This is the oldest park in the Florida park system, and is not a resort park if that is what you are looking for. But we love this park. They have a restaurant open now, and a Museum that is interesting about the works of the CCC. A tram that will take you to parts of the park that you will not see, except for riding the tram. Lots of places to ride bikes and hike. The Rangers and volunteers are always nice here. The not so good. All sites are not level, some soft sand spots and the service box and water may be over fifty feet for a few sites to get your RV on level ground. Also, may be on wrong side of RV hook ups. We will be back as we like this park. Rate of 12 dollars is for a Senior's Florida resident.
The rangers are as nice as the host. The rest rooms, park and grounds were clean. There are interesting walking trails, and during the summer there is good canoeing on the river. Also, they say there is good fishing at times along this river. Now for the bad. The park is full hook-up, but good luck on a lot of these sites. The sewer dump pipe will be higher than your RV dump pipe. I don`t know who laid this out, but they have never camped in an RV. Most of the dump pipes are on the up-hill side of the sites, and some others are six to eight inches off the ground. Also, they are located to the front of the sites, where you will need 30 to 40 feet of hose to reach it, with any RV of 25 feet or longer. .Also, you will need two to four inches of blocks to level side to side, and more if you are in a rig without jacks front to back. One thing that stood out: the park work campers were parked on two of the handicap spots. One did have a handicap tag, but if they are working the park, they should leave those spots available for RV'er campers coming in that need those handicap sites more.
This park is one of the best maintained parks in the Florida park system. It is always clean with very friendly and helpful rangers and volunteers. In the park you can bicycle and rent canoes and Kayaks. There is a museum that is only open on the weekends. The downs are most spots are hard to get satellite but there are about 14 local stations on a good antenna. Not full hook up. Other than these two this is a 10+ park. Rate is for Florida Senior.
The rate is Florida Senior over 65. This is an older park but is a great place to camp. You have the beach down town St Augustine a few miles away with lots of things to see if you have never been there. The sites are spaced out with under growth between them so your camp site is private from the other campers. Most sites are full shade and rest rooms are clean but old. The rest room on the loop we were on in site 109, will be closing for remodeling next month I think. So check the web site for the notes on the park as it is a long ways to the next rest room from this loop. There is Wi-Fi at the store at the beach. For the bad. Sites are dirt so you will track in your RV when it rains. There is full shade so very few sites can set up Satellite TV. The local channels are not that good of reception from Jacksonville. They are pumping sand on the beach and if you have little kids or are not strong ocean swimmers: the beach drops off fast at high tide in most places. The rangers are nice and they do work to keep the park nice, as this is a big park. We will be back.
This is one of the first parks built by the CCC in the thirties. Wish I could give it a better score, but for the camp ground loops five is the best I can do. The sites are large but the roads in the loops are narrow with limbs that will drag the top and sides of your RV. Some of the sites are for up to 42 feet, but no way would I want to take a nice rig that large in either loop. The Magnolia loop I would put at about thirty feet with out a lot of trouble getting in your site and the road to it. The Dogwood loop I would say around twenty five feet at the most and then you will drag vegetation going in plus the road has some pretty washed out places from all the rain just a few days before we got there.This loop better suited for pop ups and tents. As for the park there is lots of wild life and some good hiking trails.The Santa Fa river is all but dried up and the ticks are bad. The staff is nice and there is some interesting things to see here, but if you have a large RV I would say stay some where else and make it a day trip here.
Rate is for 65 plus Florida resident. This is a very clean park and staff is good. Park is quiet and there are very nice pea gravel sites for the most part. Sites are large and shaded for the most part. The only bad thing is no TV, and satellite will not work on a lot of sites. It is around 14 miles to a large grocery store. We will return.
The rate is Florida resident 65 plus. There is not much to add to the other reviews. This is more a resort than camp ground. Some pavement pads are in need of repair, but over all the park rating is a nine +. The staff here are great. I have not talked to any one that worked here that do not make you feel welcome and go out of there way to please. Florida has some of the best state parks in the country and this one is at the top of that list.
The good is all paved sites very clean and a great host. The bad is not full hook up and a long way to the rest room and shower and not really what I would call handy cap rest rooms. It is a good stop over going north or south and easy access to I-95 and the Turnpike. Also at this time dump station is out of service.
The park is very clean from the grounds to the rest rooms. It is a good place to just relax but if you don`t like to fish there is not much to do here. This is more of an adult park as there is not much to keep kids entertained and nothing close by to do or see. Just a very good park to just relax for a few days. It is a nine only because of no full hookups.
This is a very nice camp ground with very large sites. Check in is friendly and easy. There is no bad sites in the camp ground. There is walking trails canoe, kayak rentals, bike riding, horse back riding, and a museum with out buildings of the history of the area. Silver Springs is next to it with glass bottom boats, Jungle cruses and a walk through a zoo like park. There is also a water park that is part of Silver Springs in the summer months. There is a Super Walmart a few miles away on Hwy 40 and restaurants on Hwy 40 and 200. On 200 east of I-75 there is any kind of food you care to eat. We will go back.
The Pine Grove camp sites are some of the best in the Florida state parks; they are a ten. It is more of a resort type camp ground and there is not a bad site in Pine Grove.The river sites are more rustic and IMHO good for smaller rigs as a large rig will drag vegetation on the loop in the camp ground and some of the sites. There is bike riding, horse back riding, hiking, and boats to rent, from kayaks to outboard boats. Also a tour boat that takes you up river to a trappers old camp with a narrated tour of the camp.About a two hour trip for $20.00 dollars each. There is also lots of wild life to watch if you bike or hike. The rangers were all very nice this trip. A lot better than when we were here a few years ago. Then some were nice and some were not.
This is one of the older state parks and it shows. All sites are not gravel and can be messy to track in the RV on a wet day. Also, low palms will rub your roof and sides on a tall trailer. Ours is 11.1 and rubbed some pretty hard going in and out of our site 37. The rangers were nice and helpful when needed. Rest rooms and showers are old but clean. There is a lot of trails to walk and ride here, with a short ride to one of the Rails to Trails bike path. They do have Wi-Fi at the nature center but is very slow most of the time but free. There is kayak and canoe rentals at the park. Outside the park you will find a lot to do. You have to go see Siesta Beach that is a short drive north. It is rated the number one beach in the U.S.A. It is nice but get there early when the weather is good, if you want some place to park. There is lots of places to eat, some are pricey some are not. There is a Super Wal-Mart about a mile north and Publix stores within five miles from the park going north or south on US 41. Also, a big Mall about six miles north, that is really nice if the wife gets bored with camping. Satellite TV is a hit and miss depending on what site you are on, and what service you have. There is lots of shade. This is an older park, but we would go back.
This is a good park if you like to fish or bike ride. The rangers and host are great. Has a couple out standing hosts who's job was keeping the restrooms and showers clean. They seemed to be on them day and night. Most parks rest rooms are a mess on the weekends but not here. Also met a man that I had met at another park, who was always working and very helpful. Check in was very friendly and easy. The park is in better shape than the last time we were here. They do have bands and such on some weekends at the shelter next to the boat ramp. They do have a play ground and the park is patrolled often. For the not so good. If it is warm and the wind isn't not blowing, have bug spray as the No See Ums are bad here part of the year. T he snack shop is still closed on the north side of the inlet. You will have to level on some sites but not bad. Front to back is worse than side to side as a few 2 X 8`s will take care of left to right. Trailers should not have any trouble, just using the tongue jack or fifth wheel jack front to back. It is about 12 miles north to a full service Publix for food supplies. Wal-Mart is about 18 miles away on the mainland. The sixteen dollar rate is for 65 and older Florida resident.
There is lots to see and do at this park. Swimming, bike riding, walking the trails and board walks. Snorkeling, diving from the beach or off boats. You can rent Kayaks to 20 something foot out boards. They also run dive and snorkeling boats and also have a glass bottom boat that goes out to the reef three times a day weather permitting. It is a good way to see the reef if not into diving or snorkeling. It is twenty five dollars and well worth the price for a two hour and fifteen minute trip. There is free Wi-Fi at the gift shop that also has snacks and sells the tickets for the boats. The dive shop has free Wi-Fi. There is also and aquarium that is free. The rangers here are the best and make you feel like they are glad you came to there park. They do keep a good eye on the campground and you will see the often riding through the campground. There is a code to drive in to campground day and night and that is good as there are a lot of day visitors to this park. The not so good is the Camp sites are smaller than most state parks but full hook ups and level. You may or may not have your water hook up on the wrong side of your RV as they are shared between camp sites. There is nothing that will block the view between your sight and the one next to you. We will go back.
This is a old park with lots of wild life. There is a lot of places to ride bikes inside and outside of the park. There is a guided tour by the rangers that I don`t remember how much but I think ten dollars each that you ride a tram around the park where you will see lots of wild life.There is a CCC museum that is interesting to see. This park open in 1931. The rangers are great. The not so good is depending on what sight you have it may or may not be a good one.The power box and water may or may not be on the right side or may be all the way in the back of your site.Also all sights are not level.
We stay here a few times a year.It is and older park but is very nice to bike ride, ocean swimming, kayaking, canoeing, This is a very wide and clean beach for walking, bike riding. and the park is close to sight seeing the nations oldest city. The sites are hard packed dirt and most are level with in reason. There is all most 100% shaded sites. For the bad if you use satellite TV there is about a 90% chance you will not be able to use it for the trees but there are some good TV stations from Jacksonville. Depending on what site you are on it can be a good walk to the showers. The rest rooms are old on some loops but are kept reasonably clean. As this is a busy park on the weekends. So expect the normal trash in the rest rooms. They can`t be there 24/7 to pick up everything people can drop on the floors and in the showers. Not just this campground but you wonder how some people live like pigs at home and let there kids do what ever they want to. As all ways the rangers and other people here are friendly and helpful. They go out of there way to please the guest. There is a camp store and grill at the beach with free Wi-Fi called Island Joe's. The grill is not all ways open after the summer brake. Just on weekends part of the year.
The rate is discount Florida Rate for over 65 if you live in Florida. The park has very good sites. I don`t know of any bad sites. The park has a pool that is closed for repair of 18,000 dollars that the state will not give the park to repair it. As all Florida Parks this one in showing the signs of the economy. The grass is not getting cut as it was last year when we were here and also the pool was open. The staff is doing what they can with what they have to do with. Some of the time there is only one ranger on duty in the park. They have a store for some things but if the ranger needs to go any where they just have to lock up and go. The big thing here this time of year is tubing rainbow river. The cost at the park is 10.60 cash if you do not want to have to drive down to the take out point to pay. You call them and they will bring you a tube and will bring you back to the camp ground for the $10.60. Not much you can do these days for $10.60 that will give you from two to three hours of fun. They also rent canoes and kayaks. They are higher here than at some of the vendors in town at the bridge. The rangers are nice but short on help. Rainbow Spring park is interesting and is free if camping there but you have to drive about 6 miles to get to it but worth it if you like old parks. It was built in the thirty's and had animals and a lot of things that are gone now but can still see old cages and buildings. Go early in the morning and take the ticket they give you for your windshield when you check in to get in the park. The rangers are nice and they do there best with what they have to do with. As said there is no shade on but a few spots and not much on them.
I rated this park a seven as it is not that big rig friendly. For rigs under 30 feet and ten feet tall I would give it a nine; and a five for big rigs, due to growth along and over the campground road. Also, there is an 11 foot high over hang at the office going in and and, out so you need to stay over to the right. Also, there are a lot of the sites are not level side to side. I did not see any that didn't need a few two-bys to level you up, side to side. A motorhome with out jacks might also have trouble front to back. A tongue jack should take care of the front to back on a trailer. There is not much for the kids to do in the park but fish or play on the play ground. They do rent canoes and kayaks. They do have a boat ramp but is steep and short. You are not on the lake but a canal that leads to Lake Griffin. The park is close to stores and is a good place to stop to see the area. As most state parks these days, it is short on money and it shows. The staff is nice and do what they can with what they have to do with. The rest rooms are very clean. We would go back if need to be in the area.
The rate is for Florida residents 65+. This is a very nice park. Only thing missing is sewer hook up but what do you want for the price? The staff here are outstanding and the park is very well kept up. The sights are hard packed pea gravel and in good shape and level. There is a gift shop with Wi-Fi and the bell tower plus the history of Steven Foster.There are a lot of places to ride bikes with some hills plus you can ride in the town of White Oak on the side streets and some side walks. There is a new Dollar Store and a mom & pop BBQ place that is not too bad. The not so good is the only stores are convenience stores, with a main food store being in Live Oak or Lake City.
$17.50 a night with Golden Age Pass. This is a nice park with asphalt sights and drives. The rest rooms and showers are cleaned every day and I think a touch up more often. The spring is clean around it and the water is shallow other than right over the springs. Sites are big with no one right on top of you. There is a limited food store and gas right next to the park. I was not too impressed with it; I would say take your food with you. There is no to very little phone service here.There is some in places if you are with the right service provider I was not. We camp here a few times a year.
This is one of the older parks that is due to be shut down for repair later this year. It is still a nice park. The complaints about sand and sea weed are true. But when your rig is parked ten feet from the beach and 25 feet from the ocean kind of hard not to have sand and sea weed. As said all sights were sandy but did not see and that I would worry about getting stuck in. This is truly water front camp sights. As close as you can camp with out being in the ocean we loved it here. There is a paved bike trail off the Hwy that is really fun and a lot of scenery as you can ride south to the next key across what was old Hwy #1.Quite fun if you have never ridden across a few miles of open ocean on a bicycle. The staff is really good and do well keeping up one of the older parks.
This is one of the best maintained state parks in the Keys. The sights are large and very well maintained.Marathon is just a few miles south with Major stores such as Kmart,Winn Dixie & Publix. If you like to bike there is a bike trail that runs along Hwy #1. Also good Kayaking with kayaks to rent in the park.
This is a very nice small park. I think that they were short on hosts for the campground, as it was full for the week end and the restrooms were a mess and not cleaned til Monday. There was a host site that was open, so I am thinking that was the trouble. The host Monday through Friday was great.
This is as clean as any camp ground you will go to. At the time they are doing some work around the park and you can not go to the camp ground and walk path on the north side of the locks. It is heard to get into this time of year as there are only 9 RV sights and two tent only sights. We stop here every time we go to the Keys as it is a good stop over. We stay two days at the time going and coming from down south. Not to much to do but the kids do have a nice play ground and it is a laid back park to just watch the boats go by. The only draw back is the rest rooms and showers are a good walk from all the camp sights.
Check in was great. A ranger checked us in and you can`t help but feel welcome by her. I told her she must take happy pills. The site was clean as was the rest of the park. Most all the rangers here make you feel like coming back. You will need bug spray as no see'ems are bad this time of year until it cools of some. If you like fishing this is one of the best places to go in the state. We bike ride and love to ride A1A as it is bike friendly there for miles each way. They have a bike lane on each side of the traffic lanes if you are a Roddy and if you just ride at a slow pace there is also a paved walk and bike path beside the road but not so close to traffic. There are also two museums there; one is free one is not. Now for the bad and why it only gets and 8. One of the bathrooms is in need of repair on the north end of the camp ground and when the wind is right you don`t want to camp on the north end also it is closed as are the washers. I am sure they will fix it but at this time not good. Yes we will go back we have been here in the past.
We have camped here in the past while the springs were closed. The campground is in very good condition. The $19.00 fee is with the Senior Pass. Fees for this time last year were $16.00 dollars a night with the same pass. There is a very good and fair priced Family restaurant a few hundred yards north on the left when you go out of the gate. There is a grocery store just south. But do not get here with a empty gas tank as the only gas station at the time is I am guessing, about 12 miles toward Ocala. And if I remember, it has gas some times. Looked like they were redoing the tanks at the store that is open in Salt Springs. The spring itself is nice to look at, but think they could have made better access to the water as there is only one way in and out with cement walls about five feet above the water. Sort of like swimming in a half full swimming pool. But is very clean as is all the park. Day use fees have jumped to $5.50 per person per day. We will camp here again.
This is a good park for fishing and hiking. Also can do a good ten mile bike ride if you ride all the roads.If you like nature this is a good place to see it but is more like a petting zoo with people feeding the deer and sand cranes. Which I am not for as it is not good for the animals. Bald Eagles, Deer,Sand Cranes, Otters,Wild Hogs, are some of the wild life you may see. First the good is that all the staff are very good and friendly. Rest rooms are older but were very clean and in good repair. No heat or air as most of the older parks but very usable unless like us were there when it was close to 25 F Burr. Most of the camp sights were private. Now the not so good. Take what you need as it is about 14 miles to a Super Wall-Mart. That is the closest food store. There is no store of any kind in the park. There is one about 3-1/2 miles for things like bread and milk. If you go to town to eat stay away from Perkins on 60. It took us one hour to get food that was not up to fast food taste. Most of the camp sights are under trees and need to look for dead wood hanging over your RV that can come down in a good wind. Some sights are a lot better than others. We will camp here again.
We camped here on a special that included tickets to the Lion Country Safari park. The People that run the park go out of there way to please you. Check in was a breeze and they lead you to your sight and help you park.They park every one so you are straight with the concrete patio that is provided for all sights. You also have more room than on some of the commercial camp grounds I have see. They have a very nice heated pool and a big area for the kids to play with swings and such a pet area for your pets to play. At night you will hear the roar of the lions and the monkeys in the morning from the park right next door to the campground. The only down side I saw was that if you use there showers and rest rooms they are on one end of the camp and a good walk depending on where you are. Also need 20 to 25 feet of sewer hose and the pipes are about 6 inch`s high off the ground. So a support for the hose is also a good idea if you are going to leave it open to drain. If you go make sure you go through Lion Country Safari park. If you have pets you have to leave them at a kennel at the park or in your RV at camp. They do not allow any soft tops or open cars in the park but do rent cars just for the park. They do run specials and there prices are not bad for this day and time. Kids will learn a lot more than at the big theme parks in Orlando for a lot less money.
This park has just reopened after renovation so needs some time for the landscape to grow back.The camping spots are really nice other than the landscape being bare between a lot of sights. The staff is great. Finding a pool at a Government park was a surprise. Now for the bad: if you take a kayak, it is a good walk down to the river. They do have a cart for you to haul it on. The other thing is that to get to the springs you have to drive out of the park and come back in on the other side which is a good little drive. You can not swim over the spring itself as it is roped off but has a swimming area; as does the camping side.The park itself is an old tourist park from the 1930's and is a nice walk through it. We will go back.
The sights are nice with full hook ups. The restrooms are clean but need work on stall door locks. Only thing with sites is to make sure there are no dead limbs over your RV. They said they were going to have the trees trimmed but at this time there is a lot of dead limbs hanging and ready to fall at any time. They say the Springs are closed until September but will give you a pass to Silver Glen Springs that is about 12 miles south on Hwy 19. It is a nice place to go for the day. The people are nice and helpful. The down side is the springs are closed. There is no or very little cell phone service. There is a little grocery store close but we would say take what you need as it is pricey on a lot of things and not a big choice of things.The closest full grocery is a Super Wal-Mart 20 miles north on Hwy 19. A word of caution: there is and old ferry road that goes by the camp ground. DO NOT TRY IT unless you are four wheel drive with sand tires. It is a 7 mile sand pit. I would give the camp ground a 9, but with half the park closed so a 6 is about the best I can do.
This is a nice clean park with outstanding park staff. The rest rooms and showers are old and unheated but very clean.That is the only downside. The park has nice hiking trails with lots of deer and turkeys to see.The roads are good for biking with a few hills and if up to it one can ride all the way to Keystone Heights on a nice paved bike trail that runs beside route 21.The lakes are low as all the lakes in the area but kids can still swim at the beach.There is a lot of history built into the park and is one of the oldest if not the oldest in Florida. It was built buy the CCC. We will go back.
The park staff are very nice. The RV pads are hard packed shell and clean. The bath house is being up dated at this time and the showers are closed on loop 30-60 but can go a 2/10 mile walk to the other side of the circle to shower. The park over all is kept clean and rangers patrol often. There are many hiking trails but it is not to good for off road biking as it is dry and loose sand on most trails as it is very dry there. The spring is nice with lots of picnic tables in the area. Stores are less than five miles for any thing you might need. We will go back to this park.
This could be a great park but at the time needs work. The Pine Grove camp ground has the dump station and one bath room shut down. Also they are not policing the park too well, as there were boom boxes on until 3.30 AM on the weekends.The river camp ground was full with cars parked every where, to where you could not get a trailer through the road with out dragging limbs. They say two cars per sight, but as with the quiet time, they did not enforce it. Some rangers are very nice some not so nice. There are a lot of places to ride bikes but most of the old roads are blocked off for what ever reason. This could be a very nice park but at the time is not close to what most of the Florida state parks are, as far as rangers and the general condition of the park.
At the time they are working on painting so the camp store and grill are closed. This is a very nice park and one of the best in Florida for fishing. We have camped here in the past and as all ways the staff do there best to see that the park is clean and safe. There is a road that runs between the camp sites and river front sites.
The only reason this is not a ten is the bath rooms and showers on the beach sights are not heated. The river sights are just very fine dirt. It was dry when we were there but the river camp sights would turn to sticky mud if it rains. The beach side spots are shell and sand. So you have a choice. A really nice shower and rest rooms on the river side or better parking spots on the beach side as far as tracking dirt into your RV. But the showers are not heated on the beach side and it was about 40 degrees while we were there. The showers and rest rooms on the river side could be in any five star resort. I was told that the same was coming for the beach side camp ground. Also the parking spots are a lot bigger on the river side and a lot more private.
Park was clean, and staff was very friendly. The down side was restrooms and showers could be updated. Also they were not heated, and with open ends when the weather is cold it can be a little nippy taking a shower. Some camp sights are tight to get a big rig in and are uneven ground side to side, which a few 2x8`s will fix. Also dump station is on a hill so depending on how your tanks are built that is good or bad.
The park staff is nice but the park can use some improvements. We got there after a heavy rain and our camp sight was a mud hole. The area is nice and a lot of things to see. They seem to be working on the camp ground and may be better by now. The rest rooms and showers look fairly new and were very clean. The sight we were on is number 008 and is low. If going back would pick a sight other than it.
Very nice park but crowded most of the time. But if going to Key West about as close as you will get with out paying a lot more. The rangers are nice and the park is clean. The down side is that it is close to US one and the traffic noise is pretty loud. Other than that if there enduring the summer make sure to have mosquito spray and a good air conditioner.
This is a very nice park and the rangers are very friendly. We had trouble with our 30 amp plug as who every was there last had burnt it up. They went out of there way to get it fixed. Even after I told them I could get by with the 20 amp. They have Wi-Fi at Land Joe's at the beach. The grill is only open on week ends this time of year but the little store is open every day. Some sights may not fit your rig if a high fifth wheel on motor home due to low limbs even if sight is long enough for you. Rest rooms and showers are very clean as is the camp ground and park.