Park was kept very clean. Camp sites are rather tight, If you have your slide outs out, you could not open your awning. Great place to go snorkeling. We were lucky to get in as they opened early after doing all the renovations. We would camp here again.
Great place to go canoeing or kayaking. We saw several iguanas in the mangroves in the park. Very quiet sites with white gravel base instead of messy sand. We will definitely come back. My only negative comment is that the washrooms had chemical urinals’ and toilets. They were kept spotless, but you could still smell them.
We stayed in a Red Carpet site: Water, Electric, Cable TV and Sewer. Each of these sites has a cement pad. These sites cost more on the weekends. Washrooms and showers were spotless. Staff were friendly and helpful with directions. We will stay here again.
Most sites are very large, well spaced with trees or bushes between. At check-in you are assigned a Loop and site color-code to fit your size rig. You can drive around your assigned Loop and select the campsite you prefer. To me this is a poor reservation system, if you arrive late there may not be a site that you can fit into (that is for us with larger rigs). If we go again our reservation will start on a Monday, that way more sites will be open. We stayed in Loop G, near the beach and away from the road. There is a bike trail, and hiking trails across the road. WiFi is available near the Park Headquarters, strong signal and fast server.
This is a great park for canoeing, the rail trail for biking is about a 2 km bike ride away. The Wi-Fi is available at the Visitors Center about 8 miles away, it is very slow. There are only a few sites available for big rigs, reserve early or you won't get in.
If you have a big rig be careful, the roads are very narrow. Most sites are on the small size. All sites have lots of shade. The park is great for hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking. We saw lots of wildlife, including alligators, bison, wild horses, deer and wild turkeys. A 50-foot-high observation tower near the visitor center provides a panoramic view of the preserve. The wild horses were at the tower on our visit. To see the bison we hiked on one of the prairie trails. Well worth the easy hike. It got warm on our last day and the bugs came out, on the other days there were very few bugs. We will camp here again.
The renovation is wonderful, one of the few state parks with sewers. Sites are spacious, and plenty of room between you and your neighbor. There are very few signs taking you to campground entrance. The campground is located on S.W. 180th Avenue Road about two miles north of County Road 484 and two miles south of State Road 40, it is near the Tube Entrance, not the head springs. The Rainbow River is popular for swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, and kayaking. You can see the fish and turtles swim thru the water. The water is clean for about 7 miles. There was more day use people on the weekend. We will visit again.
Most of the sites are close together, the site beside us had a camp fire and the smoke filled our HM. Our site was flooded with water when we had 3" of rain in 24 hours. With the rains the water level in the river was higher than the past few years. It was great for the canoe. Lots of wildlife in and along the river. The road in the park has been upgraded with a bike lane, great for us with bikes. We will stay here again.
We stayed here 14 days in a waterfront site. I would rate this park a 10 except for the shower building. This winter was very windy and cold and the wind blows thru the openings in the roof. The waterfront sites can be very windy, but well worth it. There is a paved bike trail that goes to the beach area. The entire bike trail may be about 10 miles. There is Wi-Fi but you need to use it at or near the office. From 9 to 5 sometimes you can not connect as the connection is shared with all county workers. The Park staff are friendly and helpful. We will stay here again.
One of the best parks for water wildlife. I would rate this park a 10 if there was not a train track beside the park. Every time the train goes by it blows it's horn. There is a paved bike trail beside the park. Great place to take a canoe ride in the St Johns River: many gators, birds and manatee eating in the river. The spring had over 200 manatee in it so it is closed to swimmers and canoes. We will stay here again.
We stayed in the sites by the ocean. It was very windy and cool when we were here. A sub went by when we were here. The washroom and showers in this area are very old, the showers are actually open to the outdoors. We went by the river campground where they have a brand new heated washroom and shower building. Not many Florida State parks have heated washrooms. We stayed here 4 nights. We will stay here again.
Wonderful park host and nature representative. They were very friendly. This is a small park, but there were lots of birds and some small wild pigs. We will stay here again. There is a pool, but it is closed due to budget cuts by the State.