Our first stay was 10 days in length. Our second stay was for 8 days. We enjoyed this campground. The bathrooms were clean and conveniently located. The sites are level and roomy. As previously noted there is no shade at all but this was not a problem for us. The only issue we noted is that the campground is very popular which causes a lot of movement in and out of the campground with the usual traffic jams. I would advise anyone having a reservation during the busy season (January thru March) to arrive late rather than early on the arrival date. There is usually a line up to get in to the park and there is not very much space in the parking lot for those waiting. We will definitely camp here again.
This park was such a shock to my husband and me. We have been camping in Florida state parks since the end of November, 2012. We have had a favorable impression of the campgrounds until we came to this park. The sites are not cared for at all. They are not level, not raked as in the other parks, tons of leaves and other debris in sites and surrounding fire rings. If you want a fire make sure you bring your own rake. The bathrooms are horrible: outdated, crumbling and very dirty. There were volunteers during our stay but the one in our loop did absolutely nothing during our time there. Some of them in the other loops did try. The people at the gate were very friendly and helpful. The access road is very narrow and is surrounded by trees and vegetation. The big rigs had difficulty accessing their sites. I would suggest you visit the spring and boardwalk as a day trip but I would not recommend staying in the campground.
We stayed at this campground for a week. Site 12. Very uneven. Wide so backing in so was not an issue. The restrooms were clean. The regular shower in the ladies restroom had little pressure. Didn't have an issue getting hot water. So many pretty birds. A big plus is the gardens and spring head park. We really enjoyed the trails. Very pretty. The walk to the river from the campground was pleasant in the evenings. We enjoyed the nearby town of Dunnellon.
We stayed here over the Christmas holiday week. Took a river cruise at the park on Christmas eve. We liked the campground but it is true there is no shade and no privacy. Close proximity to the inter-coastal and ocean was a plus. The sites were mostly level (we stayed here twice) and the restrooms were clean for the most part. One of the volunteers was less fastidious about his cleaning responsibilities but for the most part the restrooms were clean. The park rangers were mostly friendly and helpful. The trails were for bike riders, not so much for hikers.
We enjoyed this campground but there were a few problems. there is only one washer and one dryer for 45 sites. During our stay the dryer was broken the entire stay. There are no clean laundromats in nearby towns. Also one of the ladies' toilets was out of service for a few days. The floor of the ladies restroom was not mopped during our stay. The campground is peaceful. The nearby town of LaBelle has limited shopping opportunities. I think some people would think this area is boring. We found it peaceful. The nightly rate is the senior rate.
We found this campground to be extremely clean, the host was very friendly and accommodating. Since we did not unhook we were able to walk to the nearby Cracker Barrel for a real Thanksgiving dinner. Overall a great experience. All the sites are pull throughs. The only slight negative comment is that the restrooms were quite cool when taking a shower. Other than that a great experience...the Christmas lights were a nice touch.