Date of Stay: May, 2016
We camped here 5/15 thru 5/26. The park is clean and is well maintained. There is WIFI at the office and the staff is always nice. There is not a lot to do here but camp,swim in the spring,and fish in the lake outside of the spring. No fishing in the spring which is good with swimmers in it most of the time in warm weather. The springs have a wall built around it on three sides like a swimming pool with no diving off of the wall. Take your supplies with you as it is about 19 miles to a Walmart if you go north on Hiway 19. There is a dollar store about a mile of the entrance for milk, bread, and packaged foods. A good place to camp for a quite week except for the weekends when the campground is full. All sites are paved with full hook up in the RV part.There are tent sites also at a lower rate.but no power.
Date of Stay: March, 2015
This park is great. All rangers and host went out of there way to make you feel welcome. There is Hiking, Biking, Kayaks canoes and bikes for rent. They have WIFI that you can pick up in the parking lot at the office. The lake looks to be great for padding plus you can go up the river and drift back into the lake.
Date of Stay: March, 2015
This campground has level gravel sites and is a good park to Hike, bike, and see the bell tower a tribute to Stephen Foster. There is a lot of his pianos, antiques and art work on display there.
Date of Stay: March, 2015
This is a good park to bike ride, kayak, hike and fish. The host and most of the rangers are great. They were having a Triathlon while we were there so could not go to the beach on one of the lakes. Getting on to 27 going north can be trying and dangerous depending on what time of day you leave the camp ground. The roads are paved with some shape curves getting to the campground from the gate. Sites are pea gravel with some being not to level. There is no store in the camp ground and is about a eight mile drive to any were to buy anything. They do rent kayaks canoes and bicycles. We camped on site 41 and it was very level with no shade.
Date of Stay: February, 2015
Park has slipped a little from two years ago. WIFI no longer works and park did not seem as well maintained as it was last trip here. It may be that it was the time of year and they have had some bad weather. Also think they were short some camp host. There was nothing that would keep me from camping here again. Still a nice park for biking, hiking, and seeing the real Florida. Any store you may need with in ten miles but does not feel like it when camping here.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
This park is nice but could be better. As the swimming pool is still closed and don`t think it will ever open again. Grass could be cut in some places. Now for the good. The staff are friendly and helpful. The sites are nice, level and clean. The weekends can be a little loud as there is a lot of young campers there but you camp here to Kayak and float the river. If you are alone it is 11.00 dollars for a tube and the tram back to the camp ground. Or if you have two cars take one to the take out point, use your own tube or Kayak and it is all in the price of camping here. A good place to Kayak as the current is not so strong as you cannot paddle up river. They do have a store in the camp ground with very limited supplies. But A Super WalMart is about ten miles. If you don`t go for the water sports go in the winter as it is hot with only a little shade in the camp ground. There is another part of this park that you have to drive around to that is about eight miles. It is an old zoo and park that closed many years ago but a nice place to walk. They do have flowers and a butterfly garden. It is included in your camping fee but must take your windshield sticker or ask at the store for a pass to get in the park.
Date of Stay: March, 2013
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.
Date of Stay: December, 2012
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.
Date of Stay: October, 2012
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.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
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.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
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.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
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.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
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.
Date of Stay: April, 2012
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.
Date of Stay: March, 2012
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.