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Trail Lakes Campground

Ochopee, Florida


40904 Tamiami Trl E
Ochopee, Florida 34141
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Sites: 150
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 25.89426
Longitude: -81.27829

Elevation: 8' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • 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 yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails no
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating yes
  • 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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11 Reviews

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Review Count: 216
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

Basics: sand roads and grass and sand sites. Sites are pretty tight when they are busy. No picnic table or fire rings at this site some of the other sites have both. There are a few long term/seasonal residents here but not an issue. Roads are easy to navigate. Bathrooms are cleanish but what they really need is a good sandblasting and resealing and paint. The site we were in was right next to the swamp (10') and pretty level. They have 20/30/50 amp power and water at sites with a dump station by the bathroom. The price is pretty steep but they are one of the few campgrounds in there area, location, location, location. This is the site of the "Swampskunk" (bigfoot) research center, it has a trinkets store, and a small zoo of various animals for an additional $12. We stayed here overnight to cut our drive down to a reasonable distance. We will probably stay here again, especially now due to the government shut down, their rate is the cheapest in the area that our coach will fit in. This is a great location to explore Big Cypress National Preserve with hiking and kayaking trails in the area. Just to put things in perspective; This is not an RV Resort, it is an RV park with the minimums in a beautiful area. We camped at Trail Lakes Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
95B
Site Surface
Sand, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

Kayaking/canoeing, hiking, wildlife watching and exploring Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve.

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Review Count: 85
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $48.00
Overall Rating:

Interesting private campground in the Big Cypress. Very quiet, we were the only ones until the weekend when a few more families showed up.
Nice big site, grass could have used a cut. Services were easy to access. Site was level.
Nice location between tp of the Preserves main Visitor Centers. We camped at Trail Lakes Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
91
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is not a member park. No frills nothing fancy. But if you want quiet and wildlife this IS your park. We stayed here after three days in Orlando. Great to be out of the city and away from all the noise and lights. Great central location for base camp while exploring all the everglades has to offer. Experience of a lifetime! We camped at Trail Lakes Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

We kayaked in Everglades City through the mangroves and saw lots of alligators along the highway across from the park.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

Seemed like a nice place. Our campsite was very spacious with lots of trees and beautiful vegetation that gave it a very private feel. We didn't see the rest of the place because we couldn't open the door without getting attacked by mosquitoes! It was all we could do to run out with the dog and run back in! No sniffing around for him! We had to spray flying insect killer inside the camper every time we opened the door. I know it's Florida, but the owners should spray once in a while. We're at another camp not far away, next to water, and there's hardly any mosquitoes. The animal exhibit behind the gift shop was great, I even got to pet a snake. Kids would love it. Our site neighbor uses this camp often, and he said mosquitoes are always there, but not always this bad. There are some permanent residents here, but everyone including staff are nice and friendly. No WiFi, even though it's advertised. We camped at Trail Lakes Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
No number
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

No place close to shop. Bring lots of food and drinks.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

This campground has seen better days but they are working on improving its overall appearance, and they keep it clean, and they do look after their guests. It is evident that the water and electric hookups were upgraded during the past year or so as they look fairly new. They do not have dumps at the sites. You have to use a common sewer dump behind the bathhouse. The bathhouse (toilets and showers) is usable. But it is very old and tired and does not look inviting whatsoever. We did not use it. They do still have quite a few old trailer homes. Some do look like they have not been used in years. We stayed here in a 45 feet motorhome which wants to be fed with 50 amps to be happy. They claim to have 50 amps and the pedestal has plugs for 50 amps and 30 amps. However, the 50 amps cannot be confirmed because all of the pedestals do have 30-amp dual pole breakers. I have never had problems with 50 amp service when there was the appropriate 50 amp breaker. In this park, I had to pay close attention to my amperage draw because I tripped the breaker multiple times. Anyway, the temps were OK so there was no need for a lot of AC. All sorts of campers stop here for a night or longer. From tent people to 5th wheels to motorhomes. The campground does have 3 ponds and our site (100) was alongside one of them so we had a water view. They offer various attractions which can be booked in the store at the entrance of the campground. They keep a variety of exotic birds and snakes behind the store and it is open for visitors. The keeper is very knowledgeable and loves to talk about his birds and snakes. He also will take them out of their cages and allow visitors to touch and handle them if you dare. We stayed here for 4 nights and went to visit this menagerie every day. This is a funky place. One of a couple of campgrounds in the Big Cypress State Park. There are no luxuries here but we would happily come back here for a stay because it is a neat place in the middle of nowhere. We camped at Trail Lakes Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
100
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Once you are past Naples and in the State Park, there is very little opportunity to shop for groceries. You have to bring enough food and beverages to last for your entire stay. You may have to drive for 45 minutes to get to the nearest food mart. The same applies if you enter from the Miami area. This is an area for nature lovers. Go kayaking or to try a pole boat tour. Never mind the alligators. They are everywhere and could not care less about you. Just don't try to pat them.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Nice safe and quiet place to stay when visiting the Everglades. Bath house is old and worn but is usable. Wi-Fi is hit and miss. But you can't expect much in the wilderness. We camped at Trail Lakes Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

We really loved this little campground. We had a great site right next to a pond with a nice shade tree and close to the bathhouse. The owners/operators were really nice and helpful. The wi-fi worked all the time up by the office, and we had pretty good reception at our site most of the time. In fact, we were able to watch Hulu and Netflix on our computers without interruption the nights we were there. The campground is in a fantastic area---very beautiful with a lot to do. Saw many, many alligators. Many seasonals, but they were all super friendly and helpful, too. It was quiet at night. Bathhouse is adequate; the showers were hot and free. Don't expect luxury here. Just expect to be greeted with a smile, to see some amazing sights, and to have a camping experience in a real "old timey" type Florida campground. Be sure to stock up on food supplies before you go in. Shopping choices are VERY limited in Everglades City, and you will have to drive to Naples to do any real shopping. There are a number of restaurants in town, however. We are planning to go back next year and explore the area more, and we are planning to stay at this cool little campground. We camped at Trail Lakes Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 131
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is a basic campground in a terrific area. The Pole Boat Tour is a real gem, as is the Reptile and Bird area in the park. We enjoyed both immensely. I'd rate it higher, but it's a tired spot. The dumpster was never emptied in our five days here. There is no water available at the dump station, which was a great surprise. We would come back, however, since the area is so beautiful. All of the staff were friendly and most helpful. We camped at Trail Lakes Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Located in the Everglades and they have a small collection of snakes and gators. Adequate security for guest access only. Nice people who were friendly and helpful. I could not connect to their Wi-Fi but did not expect to. No sewer hook up but a dump-site. Would stay here again. We camped at Trail Lakes Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 60
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

The CG is near Ochopee which is also very close to Everglades City. The City is a quaint town and we've enjoyed going along the river banks and trying the restaurants. Air boat rides etc., in town but the CG says the Indian operators are better and cheaper. It's a "quaint" CG but we like it. If you're in for pristine KOA style, nah. But it is clean, has some permanents, but all the folks and management have been super. The glades are right out the window, there are a couple of small lakes on the grounds and we saw a small alligator in one. They have a reptile exhibit that is nicely done: the caretaker is very informative. It's April 14 and no bugs. Has good WiFi; 30 amp with water; and there is a dump station on premises. $27 so it's more expensive that the gov't places, but I've got a thing about helping small businesses. BTW, in Eliz City there is a new "Motor Coach Resort" with a cost over $100 in the off season. We camped at Trail Lakes Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

I happened to stop here looking for a camp with power as I had been dry camping at Mitchell Landing and needed power to run my air conditioner. Guy at office was very pleasant and had me booked in quickly. There are two small lakes and most sites are waterfront. Kind of rustic looking but clean and neat. Wi-Fi was good but slow at times. Don't forget: you're in the middle of nowhere so any Wi-Fi was great. It was quiet and is gated for security. I'm still here and may stay one more day. Ask about the "Skunk Ape" or check out the website. We camped at Trail Lakes Campground in a Motorhome.

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