The park is located on the St Johns River with many shade trees. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. I have a 32 foot motor home and had no problem getting around on the paved roads. The staff is friendly and so are the residents that live in the park. I must say it is the most friendly campground we have ever been to. The staff is also very helpful and lead you to your site to get you parked. Each site has a cement pad and picnic table; however; we had a nice site right on the river over looking a dock and watched the boats go up and down the river. They have six almost new pontoon boats for rent from the store. There is full hookup to include cable TV, but Wi-Fi is going to cost you about $5 a day if you want to connect. The Swamp River Grill located on site is a little pricy but a lot of fun (good music) and the clubhouse were the Pot Luck Dinners are held has a pool table and a lot of planned activities. Going back 3 miles to HWY 17 you will find a lot of eating places and about anything you need. There is a large flea market on Saturday just before DeLand that has the best Mexican food trailers and great prices on the all the stuff you really don’t need. The only draw back is the shower houses are really old, although they are clean and could be modernized. This is a great place to visit and we will go back.
Spent the weekend about an hour a little south of Jacksonville in a town named Welaka. It has 1 stop light and 1 gas station with a few places to eat. It looks like it is a town of about 500 or so folks. I went there for some fishing in and around the St Johns River. I stayed a little campground lodge by the name of Welaka Lodge and Resort. There are 4 nice looking cabins for rent, there are about 5 RV sites that do not have RV’s parked in them, some are work campers, there is a nice small swimming pool, and on Sundays they have a big party at the dock. Friday and Saturday evening most folks head to a place called “Shrimp R Us” that has live bands and some good food and drink. It is an easy walk from the campground. The owners of the campground are friendly and stay busy keeping the place up. There is no cable or TV reception so plan ahead if you go there. There is no late night parting that I seen as everyone disappeared at about 730PM each night and were not seen again until mid-morning. There are 2 cons about staying there besides the cable; the first is the “BLIND BUGS” 500 millions of them per square yard and they land on everything, get into everything and are a real pain to even walk through. They get side the camper faster than you can open and close the door and you spend along time killing them, really nasty tiny bugs. The second is you cannot launch your boat or kayak for the lodge; yes, they have a nice dock, but no boat ramps. Next door is a fishing camp that has a ramp but ….also has 100 million of the “BLIND BUGS” that make it impossible to even put the boat/kayak in the water as they get in your ears, eyes and mouth and all over everything including you and anything you have, to include getting in your vehicle. There is a public boat ramp down the street about 2 blocks (they only have about 5 million bugs there) that is one of the steepest I have ever seen about 60 degrees and 150 yards long. Then you have to find a place to park up on top the hill. There was 1 bait shop in town but it has gone under so bring your own bait or use artificial lures. The shrimp was running in that part of the river so the fishing was really slow I talked to no one that had caught anything the whole week. The fish were so full of free shrimp that they couldn’t move. In the evening the wind comes blowing through with such force that even using a 3 spike anchor you still drift. Would I go to Welaka for a weekend or fishing again? I cannot think of any reason to return.
The RV park is located on beautiful Manatee Point on the Saint Johns River. The river offers fishing, boating, Manatee watching and a cool breeze. A full service marina with boat rentals is convenient to the park. NAS is a golfers paradise with 27 holes of year round golf. The course is within walking distance (500) yards from the park and Mulligans offers breakfast for you early risers. Down town Jacksonville is just 20 minutes away. St Augustine the nations oldest city is just 30 minutes south. Orlando is just 2.5 hours away and Daytona Beach is 2 hours. ITT has all the attraction tickets you may need at discount prices. There is also a free laundry for the use of the campers. Next door is the Navy Lodge for those that don't have an RV. WARNING: Firearms are not allowed on base so don't even think about it.
We just stayed at Cedar Key for the weekend. We stayed at Low-Key Motel, it has 5 RV sites and a 5 room motel, cost $36 a night. It is on the water and from the MH you can see water in all directions. VERY RELAXING and friendly place, the owners are great and you are 1.5 miles from downtown. There are also 3 other campgrounds within 9 miles, but the only other one worth staying at is a brand new one called Cedar Key RV (http://www.cedarkeyrvresort.com/aboutrv.html): it is new, has a pool and large club house and would be a great place for one of our NFCC get a ways. The cost is $30 a night FU. The town its self is OLD FLORIDA and very laid back, we really like the place. If Low-Key had a pool it would have a 10+ from us.
Do you like shopping, television, flea markets, Wal-mart, big city night life, and sight seeing? If so this is not the place you want to go to. The biggest store is a Dollar General and the best restaurant is a little place called The Fat Pig. The park itself is beautiful and has a small tourist area that sells stuff. The tower is beautiful and the museum is very interesting. The sites are open for the most part, and the place is clean. For a nice quiet place to spend a few days, this is a good spot. Bring your Direct TV as there is NO TV reception at the park. We would stay again when in the area, or if there is a festival to attend.
We camped here for 2 nights: and that was not long enough. Very nice campground. The park staff was very friendly and courteous. The restrooms and showers are very modern and clean and also air conditioned makes it nice on hot summer days. The beaches are nice and just across the street is a public swimming pool if you don’t like the ocean. Fernandina Beach has a great historic district with beautiful Victorian homes and shops. The park is really close to all the action but goes back 2 miles so the campground is away from the traffic. We toured the fort with a museum and several “Union Soldiers” from 1864 give visitors a characterization of life at the fort as a northerner stationed in Florida. We did not do the late tour but the first weekend of every month the fort comes alive. The only draw back it the very long road from the campground to the main street: 3 miles and takes a good 10 minutes. Pets are not allowed on the beach in the park but can go to the public beach outside of the park. I would stay here again.
Yes the sites are big and for the most part very level and if you just want a place to stay then this is OK. However, if you have kids (1-21yo) there is not much for them to do after the first 3 hours. There are 3 trails that can be explored and there is the river, 1/2 mile away. That is about it. While there you can go to Wild Water and Silver Springs, another waste if time and money for anyone with kids. It is $25 per person for the water park that has 3 rides and a wave pool. A family of 4 is $100 plus anything that you buy to eat. Silver springs has 3 boat rides and a jeep ride. All the jokes are the same on each boat ride and the jeep ride is really lame as my grand daughters put it. If the kids are over 9 and under 18 the place is not that great as there are no rides that the kids want to go on. If you're going to someplace I would recommend Wild Adventures in Georgia and not to Ocala. Just my opinion.
OMG they call this a RESORT, and C2C calls it a DELUXE CG, I wonder what what they are thinking. The place in OK for an overnight if you get there before 6pm. They are not really in Woodbine they are in the Woodbine Zip code but are located 10 miles for Woodbine. They have a nice little pool but the state has pulled the Adult Spa. There is no cable and you can get 5 TV stations. If you have kids skip the place. If you just want a place to stop on the way north or south it is OK. The sites are good size and are mostly grass and stones. The folks that run the place are nice but have numerous rules that they tell you about when you check in. They are a C2C. Passport America, and Happy Camper organization.
Did you say beach front/view property for $25 a night? Yes!! That is true and that is why it is almost impossible to get into the place. I was lucky and just happen to get a site for last weekend. The DW says she will come back here anytime but getting resevations is hard. There are other campgrounds in the area but for double the price. We would stay here again.
Lake City Campground is 1 mile north of I-10 at Hwy 441 about 63 miles from Jacksonville. The Office is only open from 4-7PM and check in is at the same time. The place has a pool, playground and 2 ponds. The restrooms and spotless and the store/office has about anything you might want. You are about 4 miles from downtown Lake City that has a lot of small shops and eating places. I would stay there again if I am in Lake City area.
We stayed here a few years ago and it was a nice place with activities and friendly folks. This time when I went to check in they (the store area) told me that it was under new ownership and that they had nothing to do with the campground. I mentioned that the signs still said this was check area and they told me, "Like I side we have nothing to do with the campground you need to go to the gate." The place is mostly cabins anymore that are for sale, and there are about 100 for sale signs all over the place. The shower houses are about as clean as any gas station's restrooms. Most of the folks you see are over 60 (me too), and there are no activites except for church on Sunday. I think the small restaurant only serves breakfast on the weekends. I don't think we will ever go back. I am sorry because this was the first place we camped after moving to Florida and we really enjoyed it back then.
This is a nice clean park. The best in the Dayton Beach area. It is well kept. The staff is friendly and helpful; they show you to your site and help get you in. They have tennis, mini-golf, pool, playground, suffle board, and a fishing pond. Cable TV is poor but overall the park is more of a resort than a campground. This was our second trip and we will go back. The resort's new name is Encore Sunshine Resort.
I spent a month there, very nice laid-back owner but the place is nice, well maintained and clean. The place is quiet and you feel safe. The place always fills up at night and is used mostly by folks traveling up & down I95. It is great for a stop over. Across the street are a few gas stations/truck stops and they also have fast food places within walking distance. The only downside is no pool/playground for kids or hot tubs, but I recommend the campground.