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Big Cypress National Preserve - Midway Campground

Ochopee, Florida


33100 Tamiami Trl E
Ochopee, Florida 34141
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Sites: 36
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 25.90149
Longitude: -81.30341

Elevation: 11' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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33 Reviews

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Review Count: 61
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 8

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

I just loved it here. So nice and quite. No Wifi. No AT&T but didn't care. Host were very helpful. Even stayed an extra day. No noise from highway that cause any problem. Level site. Only electric but water and dump station available. We camped at Big Cypress National Preserve - Midway Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6 and 8
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Travel around the loop from 4pm to see all the birds. Went on speedy airboats in Everglades city for a different ride. Went to Shark Valley in the Everglades and road the tram. If you can bike around you will see more. Just walking a mile we saw more than on the tram. The tram frighten everthing away so all the birds flew away. The Aligators were still there.

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Review Count: 111
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 39

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Midway is pretty basic National Park Service park with electric only hookups, although water and a dump station are available near the park exit. The bathroom facility is kept clean by the hosts, but there are no shower stalls. The sites are arranged around a central pond so everyone has a good view of the water. Sometimes the resident alligator comes up on the bank, so folks with small dogs should be alert when near the pond. Our 50 amp electric hookup was very stable with good voltage. Most sites just have one tree near the road that may block rooftop satellite service. We had no problem with our portable dish though. The Verizon and AT&T cell signals here were very weak, but still usable for voice and data with the help of our booster amplifier. There are several hiking trails near the park, and a very nice visitors center just a few miles to the west. We like Midway for a very relaxing visit, but make sure you come well supplied, since the nearest small grocery store is about 30 minutes away in Everglades City. E-City also has some very good seafood restaurants, as well as a family diner with great breakfasts. About 15 miles east of the park is the Miccosukee Indian reservation and the Miccosukee Restaurant. The food is pretty good, but a bit pricey. We've been to Midway several times and will definitely be back again. We camped at Big Cypress National Preserve - Midway Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 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 nearest place with a few stores and restaurants is Everglades City, about 30 minutes from the park, so come prepared.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

If you arrive in early April (beginning of off season) don't expect to find a camp host, as they apparently leave at the end of March. If you don't have reservations, you can apparently pay by cash (or check?) at the information kiosk. Sites that have been reserved will have a reservation sheet hanging from the electric box showing the person's name and occupancy dates; all other sites are available on a first-come basis. There were always some empty sites throughout our 8-day stay, so reservations in early April are probably not necessary. Be sure to fill up with potable water (near the dump station) before parking your rig. The roads and RV pads are paved and sites are level with fair separation but virtually no shade (more on the east side) or screening between sites. RV pads (all back-ins) are perpendicular to the road, but there's plenty of room (and firm ground) on the opposite side of the road to maneuver big rigs. All sites have 30 and 50 amp service, a picnic table and a fire pit. Tent sites also have a shelter over their tables. Thirty dollars per night seems high for sites that lack water or sewer connections. Restrooms are provided but they lack showers and were not being thoroughly cleaned throughout our stay. We also had no AT&T service but did have it several miles to the east along Highway 41. We encountered virtually no biting insects during first half of April-perhaps because it's been very dry for months. Containers to recycle aluminum and plastic are provided and the potable water tasted fine. Bring plenty of groceries as this is a fairly remote site. Camping sites surround a large barrow pit, but don't plan on swimming there as it contains several gators. We camped at Big Cypress National Preserve - Midway Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Asphalt
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
No

Campground Details

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

We enjoyed the narrated tram tour at Shark Valley.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

In the middle of the Big Cypress Preserve just off Hwy 41. 36 sites around a small lake. All sites paved, but entry can be a bit challenging for big rigs as all are perpendicular to the road and flanked by trees. Electric only. Hosts are no longer present. Close to all of Big Cypress along with Shark Valley (Everglades National Park). We camped at Big Cypress National Preserve - Midway Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This was a very nice National Preserve campground in the Everglades. We stayed for 3 nights and filled the days with great trips. Everglades City is a must and continue to Chokoloskee Island to the Smallwood Store. If you like to bike, the 15 mile Shark Valley bike trail is concrete and the nicest in any national park. The wildlife is incredible and we saw at least 50 alligators many not 5 feet from us. We camped at Big Cypress National Preserve - Midway Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
22
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Everglades City is a must and City Seafood crab cake sandwich was delicious. The museum was also very interesting, but the Smallwood Store Trading Post in Chokoloskee was, for $5/person, the coolest museum I have ever seen.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 4

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

What a surprise. Out of the way, little noise even though it is right off of the Tamiami trail (Hwy 41). We used this as a stop-over on the way to the keys.

Electric only on each site, so you either need to travel with fresh water or fill up at the campground. Their fresh water spigot is near the dump station (but separated). Still not sure how many folks dump their tanks and then go to fill up with fresh water without hand washing.

Sites are spacious and wide open (few trees). Our site was the end of the right side as driving in and it was like we had a huge lawn for our front yard. Could only see one camper on the other side of the lake. The other sites would not have the same view.

Did not see any gators in the lake, but am sure they are there. However, a few miles down the road is the Nat'l Park observation area and there were dozens of them sunning on the beach below the observations decks. Lots of birds too. No need to take an airboat if you only want to see wildlife, just go to an observation deck.

We would stay again if in the area. We camped at Big Cypress National Preserve - Midway Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 111
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 39

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

Midway is a small, but very clean and neat park. The hosts and work campers do a great job of keeping everything in good order. Despite the heavy rains prior to and during our stay, our site was well drained once the rain stopped. The sites are electric only, but water and a dump station are conveniently located near the front of the park. The restrooms are cleaned regularly, and are in excellent condition. There are no showers though. A resident gator and some babies live in the center pond, and more can be seen across US41 in the adjacent canal. Fish and birds are also abundant, as well as some turtles. The nearby visitors center is well worth a visit, to see even more gators and related exhibits. There is some road noise from the nearby highway, but it's not overly intrusive. We will most certainly be visiting here again. We camped at Big Cypress National Preserve - Midway Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

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

Everglades City, about 30 minutes away, is the closest place to find restaurants and a small grocery store. Larger stores require a trip west to Naples or east towards Miami.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 5

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

Campground was very clean and well maintained. Bathroom facilities were very clean. All sites were level and open, with minimum privacy between sites. Campground is right off busy US 41, but quiets down at night. Cell reception was poor, but my antenna/amplifier system provided satisfactory ATT service. We camped at Big Cypress National Preserve - Midway Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

A very nice base from which to explore the Big Cypress Preserve and the Shark Valley area of Everglades NP.

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Review Count: 42
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very nice park to stay to visit the local attractions in the area. The camp hosts were very friendly. The park is all back ins but it is easy to get into the sites. We would stay here again if in the area. We camped at Big Cypress National Preserve - Midway Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

Only a couple of mile to Big Cypress visitor center where there are a lot of alligators to watch.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

"Awesome!"

This is a real pearl of a campground. 36 big back-in sites with electricity around a central pond where alligators are living. Friendly and efficient camp host on site, and only a 2 mile drive to the Big Cypress Visitor Center. Beautiful situated with big, level grass sites. Very clean restroom (flush toilets) and showers. Will stay there again if our travels takes us this way, and we will then stay for more than one night. We camped at Big Cypress National Preserve - Midway Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Big Cypress Visitor Center. Nearby (20 miles) air boat rides. Bird and wild life watching.

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Review Count: 244
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 39

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Great campground to view birds and wildlife in Big Cypress Nat'l Park. Sites are paved, and level with 50 amp service. We camped at Big Cypress National Preserve - Midway Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2014
Overall Rating:

Other reviewers said there was not a camp host in the park, but when we got here, there was. So I believe the host arrives in early November staying through the winter season. Beautiful park with flat even sites; 50 amps and water is available in the park, just not at your site. The idea is to reserve ahead of time but we were able to come and pick a spot and pay for it with cash or check. There are envelopes available but you can also stop at the Big Cypress Visitors Center and reserve a spot with a credit card. We used a Federal Senior Pass for the $15 rate per night. We camped at Big Cypress National Preserve - Midway Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
9
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 60
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Agree with the earlier reviews. A very nice park. Paved roads and parking. Cement patio with table and grill. Beautiful views of the lake. Sites can be difficult to back into without getting on the grass, since they are 90 degrees to the road. There was no one here when we arrived and only 1 other rig showed up. Never saw any Park Rangers or security of any kind, and nothing happened. Placed the form and a check in the tube by the entrance. Note to the management: it is hard to find this CG on this site. It doesn't show up on the map and is really no where near Everglades City. I came by here years ago and knew it was here but struggled to find it. GPS says it is at 52388-54004 Tamiami Trail, Ochopee Fl, 34141. 25.85089, -80.99015. We camped at Big Cypress National Preserve - Midway Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 174
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 49

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Our rate is the Federal Senior Pass rate. We arrived with a reservation, well after dark and it was very, very dark. There are no camp hosts, but we had a reservation so we had prepaid. The campground was pretty empty for the one night we stayed.The restrooms were clean enough, but there are no showers. There is no water hookup, but there is a dump station. You come up on the entrance pretty fast, so come in slow. A camp host would be a big plus. The sites were level and paved, as was the campground road. We would stay overnight again. We camped at Big Cypress National Preserve - Midway Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 340
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 91

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

The rate reflects a 50% senior discount with a Federal Senior card. This is a very pleasant and convenient campground that is well kept. The electrical is a strong 50 amp. There is a dump station and fresh water available. It is right along highway 41, but in our site as far back away from the highway as possible, the road noise was not objectionable. When we arrived there were only two other campers, and only two more came in for the night. As noted there were no camp hosts. The sign at the entrance is a bit confusing, it indicates that reservations are required, but that is not correct. There did not seem to be any reserved sites when we were there, but they can be reserved on the recreation.gov. We felt safe, but we probably would not leave the RV there alone because the campground is so close to the highway and there is really no security. It would be nice to have hosts. We did not use them, but the restrooms seemed modern and clean. There are no showers. We did not get a Verizon signal. Satellite is not a problem as the trees are short. We would certainly stay at this campground again. We camped at Big Cypress National Preserve - Midway Campground in a Motorhome.

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