miami, but it has some hidden wonders that are known to few.
For starters, wherever you go in Florida, you are only 61 miles away from the beach. Plus, there are 175 state parks and many campgrounds in Florida that are laden with wildlife.
In this article, I will take you to the wild side of Florida that might compel you to change your to-do list.
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List of Best Campgrounds in Florida
Flamingo Campground Florida, Everglades National Park
Hit the flamingo campground to be among the wide range of animals from more than 300 species of birds to crocs. Plus, the campground offers facilities such as hot shower, grills, and picnic tables.
The Everglades is stretched miles; one can wander in the park for days without finding the corners.
You can either camp on the ground or in your car; both are entertained in the majestic national park.
It has mangroves, sawgrass marshes, pine Flatwoods, canals, and canoeing trails. Above all, you might get to see the endangered leatherback turtle.
Myakka River State Park
It is the best spot for cycling and canoeing. Even if you are not a cyclist, there are lots of other activities going on that one finds it hard to choose among the wide options.
You can enjoy facilities like a hot shower, amphitheater, campfire, picnic tables and many more. If you are planning primitive camping, then it has got campsites for it too.
The park has three campgrounds and a total of 90 campsites, and each is supplied with electricity and bathrooms. It has around 33 miles of hiking track that is covered by palm trees, and a tea-colored stream flows with you.
Big Cypress National Preserve Park
With no touch of the metropolitan that you are planning to leave for a camping trip, this national park is a perfect place to live the life of our ancestors. No facility of electricity and water, but only vault toilets.
This wilderness is home to Florida panther and covered by tropical forest and freshwater. All the campsites can be accessed by foot, bike, or off-road vehicles.
One can go deep into the forest in the company of forest rangers.
Fort De Soto Campground
The is the one of the best campground in Florida which is supplied with basic facilities, and you can take your pet along as it is a pet-friendly campground. The beaches in the area are well maintained, and if you like hiking, then it has got seven miles of paved trail surrounded by a diversity of nature.
Plus, you can enjoy free nature trail which takes you even closer to the wilderness of FORT DE SOTO.
FORT DE SOTO beach was named as America’s top beach for 2009. Other than sharks, one can see 328 species of birds in the surroundings
Hillsborough River State Park
One of the oldest state parks of Florida, and famous for the Fort Foster—constructed in the 1830s—a war fort.
The river is perfect for rafting, canoeing, and fishing. For hikers and bikers, it has a 7 miles trail, passing through the hammock of live oaks, magnolia, and sabal palm.
The park management offers all the facilities that one can expect from a well-managed state park. Plus, within 10 miles, the park has restaurants and waterslides.
Anastasia State Park
Located at a walking distance from the unspoiled pristine white sand beaches and Coquina Quarry, a historical site. This state park is filled with 193 different bird species that hunt along the salt run.
The park has facilities like watersports, Bird watching, Foodservice, and shop and rentals. It has 139 campsites along with the beautiful maritime hammock and at a walking distance from the beach. Both RV and tents are allowed in the campgrounds, and you can enjoy amenities like a campfire, picnic tables, electricity, water, and in-ground grill.
Little Lake Bryant Primitive Camp
This Primitive Camping area is located at the Ocala National Forest. It has no facilities, but there are grocery stores in the towns nearby.
Fishing is free in Ocala National Forest, and the campsites have parking lots and boat ramps. Only tent camping is allowed on the campsites, each campsite can accommodate only thirty persons, and entry into the camp is free. It is the least penetrated campground in Florida.
Blackwater River State Park
The park is famous for the Golden-brown river that is clean like crystal, and for the most extensive contiguous longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem.
The park’s wildlife includes white-tailed deer, bobcats, turkeys, river otters, alligators, and a variety of birds. Also, it is home to the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.
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There are 30 campsites in the park that are open for tents and 35-foot RVs. It has a nice trail—surrounded by thick forest—that leads to spots for swimming and relaxing.
Situated at the privately-owned park, that offers a campground of 200 acres between dense forest, springs, and river. It is supplied with water and electricity.
It is famous for freshwater cave diving, with approximately 30,000 feet of passageways to explore. The park has both primitive campsites and other campsites that have amenities like picnic tables and grill.
Crooked River Campground
Nestled in the thick forest of hundreds of tree species is a wonderful spot to enjoy the incredible mother nature.
The Withlacoochee forest—where the campground is located—was ranked as the coolest place on the World Wildlife Funds in 1999. It has many miles of trail for hiking, bicycling, and horse riding.
As all the campsites in the campground are primitive, every campsite is supplied with water, and few have amenities like a picnic table and fire ring. The campground also allows entry on RVs.
Apart from hiking, one can enjoy fishing, boat ramping, kayaking, and canoeing in the beautiful forest.
Wrapping it up!
There are hundreds of campgrounds in Florida that are ready to take you away from the busy of life cities and nestle you in the arms of nature. Tent camping in Florida is more fun than getting drunk in Las Vegas only if you know about the best campgrounds in Florida.
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Winnie is a co-editor of the tent house. He is an adventurist, hiker and trail runner. Always eager to learn about adventure camps.