8.4 Good
     
Dunnellon, Florida

Rainbow Springs State Park

Dunnellon, Florida


10830 SW 180th Avenue Rd.
Dunnellon, Florida 34432
Phone: (352) 465-8555

Sites: 54
Recent Rate: $32 4/2017

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Latitude: 29.086830524062
Longitude: -82.417541498642
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games yes
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards yes
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great campground, we really enjoyed our stay. A lot to do in the area. Level & well drained sites, river and spring nearby are beautiful. A few things would have made this a 9. 1. Store is terrible. Doesn't sell anything, no ice, and you have to have $7 cash to buy a bundle of firewood. 2. Be sure you read the entire email they send---pertinent and buried at the bottom--if you are arriving late you must call before 5 to get the gate code or you won't get in. 3. Tubing is seasonal--which I never saw written anywhere. We were disappointed to find that although it was spring break and over 90 degrees, it's only offered on weekends and ends at 3:30 so our Sun-Fri stay missed it entirely. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
35 Loop B
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Rent a canoe and go upstream a mile or drive to the main spring. You can also swim in the shallow river at campground. Nearby La Chua trail offers amazing wildlife viewing. Homosassa Springs, see Manatee through underwater observatory. We are at Blue Gator and Front Porch in town. Both ok.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Park was very nice and quiet during our mid week stay. We enjoyed our stay, but would suggest a through cleaning of the restrooms and shower facilities. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed here for a get away since it is close to home. Loved that it had sewer; however, bath house was very unclean. Hair in drain, toilet paper all over floor, toilet paper dispensers empty with the rolls sitting on top of them. Even after the floors had been "hosed down," (clearly as there was about 2 inches of standing water on the floor) there was still toilet paper on the floor in several corners.

Teenage campers in loop A where loud and unsupervised. Thankfully we were in loop B, so it was more quiet. Not much shade unless you choose sites 6-23. If this campground had camp hosts, it would make a huge difference.

On the positive side, it is close to the river, and has very reasonable canoe and kayak rentals on the campground property. Much cheaper than renting them from the vendor at the head springs. It is also close to town with restaurants and Walmart.

Would stay here again, but probably not on a weekend. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
34
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
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Penn Station Deli and Grill has amazing made to order Cuban food. Cash only.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in the park for 5 days. Monday through Friday. Tubing is only on weekends this time of the year. Rented a canoe and had a great time. There are three loops I stayed in loop B site 2. Great level back in site. I have a 40ft 5th wheel and Ford 350 and had plenty of room. I checked out the other two loops and I did not like loop A. B and C were very nice. Only one pull through site per loop so if you need that have to make sure you get your reservation. Sewer location on site was a bit far. It was in back corner of site. About 20 ft. Power available was 20/30/50 amp. And water was great. I would definitely recommend this park. Saw deer and turkeys in morning while I drank my coffee. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2_B
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Great location only 5 min to town of Dunnellon, Walmart close and three good restaurants close. Nothing fancy but good food. Swamp, Blue Gator and Camille are restaurants we checked out.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Very, very pleased with our stay here. Super long and spacious sites, many of them fairly private. Gravel, very level, easy access to hookups, including sewer. Had stand-up grill plus campfire ring with grate. Bathhouse was kept super clean. Only minor fault with the site (and with most of them) is despite the shrubbery keeping the sites private, not enough tall trees to create any shade. Waited for the sun to go down each night before grilling.

Campground swim area is small but adequate for cooling off in the cold spring water. Nice tubing set up, drive over and park a couple miles away at next door park facility for free with campground car tag, then tram back to campground where tubing entrance is, grab a tube, and then 2 hours down the river back to the parking facility. $15 per person includes tram ride and tube. Main part of state park is on the other side of the river with its own parking; campground car tag gets you in free there also. Lots of nice trails and more swimming. Very short on picnic tables though. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 7
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
20 Amp, 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:

Less than an hour away for other day trips - Manatee Springs State Park, Cedar Key, Homosassa Springs State Park, Crystal River State Park & Archaeological Site.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

Wonderful stay!!! Lot neighbors are nearby. Sites offer some shade, are gravel and feature a fire ring and picnic table. Restrooms and showers were clean.

Recommend kayaking on the springs and bring a snorkel and mask. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my truck camper and a trailer too
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Recommend kayaking on the springs.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

Love this state park but it seems the campground is having a rough time. No campground host & only 1 ranger on the grounds during normal working hours (no one at night). When we arrived our site was still occupied & no one was available to do anything about it. We called the office (poor ranger was checking people in & had to help us ...at that point we had no idea no one else was available) & she sent us to the only other available site. Over the weekend we observed single sites with 15-20 people staying overnight (site limit is 8), the swim area was too small for how many people were camping & the grounds were unkempt with garbage overflowing the cans & the grass in need of mowing. The showers were filthy & no one around to clean up. If they get a couple campground hosts & a few extra rangers this campground could be really nice. We won't be back. First state park we have felt this way about. This seems to be a campground for large groups of young kids camping with a few chaperones in 3-4 tents/ site (plus a few extra cars for the adults to sleep in). We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, 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:

bright spot to this trip ... rental of a double kayak from the campground was only $25 for the whole day & taking it up to the headsprings was great (but it was darn heavy & well made)

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice quiet campground, level gravel sites. Partial shade in one loop, no shade in other. Facilities are good and maintained, staff friendly and helpful. A short drive or paddle to the spring head and gardens. Small hiking trails and asphalt paved loops for easy biking. Miss the store that was there. The gardens and waterfalls are a must see. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Kayak the river to the spring head, visit the gardens.

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Review Count: 91
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 22

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Our wide back-in site was partially shaded, although not as level as would have liked. Boards were needed under our front jacks before we could level the coach. The FHU hook ups are conveniently located midway at the side of the site. The park is well maintained by the work campers and hosts. Finding a clear satellite view for our portable dish was a bit of a challenge, but doable. Our Verizon cell voice and data services worked well, and OTA TV stations were fairly strong. As others have noted, the Rainbow River head-springs are about 7 road miles away, but your park car pass also gets you in that entrance at no additional charge. There's a nature trail for walking, although it's not as nicely laid out as some of the other FL state parks, with no signage to indicate what the various foliage consists of, or what animals might be in the area. There is a bear warning sign and small bird display at the trail head though. We would return here when in the area, although we would hope for a more level site next time. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

There are several very good restaurants in Dunnellon, and we particularly enjoyed "Simply Seafood" for dinner and the "Front Porch" for breakfast. Both were quite busy though, so be prepared to wait to get seated. A Super Walmart and other stores are also nearby in town.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped here to kayak on Rainbow River. We have our own kayaks and put them in the river in the park. It is kind of a long walk from where they stop vehicle access to the water but they had carts available for use. We did not realize until we arrived that the springs and waterfalls and most other park attractions are not in the campground. The springs and park are to the north. We kayaked up to the spring one day, left the boats at the dock and explored the park, then kayaked back to the campground. The campground has tube rentals that include a trolley ride back up to the camp but it is a short stretch of the river. Instead we took the kayaks back out and went a full 5 miles down Rainbow River, pulled out at Salty's Waterfront restaurant, had a great lunch and paid for a shuttle back to the campground from the shuttle and kayak company next door. Campground had a decent game room where we played pool but it closes when the little store is not open and they were closed several times we wanted to head in. Hiking trails were not impressive but the water can keep you busy. The sites are very spacious, feels like you have a nice "yard" and they do a good job of keeping foliage in between the camp sites so it feels more private. Overall if we do Rainbow again we would camp here instead of taking a chance on another place. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
Loop B
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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

The town is not too far. Has a Walmart and Dollar Tree for any items you may have forgotten. There were a lot of other stores and restaurants but we like to stick the woods when camping so didn't try any of them.

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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This park was obviously updated within the last few years. It has a clean, updated appearance. Full hook-ups at the level sites along with picnic table, fire ring and stand-up grill. Site #3 is a pull-thru that offers a line of sight for satellite signal. Verizon hot spot was okay. Sandy site surface meant a LOT of sand tracking into the motorhome. The springs are upriver about a mile, but the drive there is about 7 miles. The headwaters springs are worth a visit: lovely gardens and manmade waterfalls and a nice gift shop. It you snorkel, tube, kayak or do some stand-up boarding, this is the place for you. Otherwise, there is not much to do except walk the tram trails. There were surprisingly few birds or other wildlife for viewing. It's about 10 miles to the local town of Dunnellon. I'd return here. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

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Review Count: 158
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Actual price came to $34.63 with taxes and additional fees for a non-resident.
The bathroom $ showers were a big disappointment and in need of a thorough cleaning. "Built up scum and crud on the tile. Bugs in the florescent light fixtures...ugh! Heater in the bath house did not work. Whose is in charge of maintenance?
Nice back in site with plenty of space, fairly level.
You'll track in a lot of sand into your unit.
Verizon worked well and we received a few over the air stations. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Loop C site 18
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 128
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice CG with 3 loops, each with 1 pull-through, and the rest back-in sites, all with EWS. The A loop is smaller, but with 7 tent sites and RV sites. Paved roads with gravel/sandy sites nicely separated with brush between. Bathhouses nice and clean with hot water showers. There is a dump with two sewers connections. A paved road goes half way to the Rainbow River with a paved path the rest of the way not for cars, so boats have to be carried or carted the rest of the short way to the paved launch, and to the wooded decked river overlook. There are rental kayaks and canoes there, and at the CG office there are wooden carts you can borrow to take your boat to the river. The Rainbow river is shallow but wide, clear with current waving bottom grasses and some fish to be seen. It is about a mile upstream to the springs, however, it requires about a 10 mile round about drive where there is an extensive flowered park with rental boats, and swimming at the springs where water flows up out of the rocky bottom. You get a free CG entry card to the up stream springs park at the CG office on arrival. Near the entry to the CG there is a trolley paved side road to the park's tubing center which you can bike to. It has a nice board walk through the woods/swamp to the tube launch. We really like this park. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C 41
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 153
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 51

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful state park on the Rainbow River. The access to the river is a long walk from the campsite, though, and you can't drive to it to launch your kayak. You have to carry it all the way (too far for oldsters like us), or borrow one of the carts which you need to walk back up & return to the office. That was disappointing, but the campground itself is really nice. Very large sites with ample space between them and lots of vegetation that affords a lot of privacy. The restroom/showers were very clean and bright and there's a bench in each of the shower compartments so you can sit to change. There is also a washer and dryer outside of each building on a covered patio. Sort of a weird setup having them outdoors, but at least they have them. At $30 for FHU, I thought it was a bit on the expensive side, especially since they have a dump station so we didn't need the onsite sewer connections, but I gather everything around here is pretty expensive. It was very quiet except for some cows carrying on in the distance. Very little road noise. No wi-fi, and I got three bars on Verizon. I would probably return because even at $30, it's cheaper than the RV parks in the area. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Visit this Florida State park about once a year and it is awesome. The camp sites are very private and more rustic as the foliage get more mature between sites. Will return as always as its a great place to camp and go to the springs and river. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
C26
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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