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03/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
State senior rate shown. Great park about 15 miles from Lake Wales. Seems much further. We were there twice-November, 2013 in site 4 for 4 days and site 21 March, 2014 for 5 days. Privacy was good with brush and trees between most sites. Perimeter sites were the best with forest and wildlife right behind the sites. We don't fish but many people did and you could hear boats on the lake into the evening, especially air boats. Restrooms were clean and located at the center of the 2 circular loops and easily accessible from everywhere with paved and unpaved paths.
03/2014
rating [ 5/10 ]
Florida resident senior rate shown. Least amount of privacy than any state park at which we have camped in over 20 yrs. There is no brush or separation between sites. To provide ID and separation between sites, they have site markers at the beginning and ending of the site! As you travel from US 27 to the park, there is the "Last" convenience store, gas station about halfway or 2-3 miles from the park entrance. If coming south on US27, don't turn on ALT 634, go another 1/2 mile to 634. At the park entrance and 2 other places on the road in, there are "Speed Tables" that are worse than speed bumps and will rearrange your camper if going fast enough. I did. Hard to see them. The park is very convenient to Sebring. We were in site 10 for 5 days which backed up to the woods. We were lucky our next door neighbors were pretty nice and quiet as we were almost camping together although both of us had large sites. Perimeter sites are the best here. Don't get an interior if you will be there on the weekend. New restrooms are very nice but a long way from Site 10 side of the park. The showers closest to us were shut down but sinks and toilets worked. They had a septic problem at the next closest showers so we were forced to go to the new one. There is another facility but they seemed to be cleaning it every time we went there. Do visit the CCC history museum. Did not go on any trails.
11/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
Rate shown is Florida resident senior-50%off regular price. This was our third visit and we are already planning a fourth in our Pop-Up. We had site 10. Sites 10 through 14 are the best if you want shade and privacy. Avoid "Interior" sites as very few are shaded or private. We didn't look really closely, but sites 44 to 53 may have some shade. Avoid 1 and 43-no privacy or shade and all who enter the campground at night light you up! The office/shop has some supplies. The river and playground are a moderate walk, 250 yards plus/minus from the office to the river, but well worth it. Do plan to tube,kayak or canoe the river. It's about 1/2 hour kayak to the headwaters. The clarity is amazing and you can swim either here or at the main park(The old Rainbow Springs tourist attraction prior to purchase by the state). All sites have picnic tables, charcoal grills, posts and fire rings and are paved with small pebbles over limerock. Restrooms and showers are always clean. I did not like the sink faucets which are heat activated and non-adjustable for temperature. It can take a minute or three for the water to warm up-pain in the neck to rinse off shaving cream-activate and splash quickly before the water stops. Fox channel 35/51 is the only TV channel we got with an antenna. Plan to visit the main park off US 41 in Dunnellon. For golfers, try Juliette Falls golf course off Hwy40, 1 mile past the road to the park, about 2 miles total from the park. A hidden gem with numerous scenic holes. It is rated one of the 10 best courses in Florida open to the public. Great course with ratings as high as 143 depending on which tee you play. There are also several others open to the public in Dunnellon.
11/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Florida Senior Resident rate shown is 50% off regular rate. We were in the Amelia River Campground in site #30. If you have a slideout on the driver side that has windows and seating facing out, sites 30 and 39 give a view of the river. If the slideout is on the other side or if you want to sit outside and watch the river traffic, site 40 or 41 is better. The Ocean sites are being redone so were not open. There is a long fishing pier, the fort, a gift shop, beachcombing and unlimited beach fishing either on the river or the ocean. There is also a chance to see a nuclear submarine going to or from Kings Bay, GA on the Amelia River. Television and cellphone reception was very good. There is a convenience store and gas station just East of the park entrance. If you prefer to eat out, there are plenty of restaurants, local and chains, within 5 to 10 minutes. I recommend the Crab Trap downtown. There are excursions available out of downtown Fernandina. Do walk the downtown shops and tourist traps. Golf courses galore. I played the Fernandina Beach course ($30) and enjoyed it also the Amelia National ($85). The Amelia National was the better course, condition and challenges. This was our 4th trip here and we will be back.
11/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
Florida senior rate shown. Outstanding park. Sites 49 to 90 all look new with curbs outlining nice level site area, fire rings and picnic tables. The showers/restrooms looked brand new and were cleaned daily. Site layout, spacing and vegetation between sites assured all of privacy. We saw no bad sites in 49 to 90. There is not a lot of overhead shade. The best spots are on the perimeter of 49 to 90. There is less privacy, but more shade in the old prairie and the big flats campgrounds. These are older areas with older facilities. The Myakka Outpost has a gift shop, cafe, firewood, and some basic items. The elevated building looks new. There are canoe and kayak rentals, air boat rides and nature hikes. There are many trails for hikers and bikers. Don't miss the canopy walkway and the 70' viewing tower. While we were there, there was a 12 to 14 foot gator sunning or swimming every day below a bridge between the camping area and the Outpost. Cell service is very limited, people were standing on top of vehicles and driving to a specific area to get anything intermittently. TV reception, even with a fixed antenna was good. There are no nearby stores or restaurants. This is a great park, one of the best of the 20+ Florida parks at which we've camped.
10/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate shown is for Florida resident seniors. We were here for 4 nights in handicapped site #10. This is a beautiful, scenic park with many trails through atypical Florida terrain-many ravines and hills with radical elevation changes. Most trails start downhill so be prepared for uphill on the return as the campsites are on a ridge high point. The park is on the "Bluffs" side of the Apalachicola River with overlooks at the camping area and at the historic Gregory House. The bathrooms and showers have recently been totally redone and are perfect. The access to the handicapped bathroom and shower is about 50 feet from sites 9 and 10 and are separate buildings (very spacious) from the main bathrooms and showers located between 24 and 25. Firewood is $3.00 donation per bundle, bundles that would go for $5 to $6 at other parks. We got 26 TV channels with a simple non-adjustable antenna. Cell phone reception on T-Mobile and AT&T was excellent. It is about 12 to 15 miles to ice or convenience stores, so don't forget anything. With few exceptions, the sites are narrow with little buffer between sites and not much screening vegetation. Site 1 has an interesting overlook effect but overall, 1 through 14 are narrow. Site 16 is fantastic, as the overlook is between 16 and 17 and 16 has a beautiful view over a 150 foot drop to the river valley. Site 17 and 18 and 30 offer better privacy than most other sites. All sites are convenient to the bathrooms. Contrary to the way I describe the sites, when we go back, we will take any of them! The old CCC barracks is used as an office for the rangers, but has games, books and toys available. The rangers were very helpful and friendly. There is a washer and dryer at the main restrooms. This is a first class facility and perfect for hikers and families.
05/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
Florida resident senior rate shown. Double for standard rate. Our fourth weekend visit here at a great park. There are no bad sites, just some better than others. Most are large and well shaded with privacy from adjacent sites. Minimal leveling required on ones we've had. No leveling this time on site 20. Bathrooms and showers were neat and clean at all times of the day. The museum as usual, was very interesting and would be a real treat for youngsters with a mammoth skeleton, ancient crocs, Ross Allen Institute materials, and many other artifacts, both ancient and recent. There was a "Cracker Village" program which we attended previously. It is a must see if going on during your visit. There are many hiking trails. In the Summer, I suggest the river trail as it is very cool once you get to the Silver River. No fishing or swimming, but you can canoe or kayak or take off your shoes and wade a bit. To really cool off, drive about a mile or so out of the park to the Waterpark adjacent to the Silver Springs attraction which is also a must see. I found a very good golf course called Ocala Golf Club about 3-4 miles from the park. They said it was the best public course in Florida. After playing here (for $29, cart and greens fee), I totally agree. Fairways were very good, greens were outstanding and sand in the traps was easy to play out of. In places, the roughs left something to be desired, but with wide fairways, I shouldn't have been there anyway. Gold tees are 74.0/129, blues 71.2/125. This is one of our favorite parks.
04/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Florida senior resident rate shown. Our fourth time here. Obviously we think it's great for sitting around, hiking, kayaking, fishing and just relaxing. Everything is clean, well-managed and personnel are friendly and helpful. Be sure to check out the North end of the park for the "Indian " sculpture and the best fishing and walking the shore. Bring a cast net to catch bait or buy it at the concessions stand which is now open 12 hours a day, 7 days a week with live music on Saturday night. We had our favorite site #30 again and had a short 100 foot or so walk to the water behind the sites. We found a very good restaurant called "Rivergrille" right on the Tomoka River. Take the shortcut to US 1 (Comes in just east of I-95 passing over US 1), turn South on US 1 and the restaurant is on the right just across the Tomoka River bridge. Huge outside deck areas, indoor driftwood and antique decorations, great food, medium prices and friendly staff make this a must for casual meals.
03/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate shown is Florida senior resident. Our second visit here-no bears this time although the rangers said they were active. Great park, good hiking, plenty to do at the spring-canoe, kayak, swim, picnic, visit the museum. There are volleyball courts and horseshoe pits nearby-we did not check these out. There is a very limited grocery and snack shop attached to the museum. The grounds, roads, and trails were well kept and clean. The spring and areas around the trails were beautiful. We stumbled upon a crew filming a "Trailer" for a book being published about a medieval wizard-all were in period costume with at least one sword. Interesting! All sites are good, just some better than others. Next time we will try to get one on the outside of the circles, preferably 46 to 53. Sites 31 to 60 offer slightly more privacy between campsites due to trees and brush, but there are no bad sites here-most are large. TV and cell phone reception was very good. We got 40+ channels with a standard rooftop antenna. If you go, definitely take the time to walk the "Wet to dry" boardwalk trail {1/4 mile} just over the bridge. We had no trouble with a standard wheelchair. There are 26 miles of trails for hikers, bikers and horses with restrictions on some trails.
02/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Senior resident rate shown. Double for normal rate. Our 3rd visit to a great park. Not as many manatees as last year and no bear sighted this time, but still very nice visit. There were about 8 to 10 manatees including one mama and calf while we were there. We were in site 27 and were able to comfortably push my mother in a wheelchair on the sidewalk thru the woods near site 18 and up and down the boardwalk from the spring to the St. Johns River. All sites looked good. Restrooms and showers were clean and in good repair. Have fun and enjoy.
01/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Senior resident rate shown. Our third time here, the first time since the new trail opened behind the Rangers office. It is a good hike with the last 1/4 mile or so paralleling the water. The end of the trail is at a great observation point overlooking the water-good picture opportunity. The canoe rental and launch ramp are about 1/4 to 3/8 mile from the campground with the public day areas another 1/4 mile beyond that. Good fishing in Pellicer Creek for both fresh and salt water species. Make sure you have the correct license for the species you catch. If you're a basket weaver like my wife, there are very long pine needles available in the public area and just off the beginning of the new trail about 50 yards down a dirt road off to the left on the left branch of the trail. The old shorter trail between sites at the end is also a nice hike with good views of the water and grass. As usual, Florida State Parks are great-friendly, clean and interesting.
12/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Senior rate shown. We were in site 5 just across from restrooms with no showers. The nearest shower were in Loops B or C. There are no really bad sites, however, in some cases the fire ring is as much as 50' or so away from the RV-If tent camping, there was plenty of room to get nearer the fire rings. The spring and the hiking trails were great although there was a tree over the boardwalk we could not get past with a wheelchair. We did get by by getting off the walk. There is a limited convenience store at the spring and a regular store about 5 minutes east of the park. Cell phone would only work at the ranger station at the entrance. We did not try TV. A nice place to visit-ENJOY.
10/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Senior rate shown, tax included. Great place, great time. Free use of "Sand" wheelchair, good beach, beach or lagoon fishing, kayaking or sailing as well as surfing. Literally miles of beach to walk, a nice little store, rental kayaks, canoes and windsurfing. There are no really bad sites, although, avoid those at the head end of the loops. We were at site 58 which was huge. We were entertained Friday night by country music from the St. Augustine Amphitheatre which abuts the west property line. There is a great farmers market on Saturday just a couple hundred or so yards down a service road. Tried a new restaurant for lunch on Friday after a tour of the nearby St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum. It was very interesting. Did not climb to the top. (The restaurant was The Conch House Resort and Marina between the park and downtown, on Salt Run lagoon near the lighthouse. Outside dining includes a dozen or so thatch huts elevated above the water, a large wood deck and both semi-indoor and indoor dining. Prices were medium.) Sites here at the park are all private and well-shaded. Some may be difficult to get a trailer into. The beach is a long walk, or short bike ride from the sites. Once here, be sure to walk the mile or so North to look across the bay at downtown St. Augustine and the Spanish fort.
10/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Senior rate shown. The spring area has been renovated and is prettier. However, the access to the water has been decreased. There is one area on the North side with steps to the water. There was no problem for us as there were never more than a dozen or so people when we were there. It will be a crowded mess at the steps in the summer under heavy use, especially with families with small children staying close. The "Beach" at the East end has been walled off. People are already going around the new wall on the South side for water access in lieu of walking 100+ yards around the spring to the steps. TV reception with a standard roof top antenna was very good. Sites are shady, offset for privacy, and paved, but you will still need to level. The grocery store 1/4 mile south of the entrance has everything you may need. Definitely bring a face mask and/or a snorkel to enjoy the spring. Boat launch on site. Good hiking trail. Hookups at sites, but sewer connection is to the front of the site so you may want to wait until leaving to pull forward for access to it. I recommend putting the awning side tires right on the edge of the paving or you end up tripping over the pavement edge lip the entire stay. Enjoy a great park.
09/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate noted is Florida seniors. Good park but has a long walk to the river. However, the walk is worth it. Do bring your swimming, diving, snorkeling gear and a canoe or kayak. Beautiful cool, clear water. Free access to a tubing site and/or tube retrieval site. It's about a 7 mile drive to the actual gardens and original Rainbow Springs attraction. Take your site/gate code ticket with you for free entry. Bring your dog as they are permitted on site. There is a swimming hole and a canoe/kayak rental on site. There is a store on site and several stores a mile or so past the "Attraction" in Dunnellon. Rainbow Springs golf course is a very nice and reasonably priced course: $35 on a Sunday. The best sites are furthest from the river except for #50. We were on site 14 which we felt was the best for shade and privacy. Probably 11 through 18 are best with 19 to 23 and 6 to 10 next. We were able to get all 3 networks with a standard crank-up, rooftop antenna. As usual, personnel were friendly and helpful and facilities were clean and in good repair. You can't beat Florida State Parks!
08/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate shown is Florida resident, senior rate. Great park convenient to beaches, museums and golf. Trails are well marked, clear, personnel friendly, sites are shaded and private with none that looked bad. Showers, restrooms, were clean and well kept. Sites 16, 17 and 18 looked the best with a creek view and close to trail heads, swimming and the Nature Center (Wireless Internet at the center only-slow but works). I was able to push a standard wheelchair on some trails. The ranger station has a "Loaner" sand wheelchair-no charge. No pets allowed on sites 68 to 98. Definitely drive up Casey Key and admire the huge houses and mansions, some probably 40 to 60 and more years old. Good maps are available when you check in at the main gate, complete with many discount coupons. We found a very good, reasonably priced restaurant about a mile South of the park on U. S. 41 called, "WaterfronToo" (Not miss-spelled). Request a table at the South end of the building where you can see down the waterway, or sit outside. Our only complaint about the park was the host on the site (21) next to us had chopped down palmettos and underbrush and planted his TV dish 12-15 feet into our site and left the pile of dead brush there. When we were under our awning, the dish was less than 10' away. We reported it to the rangers, but nothing was done about it other than a ranger came to our site and looked at it.
08/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Senior resident rate is 1/2 price or $10. This was our 2nd time at this park. As usual, Florida parks are clean, have friendly and helpful personnel, and offer great facilities. From Tuesday thru Friday, I camped with four 15 to 18 year old junior golfers and we commuted to a Junior Golf tournament in Gainesville. My guys had a second, two fifths, and a sixth in their respective age groups. Friday I took them home and returned with my wife and mother. The swimming area is very nice with decent access/egress. The carpet on the pier/dock can get slippery. There are good hiking trails, small rapids in the river, good kayaking and canoeing. If you get bored here, go into High Springs and browse the antique stores, check out the several county parks and springs (No pets past the gate!), or go tubing on the Ichitucknee. A great place to spend a few days. Avoid space 29. We got 3" of water flowing right by the door from a thunderstorm and left a day early since the same was predicted for Sunday. Everything was wet as it blew pretty hard. All spaces are large, private and shady. Most have large logs defining site areas and around the fire pits.
07/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Our third visit here. In 3 nights and 2 days, without trying, we saw 9 deer plus 2 spotted fawns that hang out near the visitor center, 2 turkeys and many types of birds. Every site here is good, restrooms and showers are clean, and woods are beautiful. We stayed in the Magnolia area on site 40. Some of the sites 38 to 46 could be a problem in a heavy rain as they slope a bit downhill from the road. Do visit the visitor center and take the short walk to the 50' observation tower. We did not see the wild Spanish horses or the wild bison but did not hike or ride any of the prairie trails. There are several long and short trails in the park. We did see many deer and on a previous visit, had to wait while a 4' gator crossed the road (To get to the other side?). While there, we took short side trips to Micanopy (Antique heaven and where they filmed part of the movie "Doc Hollywood") , to the Museums of Art and of Natural History in Gainesville. Micanopy is about 5 minutes and the museums are about 20 minutes from the park. Take US 441 North, not I-75 for the most scenic and shortest route to Gainesville. A great place, not over-crowded, friendly personnel, clean and very shady, good hiking. What more could your want?
05/2010
rating [ 3/10 ]
The worst experience we have ever had at any park. We left early and forfeited one nights fee. We value privacy, shade, and space in that order. With over 700 sites side by side with no buffering vegetation, there is no privacy. There is limited shade. If you need a fire ring, phone or modem connection, make sure you specifically request a site with them. Do the same for other amenities. We wanted to kayak and had to get a special pass to go into the gated residential areas through an electronic gate. We were told to wait until a resident went through and quickly drive in behind them or call someone who would come let us in if he was home! Don't count on the Activity Center or Patio area being available. It was closed while we were there for use by a motorcycle convention of some kind. We had Harleys and others coming and going all the time. The people were no problem but motorcycles are loud. Bulow has very limited restroom/shower facilities considering the size of the resort. There were only 2 dumpsters for the entire facility and both were overflowing with garbage on the ground by Saturday night on a 3 day holiday weekend. The only good thing about this resort(??) is its proximity to the Bulow Plantation State Park and scenic rides on several roads nearby and the beaches.
07/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
The rate is $24/night less 50% for Florida Senior Residents, plus tax. Great park, personnel, facilities and activities. Don't miss the 1.5 hour tour of the re-constructed Fort Foster. I pushed a standard wheelchair about 300 yards through the woods, but could have driven up to the back of the fort and had a shorter walk. Watch out, there be Seminoles in those woods! We stayed at Site 19 which was one of 16 in a loop around an open recreation area area with showers and restrooms. We value privacy, shade and space in that order. Based on that, here are our site evaluations. In the loop, Sites 17, 19, 25, 26, 27 were very good. We felt Site 28 was the absolute best with 17 close behind. There is a path between 17 and 18 to the main road where it is about a 300 yard walk to the cafe, camp store, and a 1/2 acre swimming pool with three lifeguards. Sites 29 to 36 are near a canoe launch. We would take just about any site in the Rivers Edge Campground (1 to 78) preferring the sites noted above and sites 50, 52, 56, 68, 69. We did not look at the sites in Hammock Circle-82 to 114. Television reception was great with just an antenna. There are plenty of trails, picnic areas along the river, rapids, the pool, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. This is one top 3 of the 20 odd Florida parks at which we have stayed.
06/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
One of our favorite parks, and we got our favorite site-#30. There is a very large open area on the awning side that guarantees privacy plus there is a trail in the middle of it to the lagoon with access to the Halifax River. It is wide enough for wheelchairs (bumpy), kayaks canoes, etc. There are several trails to the water from the riverside sites. However, none of the sites have a view of the river. You can cast net for finger mullet or catch fiddler crabs for bait and fish right there or at other places in the park . A short drive or medium walk in the park gets you to a concession building with canoe and kayak rentals, good hamburgers, pizza, and other treats. Very friendly proprietors. Going on past this, there are several picnic areas and tables along the water as the north peninsula end of the park narrows to a point. More fishing and kayaking. We have kayaked with manatees here on previous visits. Don't miss a ride on Old Kings Road Scenic Highway and cut across to Route A1A and The Atlantic Ocean-The park has maps. It is about a 15 to 20 minute drive. All in all, a can't miss location convenient to Ormond Beach, Flagler Beach and Daytona Beach. I'm told it is very popular during Daytona speed weeks and the July races. Covered up with motorcycles during their race weeks. They even have a permanent ramp for backing a trailer up to for loading cycles.
01/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Where else can you stay on the ocean where you can look down on the beach from the RV windows. Odd numbered sites 13 to 23 have a good view of the water but, all the sites are okay. There is no shade anywhere and privacy is limited. A short walk across A1A gets you to the the Intracoastal Waterway, boat launch and fishing area. Follow the road to the end for a cast net area and fishing. There is also a nice nature trail on this side of the highway.
03/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
We had site 6 which was fine. There didn't appear to be any really bad sites, just go by the Reserve America maps and reviews from this site. This is a great place just walking around and viewing the creek, woods and springs. I pushed a wheelchair from the camping area about a 1/2 mile on a boardwalk trail along the creek, through the spring/concession area and about a 1/2 mile back along the road to the campsite. We did not kayak here but saw many canoeing in the narrow, shallow creek having a ball. All sites are paved with asphalt but you still need to level.
05/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is our old standby, our 3rd RV trip here. Great trails, star-gazing, and quiet. Very relaxing and peaceful. There is a roped off swimming area at the lake and a very large playground and day-use area by the lake. None of the RV sites view the lake. We prefer the Sandhill Area which is about 1/2 mile from the lake. You can hike through the woods to the "Mill Site" area then hike the 1.1 mile trail to the "Ravine". The "Ravine" is roughly 60' deep with many small springs, tropical plants and a boardwalk, bridge, dirt trail through it. You can go up the steps to the road at the site, but it's more fun to return on the trail back to the "Mill Site". We like sites 1 and 6 but, none are really bad. In the Lakeview area, avoid 41 to 45, 47 to 49, and 53 to 60 if you like privacy. Sites 46, 50, 70 and 71 looked the best.
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