Date of Stay: June, 2015
Very few RV spots and they could be difficult to get into as road is narrow. Seemed to be a lot of either full timers or people that keep their sites for weekends/summer. We were there for 3 nights during the week. It was quiet and all of the residents were nice. Friday afternoon lots of people came in for the weekend. Pool was great! They also had boat docks and boats for rent. Restrooms were clean and showers appeared to be new. Office did have some supplies like ice, beer and maybe wine and a few t-shirts/hats, etc. The only complaint we would have is that we were very close to the entrance road and people would come through and stir up dust. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and will probably be back. But, if you are coming for lots to do, this isn't the place unless you fish, kayak or just want to relax, which is what we like.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
Very easy access with lots of privacy. Most spots looked fairly shaded. Saw lots of rabbits in this park. More than we've ever seen in any other state park. Weeknights were not crowded. Should know that there's a speedway just down the street so lots of noise from this on weekends. Also, nice lake but limited as far as to size of boat motors. Nothing over 20 hp. Swimming area was loaded with lots of water hyacinth I would not swim in it. However, on Saturday a group of Boy Scouts were there clearing it out so you could swim. About 10 minutes from shopping and about a half hour to beaches depending on traffic. Overall nice quiet park other than the noise from the speedway.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
When we called the office to make reservations we had asked about the river front spaces. We were told that they were all made for Motor Homes and that all the hookups would be on the wrong side. (Too bad they don't have a few for us that have to back in.) They did offer to loan us extensions but we opted for a space right across from the river. Our spot was easy to get into. First evening the biting flies were really bad. (Guess we should have known that due to the name.) Also found that the cable did not work for us or our neighbor. (This was corrected next day.) Restrooms were very clean however, only 1 open on the ladies side and one on the men's. Could not find the showers and was told the next day that they are only in the handicapped restrooms so only 2 for the whole camp? I was told that they would open the other restrooms when it got busier. We were there on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night and it did get busier but never saw anymore of them opened. We did use the pool and it was very nice. Boat docks and ramp were busy and seemed to be in good shape. Nice tables to sit at and watch the boaters coming in. Some rules about golf carts being only for seniors and disabled. Was not an issue for us. Also rule about not bringing in wood. We normally carry our own as most state parks allow you to. We did see people gathering their own instead of buying from the office. Pets were supposed to be kept on a leash no longer than 6 foot. However, there were several that were running loose. One came into the campsite next door to us that had a dog and they went to the office to report it. It ended up belonging to one of the full time residents. Overall nice stay and we would return again.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
Large pull-through sites. Adults only (over 30). Great screened in pool. Cable/Direct TV was limited and went in and out but that was OK with us. Friendly owners. Lots of large live oaks. Both shaded and sunny spots. Concrete pad and picnic table in each spot. Lots of room between spots. We were only there for 2 nights. Only issue we had was no toilet paper in ladies room either day and no hand towels in men's. Showers were big and clean. We would stay here again as we enjoy biking in the area. Did seem to be a lot of full timers but all places were neatly kept.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
Our site was very easy to get into and most looked to be that way. Park is now called Silver Springs State Park and you can gain access to the attraction for free as long as you have your camping info. Glass bottom boat rides are extra. We rode our bikes out of the camping area and down to the main entrance. Unfortunately there is no place to swim but there are places to put a canoe or kayak in. Some off road bike trails but you have to be careful as many of them are either swampy or too sandy to ride. Nice cracker village and museum but they were closed during our visit. Campground was pretty full but still quiet.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
We found this park to be very quiet and not crowded. Maybe people were turned off by the prior review, but we loved it. We had a reservations but had not reserved any particular spot. The host was not available when we arrived so we called and were told that he was out mowing and that we could take any site that did not have a reserved sign. There were many to chose from and we drove around once just to look at them all. After one time around the host came up to us and mentioned that the best spots were in the tree lined areas on either side of the park. The middle areas had little shade and the temps were expected to be in the mid 90s. We chose a spot on the west side. Plenty of room for our 24ft TT. Nice pool with no one there on Friday. We used it several times and it was open to dusk, which we enjoyed. Paved path over to the springs which were very nice. The spring had just opened a few weeks before. (At this time of the year this area can flood due to the high waters of the Suwannee River draining into the springs.) We experienced no fire ants or gnats as prior poster had mentioned. Bathrooms very clean but very hot! Fans or vents would be a nice welcome. There were bike lanes on the road coming in and all the way to the paved Nature Coast Trail. Overall, we enjoyed our stay.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
Very quiet park. We were in # 16 which was very nice and right next to the overlook so only neighbors on one side. Our satellite worked well in this site, but could be a problem in others due to the trees. We got there on a Thursday and there were only 3 other campers in the park. By the weekend there were probably about 10 others and that included the yurt and cabin. This is the first state park we've been too where you proceed to the sight. There's no check-in at the gate. The sign said to check in between 3 and 5 at the building in the center of the campground, but no one was there. Awhile later the ranger came by with the info to re-enter the campground after hours. Most of the other campers were tent campers and most people were hiking. This location is far from any groceries and gas so come prepared. Not many restaurants to chose from either, but we enjoyed our stay. The view was wonderful and even though we didn't do the tour of the house, the view from the back was great. Restrooms were very clean!
Date of Stay: December, 2012
I can't think of anything bad to say about this campground. Everything was immaculate. It was too cold to go in the pool, but it looked great. Wi-Fi worked great. Clubhouse open 24 hours. Book, dvds, ping pong, large screen TV with recliners. Office staff was friendly and helpful. Bathrooms were very nice and very handicap friendly. 6 miles from Cedar Key, but that was fine with us. Quiet, which is what we like. Looks like there are some monthly spots but all of them looked well maintained. We will stay here again, but when the weather gets warmer.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
Great State Park. We stayed in the older section which has smaller sites but we backed up to the lake across from the beach. We had a great time bike riding out on 30a from Grayton west one day and then east the next. Restrooms and showers were fine but much older than most of the other parks we had stayed in. They did have a newer set of restrooms in the other section. Newer section did not have a lot of areas with shade so we were happy with our choice. We did get lots of breeze and did end up turning off our a/c one day. Roads in older section had lots of potholes mainly due to all the rain that they had had. The last day we were there they were coming around and leveling the roads out and filling in some of the holes. Rangers offered us a map of the area that showed all the grocery stores as well as local shops. We even had a Starbucks less than a half mile outside the park.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
Very small campground but nice. We had a pull through site. Campground is at the very top of a hill that looks down on the lake. Paths to the lake are very steep but worth the walk. We did not go in the water but there was a swimming area. Ranger was very helpful with suggestions on restaurants. There is a Wal-Mart very close which is convenient. We were here on a Saturday and Sunday and park still had lots of openings. We had rain on both days but on one morning we did go to the waterfall which was running. There is a sign as you come in the park that depending on the weather, it may or may not be running.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
Nice campground. Very quiet. Interesting history. We didn't canoe or Kayak but most people were there for that. We did ride our mountain bikes around the area and enjoyed the history. We found the old cemetery. Restrooms were clean. Had an issue with what we thought was a wheel bearing on our travel trailer when we pulled in.Ranger gave us a card for a repairman who was out early the next morning and resolved the issue. We stayed in spot #24 which was small but we fit easily.
Date of Stay: December, 2011
Great park. We rode our bikes on the beach at night with our lights. We stayed in the Coquina loop which we liked. Site was easy to get into. We biked over to the lighthouse and other areas near the park. Took our bikes into downtown St Augustine and rode around on Chrismas day. Park was quiet at night. Restrooms were older in our loop, but clean. WI-FI at beach pavillion, but not real strong. Grocery store (Publix) several miles south on A1A.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
We enjoyed our stay here. We stayed in #32 and it was nice. I will say it's not as private as some parks. There are trees for shade but very open areas between lots. The springs were great. We enjoyed taking a dip several times throughout the day. Not much biking except for to and from the springs. We saw several trails but they all showed no biking. Restrooms were very clean. Nice small grocery store just outside the park and the prices were reasonable. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
We arrived early Friday afternoon. This is the first park where I have encountered a park ranger with a bit of an attitude. When we approached the gate, we slowed and then pulled over to the right hand side in the parking area just past the gate. There was no traffic in either direction but we didn't want to hold up others that might be coming through. I got out and went in to check in (we had reservations) The young female park ranger immediately scolded me for not stopping completely. I apologized and tried to explain that we slowed down and then pulled over to get out of the way but she didn't seem to want to hear. Once I gave her our name she gave me the pass for our vehicle. Never gave me directions or map of the campground layout or directions. I asked for a map of the trails and she gave me one. After this everything was great! Our site was very close to the springs (94). Right after we arrived the deer came visiting and did so at least twice a day. Site was a little uneven and tilted down towards the back. Very sandy and unfortunately we had lots of rain for both days we were there so we had lots of mud. The north trails provided a great ride on our mountain bikes. There is also a bike lane that runs from the campground east almost 6 miles to the Nature Coast Trail. Springs felt great on a hot day. Our site was next to the trail that went down to the springs and people were headed to the springs until almost 9 at night. Very quiet campground. Restrooms were a bit muddy due to all the rain, which was to be expected.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
Wonderful beaches that go for miles and miles and not crowded. Great biking as well and a path that goes from the entrance of the state park all the way to the other end of the island. We stayed in #19 which had almost no shade and this was a negative when the temps were in the high 90s. Most of the other sites were shaded. All park staff were very nice. Campers across from us left tiki torches burning and left. Surprising when there was a burn ban on. Host came around, saw them, knocked on their door and then put them out. Several really nice pavilions on the beach with ADA access. Loved riding the bikes on the beach at sunset. Only 1 set of rest rooms open but this didn't seem to be an issue even though park was full.