A Guide to Camping in Florida

LOCATIONS

OCALA NATIONAL FOREST

The Ocala National Forest is the second largest national forest in Florida and houses 14 full facility campgrounds (four of which are open to RVs), two cabins for rent and four "dispersed" - or primitive - campgrounds.

Activities available inside the forest include:

For more information, visit the Ocala National Forest website.

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PAYNES PRAIRIE PRESERVE STATE PARK

The Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park includes full facility, equestrian and primitive camping. This includes ranger-led campfire programs, which discuss varied wildlife and history topics, every Saturday evening from November to February. Paynes Prairie, which includes nine nature trails, is located in Micanopy, Fla., 10 miles south of Gainesville.

Activities available at Paynes Prairie include:

For more information, visit the Paynes Prairie website.

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ANASTASIA STATE PARK

Anastasia State Park is the closest you can get to camping near the ocean in Florida. Located in St. Augustine, Anastasia offers full facility campsites (RV accessible) that are within walking/bicycling distance from the beach. With its numerous water activities (lessons available for various water sports), Anastasia is a perfect camping location for the warmer months.

Activities available at Anastasia State Park include:

For more information, visit the Anastasia State Park website.

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TORREYA STATE PARK

Located in Florida's panhandle, Torreya State Park offers about 30 full facility and three primitive campsites. According to the Florida State Parks website, the park is named for an extremely rare species of Torreya tree that only grows on the bluffs along the Apalachicola River.

Torreya State Park also has a YURT (Year-round Universal Recreational Tent) available for rent that houses five people. It is a 20-foot round tent with a lockable wooden door, windows and electricity.

There are also two youth group camping areas, one houses 20 people and the other 40.

The Apalachicola River Bluffs Trail and the Weeping Ridge Trail provide plenty of miles of hiking for visitors.

For more information, visit the Torreya State Park website.

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GINNIE SPRINGS

Ginnie Springs is one of many North Florida spring locations that offers camping. There are campsites throughout the 200 wooded acres, including spots along the Sante Fe river and spring. There are 90 campsites with electricity and water hookups.

Ginnie Springs also has a three bedroom, two bathroom cottage for rent.

Known for its water activities, Ginnie Springs offers:

For the more experienced diver, Ginnie offers cave and cavern diving. Most equipment - tubes, snorkels, canoes, etc. - can be rented at the springs.

For more information, visit the Ginnie Springs website.

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