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08/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
Large pull-through sites. Adults only (over 30). Great screened in pool. Cable/Direct TV was limited and went in and out but that was OK with us. Friendly owners. Lots of large live oaks. Both shaded and sunny spots. Concrete pad and picnic table in each spot. Lots of room between spots. We were only there for 2 nights. Only issue we had was no toilet paper in ladies room either day and no hand towels in men's. Showers were big and clean. We would stay here again as we enjoy biking in the area. Did seem to be a lot of full timers but all places were neatly kept.
06/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
Our site was very easy to get into and most looked to be that way. Park is now called Silver Springs State Park and you can gain access to the attraction for free as long as you have your camping info. Glass bottom boat rides are extra. We rode our bikes out of the camping area and down to the main entrance. Unfortunately there is no place to swim but there are places to put a canoe or kayak in. Some off road bike trails but you have to be careful as many of them are either swampy or too sandy to ride. Nice cracker village and museum but they were closed during our visit. Campground was pretty full but still quiet.
06/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
We found this park to be very quiet and not crowded. Maybe people were turned off by the prior review, but we loved it. We had a reservations but had not reserved any particular spot. The host was not available when we arrived so we called and were told that he was out mowing and that we could take any site that did not have a reserved sign. There were many to chose from and we drove around once just to look at them all. After one time around the host came up to us and mentioned that the best spots were in the tree lined areas on either side of the park. The middle areas had little shade and the temps were expected to be in the mid 90s. We chose a spot on the west side. Plenty of room for our 24ft TT. Nice pool with no one there on Friday. We used it several times and it was open to dusk, which we enjoyed. Paved path over to the springs which were very nice. The spring had just opened a few weeks before. (At this time of the year this area can flood due to the high waters of the Suwannee River draining into the springs.) We experienced no fire ants or gnats as prior poster had mentioned. Bathrooms very clean but very hot! Fans or vents would be a nice welcome. There were bike lanes on the road coming in and all the way to the paved Nature Coast Trail. Overall, we enjoyed our stay.
09/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
Very quiet park. We were in # 16 which was very nice and right next to the overlook so only neighbors on one side. Our satellite worked well in this site, but could be a problem in others due to the trees. We got there on a Thursday and there were only 3 other campers in the park. By the weekend there were probably about 10 others and that included the yurt and cabin. This is the first state park we've been too where you proceed to the sight. There's no check-in at the gate. The sign said to check in between 3 and 5 at the building in the center of the campground, but no one was there. Awhile later the ranger came by with the info to re-enter the campground after hours. Most of the other campers were tent campers and most people were hiking. This location is far from any groceries and gas so come prepared. Not many restaurants to chose from either, but we enjoyed our stay. The view was wonderful and even though we didn't do the tour of the house, the view from the back was great. Restrooms were very clean!
12/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
I can't think of anything bad to say about this campground. Everything was immaculate. It was too cold to go in the pool, but it looked great. Wi-Fi worked great. Clubhouse open 24 hours. Book, dvds, ping pong, large screen TV with recliners. Office staff was friendly and helpful. Bathrooms were very nice and very handicap friendly. 6 miles from Cedar Key, but that was fine with us. Quiet, which is what we like. Looks like there are some monthly spots but all of them looked well maintained. We will stay here again, but when the weather gets warmer.
08/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
Great State Park. We stayed in the older section which has smaller sites but we backed up to the lake across from the beach. We had a great time bike riding out on 30a from Grayton west one day and then east the next. Restrooms and showers were fine but much older than most of the other parks we had stayed in. They did have a newer set of restrooms in the other section. Newer section did not have a lot of areas with shade so we were happy with our choice. We did get lots of breeze and did end up turning off our a/c one day. Roads in older section had lots of potholes mainly due to all the rain that they had had. The last day we were there they were coming around and leveling the roads out and filling in some of the holes. Rangers offered us a map of the area that showed all the grocery stores as well as local shops. We even had a Starbucks less than a half mile outside the park.
08/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very small campground but nice. We had a pull through site. Campground is at the very top of a hill that looks down on the lake. Paths to the lake are very steep but worth the walk. We did not go in the water but there was a swimming area. Ranger was very helpful with suggestions on restaurants. There is a Wal-Mart very close which is convenient. We were here on a Saturday and Sunday and park still had lots of openings. We had rain on both days but on one morning we did go to the waterfall which was running. There is a sign as you come in the park that depending on the weather, it may or may not be running.
08/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
Nice campground. Very quiet. Interesting history. We didn't canoe or Kayak but most people were there for that. We did ride our mountain bikes around the area and enjoyed the history. We found the old cemetery. Restrooms were clean. Had an issue with what we thought was a wheel bearing on our travel trailer when we pulled in.Ranger gave us a card for a repairman who was out early the next morning and resolved the issue. We stayed in spot #24 which was small but we fit easily.
12/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great park. We rode our bikes on the beach at night with our lights. We stayed in the Coquina loop which we liked. Site was easy to get into. We biked over to the lighthouse and other areas near the park. Took our bikes into downtown St Augustine and rode around on Chrismas day. Park was quiet at night. Restrooms were older in our loop, but clean. WI-FI at beach pavillion, but not real strong. Grocery store (Publix) several miles south on A1A.
07/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
We enjoyed our stay here. We stayed in #32 and it was nice. I will say it's not as private as some parks. There are trees for shade but very open areas between lots. The springs were great. We enjoyed taking a dip several times throughout the day. Not much biking except for to and from the springs. We saw several trails but they all showed no biking. Restrooms were very clean. Nice small grocery store just outside the park and the prices were reasonable. We would stay here again.
07/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
We arrived early Friday afternoon. This is the first park where I have encountered a park ranger with a bit of an attitude. When we approached the gate, we slowed and then pulled over to the right hand side in the parking area just past the gate. There was no traffic in either direction but we didn't want to hold up others that might be coming through. I got out and went in to check in (we had reservations) The young female park ranger immediately scolded me for not stopping completely. I apologized and tried to explain that we slowed down and then pulled over to get out of the way but she didn't seem to want to hear. Once I gave her our name she gave me the pass for our vehicle. Never gave me directions or map of the campground layout or directions. I asked for a map of the trails and she gave me one. After this everything was great! Our site was very close to the springs (94). Right after we arrived the deer came visiting and did so at least twice a day. Site was a little uneven and tilted down towards the back. Very sandy and unfortunately we had lots of rain for both days we were there so we had lots of mud. The north trails provided a great ride on our mountain bikes. There is also a bike lane that runs from the campground east almost 6 miles to the Nature Coast Trail. Springs felt great on a hot day. Our site was next to the trail that went down to the springs and people were headed to the springs until almost 9 at night. Very quiet campground. Restrooms were a bit muddy due to all the rain, which was to be expected.
06/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Wonderful beaches that go for miles and miles and not crowded. Great biking as well and a path that goes from the entrance of the state park all the way to the other end of the island. We stayed in #19 which had almost no shade and this was a negative when the temps were in the high 90s. Most of the other sites were shaded. All park staff were very nice. Campers across from us left tiki torches burning and left. Surprising when there was a burn ban on. Host came around, saw them, knocked on their door and then put them out. Several really nice pavilions on the beach with ADA access. Loved riding the bikes on the beach at sunset. Only 1 set of rest rooms open but this didn't seem to be an issue even though park was full.
06/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Nice campground. Just wish the pool would have been open. Website said they were hoping to have it open for Memorial Day. When we arrived, ranger said it would be July 1st. Nice shaded campsites. We stayed in 27. It backed up to a trail so when we were sitting outside there was lots of traffic (bikes and walking) right in back of our rig. We took one of the bike trails on the map and accidentally found a road which lead to a county park (Dead River Park) and also another county trail called the "Old Fort King Trail". That trail was very well marked and led back to SR 301 just south of the campgrounds entrance. We did the Fort tour that the Ranger led on Saturday at 2:00. It was informative but lasted almost 2 hours and it was extremely hot. We left a suggestion that during the summer months they may want to do it earlier in the AM. Nice concession area with pizza, salad bar and other sandwiches.
05/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
We stayed in #41 which had partial shade. Nice big sites with easy access. Pool was closed but that was OK as we went down to the springs. Swimming area not big but a nice refreshing 72 degrees when it's 90+ out was great. We were there on Memorial Day weekend. Lots of tubers and family. Campground was crowded but very quiet at night (at least where we were). We biked down to the tubing entrance on Saturday and it the lot was full @ 10:30. Around sunset on Saturday my husband decided to take a bike ride down to the springs and saw a bobcat. At first he thought it was a dog as there was a woman and a small child in front of it but as he got closer, he realized it was a small bobcat. We stayed for the Saturday evening presentation by a park ranger. Very informative. Nice state park. Some spots not shaded at all though. That would be the only negative.
05/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
We stayed in #18 in the Magnolia loop. Roads in the campground are unpaved and a little bumpy. Unfortunately the swimming area was closed. Not sure why, but the river was very low and I don't think you could have put in a canoe here even though they rented them. Be warned about the ticks. They were very bad during our stay and they do have lots of warning signs posted. On the plus side: the sites were very large and nicely shaded. The restrooms were extremely clean and looked new. The park was not very crowded and very quiet. We did do some bike riding but many of the trails appeared to be for hiking only.
05/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great State Park. Easy to get into spots with plenty of shade and trees/shrubs for privacy. We stayed in #14 and it was great. We biked on all the trails and really enjoyed them. The dike trail was long and not much shade but we left early. We had bison that crossed right in front of us and headed away from us (thankfully). We did not visit the Visitor Center as we had been there before. Saw lots of deer on day 2 on our bike ride. We were surprised the park was not full especially since we'd tried to get reservations several different times. Close to home so we will probably come again.
04/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
We had been to this park a few years ago, but this was the first time we camped. We liked our spot (26) as it backed up to the trails and was very quiet. Not much in town. We did have lunch at Fat Belly's and the prices were reasonable. WIFI worked good down at the gift shop. We biked close by at Little Shoals State Park. If was just a short distance away. Overall, nice stay.
07/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Took someone else's advice and we picked site #6. Great site for privacy, however park was not very crowded anyway. We liked the Sand Hill area. The loop road was paved unlike the other loop in the area next to us which was dirt and really sandy. The one thing that I think needs to be improved are the trails. We just happened to find some by accident. We actually came across an area down by maintenance that said it was a Sign Shop. However, we felt the signs in this park were not nearly as good as other state parks. We rode our bikes all over the paved roads and down some of the paths that were not marked. Lots of wildlife. We saw deer and wild turkey. Deer walked all around our camping area like we weren't even here. Great BBQ restaurant with salad bar in town called Johnny's. TV reception was fair. Picnic area was very large. We stayed here 3 nights.
07/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
We stayed in #4 which we thought was going to be right on the water. Turns out the water is there but not accessible. We were fine with that. We did like the spot even though it was very close to the entrance. The maximum length allowed is 34 ft. There are only a couple of pull though sites. The rest are back ups. We enjoyed our site and even though we had neighbors on both sides, there was plenty of space and privacy between. The park has a place down by the river to rent canoes/kayaks and they have a campground store. On Fridays and Saturday nights they have entertainment from 6-8 at night. Beautiful sunsets. Nowhere to swim but we knew this ahead of time and headed over to Ormond to go to the beach. Overall, great stay. Rangers and campground store staff very nice and helpful.
07/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
We stayed in # 48 (pull through). Very spacious and nice shade. Saw lots of deer in and around campground. Great bike trails. Just be careful of the Ross Allen trail as it's extremely swampy and lots of mosquito's. Some areas we had to walk the bikes across water. We ended up turning around and heading out before finishing the loop due to the mosquito's. Rangers all very friendly. The river trail has a canoe/kayak launch.
06/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
We stayed here in a 24-footer with our black lab. Park is very pet friendly. It is directly on the river and even has a spring inside the campgrounds. Internet access is only in the lodge at this time. There are several motel rooms and cabins for rent as well. Grandma Suzy's Cookin' Shack has breakfast, lunch and dinner and the prices are reasonable. Has great ice cream as well. There are canoes and kayaks for rent too. Not much to do in the area but a nice quiet location. Owners are new and very nice. They are making lots of improvements. They have bought the adjacent property and are planning on adding more spots and a pool.
06/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
This was just our 2nd time in our RV and our first in a KOA. Decided to try this one as it was not real far from home and wanted to see if the internet and cable TV would work. Both worked fine. We stayed in A8 and it was patially shaded. No problems with any loud noise at night even though there seemed to be alot of long term campers. It was really hot and we went to the pool. Unfortunately the temp in the pool was almost as hot as it was outside. Neighbors that came in Saturday night, left for a couple of hours and left a dog that barked almost the whole time they were gone. Appears the owners are working on the back part of this park. Looked like they were adding spots.
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