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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

One of the best FL State parks, and our favorite. Palmetto flats is newest section and has full hookups. CAUTION: Palmetto Ridge has two PULL-IN ONLY sites (60 and 61, which was our site). We were thrilled to get any spot there but only noticed the pull-in limitations a few months before we were headed there. Had not heard of pull-in only sites before, so we called the Park Ranger before we cancelled and he felt sure we could make it work. Pull-in only sites have hookups on the LEFT SIDE as you pull into the site, so backing in won't work. Thankfully our trailer was only 24 feet so we were able to pull in, unhook, and then back my tow vehicle out of the site, although it was a tight fit driving by my trailer. I don't believe there's enough room for a 5th wheel to use 60 or 61. Additionally, the sewer connection is more than 20 feet from the electric and water, so had to use two sections of sewer line and almost needed an extension cord to reach the electrical. Also, the sewer connection is on a concrete pedestal about 1 1/2 feet above the ground and made draining from my trailer difficult. That said, the sites are spacious, private, level and covered with gravel edged in concrete. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
60
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There's a new Publix about 15 minutes away on Bea Rd Extension. Birdwalk is great just before sunset for bird watching. Bring your bikes and kayaks or rent one, its awesome here and gators won't bother you. Try the airboat ride on Upper Myakka Lake, then take the tram ride for half price and get lots of fascinating local history info.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon, Florida

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

One of our favorite campgrounds for many reasons. Full hookups, well placed within raised and timber enclosed pedestals. Level, gravel surfaced sites with plenty of room and privacy for us, although some sites looked a little tight for the large rigs with multiple slides. Each site in our loop had a fire ring, grill, picnic table and clothesline. There are two loops, one with mostly open sites, some wooded and some tent camping, and a second loop with privacy for each site. The first loop has rest rooms and a large laundry room in the same building with the ranger, and includes a rec room with tv, pool and ping pong. The second loop (our preference) has two very nice bathhouses that were kept spotless during our stay, and each has a washer and dryer as well. You can rent canoes/kayaks from the ranger office at a reasonable rate and launch them (or your own) a short walk to the campground river access, where you can also swim in the crystal clear spring water. We really enjoyed the river and wildlife, which included eagles, cormorants, river otters, and even wild pigs in the campground. We also enjoyed biking in the campground, including along the paved tram road that runs down to the river (tram doesn't run in February). We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
39
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Blue Run park, just south of Rainbow Springs State Park and across the street from "Swampy's" restaurant is where the Rainbow River from the State Park head springs joins the Withlachoochee river. Free kayak launching from there, as well a great flat bike ride. Close shopping and a few restaurants in Dunnelon with Walmart and Winn Dixie. La Rue's ice cream shop and "Go For Donuts" are a must, as is Just a Cupcake with great sups, sandwiches and desserts.

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park), Ocala, Florida

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Massive (almost twice what you'd expect), level sites with privacy. Our site (48) was full hookups, but not all have sewer. Water and power both good. Hosts keep the place spotless! Pea gravel and good drainage round out great sites. Newer, very clean bath and showers with very hot water. Washer/dryer at the bath for $1 each, very convenient. Great cell and good OTA TV coverage, good for satellite folks as well. No wifi at campsites, but the nearby springs area with glass-bottom boats and snack shops has strong wifi. Plenty of shopping and restaurants nearby. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
48
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Fat Boys BBQ and Great Wall Chinese (both on hwy 40 near the campground) were outstanding.

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Hillsborough River State Park, Thonotosassa, Florida

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Great park, especially the staff of rangers and volunteers. They host weekly potluck dinner, morning coffees and really make you feel welcome. Sites are level and big enough, but not overly large. Our site (111) was just long enough for our 30 ft trailer w/no slides and car parked beside it. Loop curve and trees made backing in a little challenging but no complaints. Bath by our site (111) was quite old and never looked clean because of that even when cleaned daily, and water wasn't hot enough for me but OK for wife. I made the trek to the newer bath by site #3 for nice hot shower. Nearest grocery is 15 minutes away, or further if you want more than relatively bare bones Winn-Dixie. 35 minute drive to Ybor City for great restaurants and Saturday farmers market, plus all that Tampa offers. Great cell and OTA TV coverage. Satellite folks will have difficulty due to tree cover. Good water pressure and power (5 hour power failure external to park notwithstanding, and rangers stayed til it came back on around 9PM). Newer baths and full hookups would boost park to a 10. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
111
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great biking at Flatwoods Park and Campbell Causeway. Ybor City Farmers Market every Saturday, lots of free range chickens and roosters roaming there!

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Little Talbot State Park, Jacksonville, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground on the marsh with a great beach side area as well for day use (no camping). Our site #37 was pull through, but very few of the sites are big rig friendly, and many have overhanging tree limbs that would be problematic for any rig other than a tent. The sites nearest the pier and boat launch parking will accommodate larger rigs, but the park roads are narrow, unpaved (very dusty), and are not one-way only. Also, at many of the sites the water is on the opposite side and well away from the electric hookup. Ours was 30-35 feet away, so be prepared with a spare 25' water hose! Groceries are over 30 minutes away going North or South on A1A. The Harris Teeter at Fernandina Beach was horrible and we opted to just drive south for everything. Sand dollar restaurant south of the park was excellent. Good Verizon coverage and full range of OTA channels. Lots of historical sites nearby and great biking along the beachside. We camped at Little Talbot State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
37
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Blue Spring State Park, Orange City, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

One of our favorite campgrounds. Sites are not always level, but lots of privacy and just roomy enough with water and electric. Two of the three bathrooms are new and excellent, and there is a washer/dryer at both. You can bike directly from the park onto Volusia County's paved and mostly level bike trails, a very extensive and expanding system. Get the County app for your phone to see them all. Good Verizon coverage and plenty of OTA channels; adjacent town of Orange City has all you'll need and there's plenty to do in the area. Jan/Feb is best time to go as the manatees use the warmer water of the Spring to sleep at night. You'll see literally hundreds of them, depending on how cold it is. Park opens at 0830 AM and there's a long line until early afternoon, so you may wait 45 minutes to get back into the park from a morning bagel run. We love to walk down to the spring just after dawn while the ranger is counting the manatees. We camped at Blue Spring State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Wekiwa Springs State Park, Apopka, Florida

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Great campground with lots of hiking trails and easy biking on the park roads. As always, rangers were very friendly and helpful. Sites were roomy and level, but not a lot of privacy. Most have hammock posts. Bring plenty of skin so soft or Deep Woods as the no-see-ums are blood thirsty and a real pestilence. Bathrooms were clean but a little dated, but hot showers with decent pressure. Good cell coverage and lots of OTA channels, plus Apopka has all you'll need close by. Swimming in the spring was great (70 degree water) and the area is large so it doesn't feel crowded even with a lot of people there. Park is popular for day use, so you may wait 20-45 minutes to get back into the park from a morning bagel run. Lots of wild turkeys wandering the park, great photo opp. We camped at Wekiwa Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great Seafood at Ray's Fish and Chips in Apopka.

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Davidson River Campground, USFS, Brevard, North Carolina

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

One of our favorite campgrounds despite electric only and some bathroom issues. Beautiful, roomy, level, wooded campsites with plenty of level hiking and paved biking opportunities and a short ride to Blue Ridge Parkway. Excellent ranger station close by, as well numerous hiking, biking trails and waterfalls. You can bike from campground right into Brevard on paved bike path. Town of Brevard is just outside the campground and has all you'll need for restaurants and groceries. No cell coverage except in the central parking lot and just outside the camp. Horrible (dated and not very clean) bathrooms and push-button showers. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my tent trailer
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

From the time we drove in we were impressed with the layout and condition of the grounds. Lots to see and do, including their own fishing pier (great hand-dipped ice cream there as well!). Campsites were nicely wooded, spacious and generally level. Our site was 236, great location. We wouldn't recommend the outer sites of circle 6 that are pretty wet/swampy (sites 300-326), or sites 17-19 for the same reason. Short walk to the beach from all sites. Nice biking and walking trails around the campsites and along the beach. Free wifi that worked quite well, and good Verizon cell coverage. Plenty of bathrooms, but finding a hot shower was elusive. Most were tepid or just plane cold. Even after complaints resulted in a technician's arrival, his idea of hot water indicated that tepid was just fine if the selected temperature of their system was 125 degrees, regardless if the actual delivered temperature would produce even a warm shower. Only drawback to a wonderful camping experience and what kept it from being a 10. Reserve well in advance, it stays pretty full, especially the full hookups. Looking forward to many future camping outings here. We camped at Myrtle Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
236
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Lots of local attractions, and used our Myrtle Beach State Park hang tag to visit Hunting Beach State Park a short drive south. Cyclopedia bike rentals in Pawleys Island had great rates and service. Grahams Landing seafood restaurant in Murrells Inlet also highly recommended

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