16 Parks near Palatka, Florida
Sep 2016 - $26.00
This was our second time staying in the park. Everything was clean and the staff was friendly. They are cost cutting so no soap in the women's bathroom (men's bathroom had soap) and no fans running (unless they are cleaning). Bring your kayak, bring your fishing poles and/or boat, bring your bikes, and bring your hiking shoes. There are many places in and out of the park to enjoy outdoor recreation. The town of Palatka is about 10 miles away and has everything you forgot to bring. St. John's River is not far. No Internet or tv reception (unless you have a satellite, which we don't). Sites are roomy and shaded. They also offer tent camping, but watch out for the rattlesnake. We only saw him once and he was a beauty. - bicyclecampers
Mar 2016 - $25.00
In Section 2, the bathroom is on the side of the campground near the Handicapped sites. The other side of the campground, near the canal has to walk around the hill in between the 2 roads. All sites in this section have curbs that you drive over to get into your site. The curbs made it hard to use my mobility scooter to visit friends - I could get over the curb into the site but had a very hard time getting back to the road. Sites on the canal side are shady. - pegdiver
Mar 2016 - $11.00
Very well maintained. Excellent staff. Stayed in Phase II on the canal. Good view and sites angled for privacy. Phase I under trees, also good. Lot of hiking available and excellent asphalt roads to bike. Visit the dam area, walk along the canal to the Buckman Locks. Fishing, kayaking good. 50/30/20amp. Primitive camping is really nice. Park was quiet and relaxing the week we were there. Worth going back to. Firewood & ice available. - GDoug
Mar 2016 - $14.00
First, this is not a destination park. We chose this park mainly to be near family and because all of the parks in St. Augustine were full or out of our price range. Very reasonably priced at $420 a month which includes electricity. There are very few amenities and only one or two activities the whole time we were there. Very low water pressure. Most of the residents live in the park full-time but for the most part everyone takes care of their site. Management folks are very nice and accommodating who will go out of their way to help you anyway they can. There are restrooms but we never used them. That didn't bother us as we always use our own facilities anyway. The park is right on the St. Johns River so even though we got temperatures in the area fell below freezing a few nights, we never had a problem with hoses or pipes freezing. Since we were parked under a large tree we had acorns, leaves and small limbs falling on the roof and slide awnings which we had to clean off every couple of weeks. The roads are dirt both coming in and inside the park so there was dust when folks drove fast. All parking sites are on dirt/grass as well. In addition to cable TV, the park has the best WiFi signal we have ever seen in an RV park. The owner has nine repeaters located throughout the park that provides the strong signal. We were able to get a DTV signal with our roof-mounted dish in Site 17 but not all sites provide as clear shot to the southern sky. Our Verizon cell phones had 4 bars of LTE signals. The owner likes to get folks to stay for several months. If you are traveling through the area that could present a problem. - StarlifterFE
Jun 2009 - $20.00
Um, an "adventure." Roads into/out of here are really awful, especially in a rainstorm. Sites are bare ground--no gravel, no pavement. Staff was friendly enough, but we didn't receive any printed campground info, so we don't know what all is available and it's pouring and sort of scary outside, so we're not exploring much. The plus side is that it's less than 1/2 mile from where we're getting service on our Sprinter chassis at the nearby Dodge dealership in the morning. That's why we're here. We're planning to leave in the morning by the entrance, since the exit road looked impassable to us. (Pickup trucks could do it, but not our little Class C--too many ruts!) It is pretty quiet here, except for the mosquitoes buzzing. - JCLC
Jun 2015 - $32.00
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. - Lindaosm
Mar 2013 - $27.00
This place is an enigma. When we arrived on Saturday, the office was closed. We had reservations, so we found our site, the only empty one here. It was a bit rough and unlevel, but it worked. None of the help was around until we got settled. They were surprised that ANY site was open... the owner included. It's very quiet with a nice pool. It's about an hour's drive into St. Augustine, the reason we were here. Folks, as in Florida in general, are very friendly. Not much to see in the town and no hiking trails nearby, but we liked it. - Red Wolf Deux
Aug 2011 - $28.00
Spent the weekend about an hour a little south of Jacksonville in a town named Welaka. It has 1 stop light and 1 gas station with a few places to eat. It looks like it is a town of about 500 or so folks. I went there for some fishing in and around the St Johns River. I stayed a little campground lodge by the name of Welaka Lodge and Resort. There are 4 nice looking cabins for rent, there are about 5 RV sites that do not have RV’s parked in them, some are work campers, there is a nice small swimming pool, and on Sundays they have a big party at the dock. Friday and Saturday evening most folks head to a place called “Shrimp R Us” that has live bands and some good food and drink. It is an easy walk from the campground. The owners of the campground are friendly and stay busy keeping the place up. There is no cable or TV reception so plan ahead if you go there. There is no late night parting that I seen as everyone disappeared at about 730PM each night and were not seen again until mid-morning. There are 2 cons about staying there besides the cable; the first is the “BLIND BUGS” 500 millions of them per square yard and they land on everything, get into everything and are a real pain to even walk through. They get side the camper faster than you can open and close the door and you spend along time killing them, really nasty tiny bugs. The second is you cannot launch your boat or kayak for the lodge; yes, they have a nice dock, but no boat ramps. Next door is a fishing camp that has a ramp but ….also has 100 million of the “BLIND BUGS” that make it impossible to even put the boat/kayak in the water as they get in your ears, eyes and mouth and all over everything including you and anything you have, to include getting in your vehicle. There is a public boat ramp down the street about 2 blocks (they only have about 5 million bugs there) that is one of the steepest I have ever seen about 60 degrees and 150 yards long. Then you have to find a place to park up on top the hill. There was 1 bait shop in town but it has gone under so bring your own bait or use artificial lures. The shrimp was running in that part of the river so the fishing was really slow I talked to no one that had caught anything the whole week. The fish were so full of free shrimp that they couldn’t move. In the evening the wind comes blowing through with such force that even using a 3 spike anchor you still drift. Would I go to Welaka for a weekend or fishing again? I cannot think of any reason to return. - jaxfl
2359 Highway 17 South Crescent City, Florida 32112 (map) | (386) 698-2020
Sites: 82 | Latest Rate: $37.00 | 1 Reviews
Jan 2010 - $37.00
My poor rating is because of the very poor condition of the office and bathrooms. We have been here for a month & the bathrooms have not been cleaned one time. One soap dispenser has been empty, one towel dispenser does not work, TP dispensers are broke, walls are filthy. The only thing they do is empty the trash cans. Most campgrounds we have been to clean the bathrooms every day. - jlh1
Jul 2016 - $27.00
We rerouted here when we had a change in plans over the July 4th weekend. We were shocked that anyone had a site available...and we were REALLY shocked when we arrived on July 1 and saw about 60% of the sites open! But by the morning of the 4th, there was maybe 10% occupied. And most of those are owned sites.
This is an ATV lovers dream! Most of the folks that were there on the weekend had ATVs with them....so it was NOT quiet! But when they left it was really peaceful!
When you arrive, they let you drive around and pick your own site. Pay attention to where the trees are, if you're looking for some shade. There's not a lot of it....but if you plan carefully you'll get some.
The bathrooms were clean and the shower stalls were probably the most beautiful I've ever seen at a campground! We didn't use them, but I did look and they were awesome!
2 negatives here..... 1) The amazing renovated laundry facility is awesome...but they have hookups for about 20 washers and 10 driers (give or take) but they only have 4 tiny washers and 2 driers. And they didn't have air conditioning, which is understandable....and the windows all open....but there are NO fans! Hot, steamy and stagnant in there! Just a couple of ceiling or box fans would be a huge improvement!
2) There was an outage in the water system.... no water from 6 PM Saturday to at least 11PM.... We understand that "stuff happens"... But the next day at 9:00 AM we were informed of a boil water situation and that it would be in effect until they say otherwise.... We left Tuesday at noon and we were never told of it being lifted. So was it lifted and were never told?
Overall, it's a great place....just needs some tweaks here and there. And there's not much to do....or stores nearby. So plan accordingly! - doggpurr
Mar 2015 - $30.00
Tried to get into Salt Springs and it was full, then tried Rodman and there were full, then found this gem, we stayed for the weekend, was a hidden gem. Loved the hiking trails, and the lots were very spacious. Plan on cooking at your RV as there are no stores or restaurants for a ways, you are out in the middle of the Ocala Forest. Staff were very friendly, terrific views, beautiful lake , sunrises and sunsets are awesome. The park has a huge pool. The grounds are immaculate. Bath houses are very clean and showers are spacious. Great park also if you like to ATV as they have ATV trails. We cannot wait to go back there. Prices are very reasonable. The site are HUGE. Did I mention the friendly staff. While there take a trip to Rodman Dam, out of this world. - ladymac2015
May 2014 - $27.00
This park has changed over or is the process of becoming a KOA. The pool was awesome. Being able to ride an ATV from the park to Ocola OHV area was awesome. Grass sites are somewhat level and bathhouse was clean. They need to get firewood and a better stocked camp store. This park is far from anything so bring what you need. The WiFi was useless but I did have a weak ATT signal. I would stay here if I was riding an ATV but other than that unless you fish its limited. - DS650
Jun 2016 - $30.00
We have camped here many times before. We came across a private owner on craigslist renting their lot cheaper than the official resort was. I was a little worried that the park had gone down hill because of some negative reviews on here but we had no problems. There was $5 fee for our car and golf cart at the gate but we were told up front so no problem. They have added a large dog park since we were here last. We normally spend one full day at the springs, but once you have done that the state parks have nothing else to offer. Love staying here because we have constant access to the lake and pools. We dropped our boat in the lake on Sunday and didn't put it back on the trailer until we left on Friday. Stayed anchored on the beach and were able to jump in and go whenever we wanted. The bathrooms are not fancy but they were very clean. We used them every night instead of bothering with our tiny camper shower. At first I was disappointed the site was not closer to the water, but our site in the back of the park was very shady and quiet and we didn't have to worry about through-traffic while the kids were out playing. Plus the lot was long enough that we were able to leave the truck hooked up to our 30 ft trailer and still park the bikes and golf cart in the back. We plan to book same site next year. - FloridaRVfamily
Jan 2016 - $37.00
This older park is considered a private, condominium community, that is open to the public. It has many owners and long-term renters. A $5 cash fee for non-owners is charged at the gate. We rented a site through the Elite Resort Management company by phone. They do have an office just outside the park. The sales person was very helpful and made sure we knew there would be no cable television due to the cable company digital conversion process. We use a Verizon MiFi and had okay service for the cell phone and internet. Internet was available in the Lodge. Everyone we met was very friendly. The family pool was closed, but the other pool and hot tub were being used quite a bit. A book and puzzle exchange is located in the Lodge. Our pull-through site (#3) was long and wide enough so the Jeep could be parked next to the coach. We did have to position the car and the picnic table to stop golf carts and people from walking through the site. Have to admit, it didn't stop all the walkers! Electricity, water, and sewer were all in good condition. - DiplomatTraveler
Jun 2011 - $42.00
When we checked in, we were charged an extra $10.00 for our own golf cart AND our tow vehicle! We were not told about these charges when we made our reservations and no one could explain why we were being charged extra for the vehicle that got us here. My in-laws drove a motor home in and they were charged extra as well. (No additional vehicle). There was no Wi-Fi available, even at the lodge we tried to connect and where unsuccessful. Cell phone service was non-existant. The staff was NOT friendly at all and extremely rude when we "broke a law." There was no mini-golf as they bulldozed that. No dog run and the dog beach is a 4 foot area with a large pipe in the water that our dog cut her paw on trying to swim. The dock they show kids jumping off of, is now old and rickety. Some sites were VERY small and tight. Couldn't put up our awning all the way. On the positive side, there is lots of shade and large oak trees. Family pool was nice and would have a beautiful view of the lake if it didn't have the large wooden privacy fence all the way around. Many live ins, the exterior of the cabins looked cute. We won't return as the staff and their "HOA police" were enough to frustrate our family! - highmaintenancecamper
Feb 2016 - $35.00
This is a small fishing camp. Fine for a 1-2 day stop, if just traveling. Full hookup is nice. Level, concrete pads. Sites are close together with no vegetation separating them. Bathhouse is just OK. Handicap shower was really the only truly decent one to use and it was not exactly clean. Camp is a good 10-15 min out of town and from beach. Restaurant is only good for breakfast (cheap!) and maybe a burger. Ranger is there for about 30 min a day. Just runs in and out. The lake is beautiful and the sunsets are great. We had river otters playing behind our site one night. Would not feel comfortable as a solo female at this park. Mainly due to lack of camp host and bar on grounds. - jdzs94
May 2016 - $19.00
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. - Wink
Feb 2016 - $19.00
A very rare NFS campground with full hook-ups! The sites were open with some shade trees. About half the sites are reservable (2 week max) and the rest are walk-ups. Laundry facilities were closeby (about a block away) as was a local cafe with good breakfasts and lunches. Big grocery shopping was about 30 mile away. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We definitely plan to return. - Snowbirds34
Jan 2016 - $19.00
This is the only campground in the Ocala National Forest that has full hookups (water, electricity, sewer). It's a great place to see manatees, do a little hiking, boating, and biking. We did some kayaking and got very close to the manatees. Be aware though, there is little (or no) cell coverage! There's some small coverage from Verizon, none from ATT. There is wifi at the registration area. with many campers use. Campsites were spacious, level asphalt and there is a primitive area for, mostly, tents. The campground is run by a private concern. - RonMill
Jun 2016 - $27.00
Nice RV park with paved roads and wide, long concrete pull thru sites with FHU and grass also has grass back in sites with W&E. Sites arranged at angle for easy enter and exit. OK for big rigs. Some towering trees for some shade and lots of grass. Most sites can get satellite signals. Cable tv, good antenna TV, good open wi-fi, good cell signal. No pool, no rec room, no store or activities. Park clean and staff helpful. Half mile from I-95. Will stay there again. - Pepper Dan
Feb 2016 - $21.00
Nice, Quiet, Close to many things yet away from the heavy populated areas. St. Aug is a peaceful and safe area although it does have heavy traffic.
I have been coming here for years and am never unhappy. Not luxurious, but worth the stop. - Rlee
Jan 2016 - $16.00
The rate I have noted here is a combination of two weeks Passport America and two additional weeks at limited services. The park is easy access from 95. (One may find the close proximity of 95 to be bothersome with the highway noise--did not bother me much though I was right by the lake which is closest to the highway.) RaceTrac service station and mini mart is right next door. Sites were not quite level but not too bad. The pull through sites are on concrete, other sites are on grass with a small concrete patio. Utilities were easy to access. Wifi was iffy but my Verizon worked pretty well. The park wifi appeared to work best in early morning--likely due to less people using it; at those times it worked well. There are many full timers here but they were all quiet around me and the ones I could see kept their spots neat. Maintenance could have done a better job of cleaning up the debris from trees littered about. This park is right next to the flea market and there are vehicles frequently going in and out through the park to get to it, but the flea market is fun to go to --and there is a farmers market there as well--at least it was going part of the time while I was there. Basic park at a reasonable price for this area. If you want to see St. Augustine on a budget, this is about the best you can do. - nanzhere