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Salt Springs, Florida

Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area

Salt Springs, Florida



Salt Springs, Florida
Phone: (352) 685-2048

Sites: 163
Recent Rate: $19 5/2016

Latitude: 29.354854366871
Longitude: -81.734923124313

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $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 ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • 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
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,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 no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • 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 no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • 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 no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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51 Reviews

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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
012 handycap site
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Salt Springs is beautiful and feeds the several mile long Salt Springs Runs. Lots of bream, mullet, tilapia, and bass to fish for. Manatees come up from the Atlantic and winter in the warm spring water. We visited them daily in our canoe and even got close enough to touch them!

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
84
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

NO coverage!

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Very clean, large full service sites, however no privacy. Lots of huge oak trees and lawns. We had 2 bars on Verizon. The only negative was no electrical outlet in bath house. Staff all friendly and helpful. There is good wifi at the office. We enjoyed the Springs on the day it was sunny and 75F. The marina next door charged $5 to use the boat launch on the first day but we learned on day 3 that it is half price for Federal pass holders. We saw lots of manatee. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
35
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Walmart 20 miles away in Palatka. Dollar General in Salt Springs.

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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

Great place to stay. Some of the sites slope, but most Ok. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
60
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

Forget the negative comments from the past pertaining to the staff. They must have new staff this year. They are very friendly and keep the place so clean and nice. I guess if you are noisy and trashy you might get noticed, but I just saw everyone having a great time. The full-service side of the campground is beautiful and clean, very "park-like". Lots of trees and grassy areas for kids to play. The primitive side wasn't so impressive. I guess it's called primitive for a reason! A short ride or walk on paved roads lead to the gorgeous clear spring. Great for swimming, snorkeling, or floating. But it's a chilly 72 degrees so be prepared if it's not a warm sunny day. Sites vary from open & sunny to wooded. Lots of grassy open areas between loops. I had NO complaints for our stay. We will definitely return! We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

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

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

Have stayed here several times and gets better every time. The staff are extremely friendly and are always cleaning the park. Each time a camper checks out they are cleaning the camp site. The springs are incredible, water is 72f all year round. The sites are very spacious, all site have a huge picnic bench, fire fine, and hook to hang a light. Great place for photographing wildlife. No cell phone service if you have ATT, no wifi except in the office, cable TV is so so, but we never watched any, just enjoyed sitting around a camp fire and listening to the sounds of the forest. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Swimming in the springs, fishing area, and boat dock. Another large boat dock a mile or 2 down the road at Salt Springs Marina with boat rentals

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Read all of the negative comments and found the Staff to be very friendly and had no issues as some had posted. Park was clean and had easy access except the site we were on (#35), it had a tree where awning would have deployed! Cell service was very poor as in the rest of the National Forest. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
35
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

Great Park. Well maintained. Nice swimming area. Separate launch area for registered campers only. Easy entry to sites. Will return. Cell service was ok but data for the web was spotty. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Do not camp here. This is the worst experience we have ever had at any camp ground and we are avid campers. The rules are ridiculous and if you are in so called violation they will call the sheriff and have you kicked out. We were kicked out for having more then one tire off pavement when loading a cooler into truck. They told our friends that they moved the fire ring and were in violation. The fire rings are chained to the ground post and not moveable. They ride around on golf carts looking for "violations" that are not in the rules you are given at front gate when you check in. They are extremely rude and unfriendly people! This is nothing new with the management there, the sheriff told us he is there constantly throwing people out of camp ground. The managers are from American Land & Leisure Management Services and are extremely dishonest, rude and unwelcoming as they can possibly be. I am warning anybody who tries to camp there they will be harassed by the golf carts that patrol and carry cameras to record any violation they seem to fit their narrative. If you question their motives you will be kicked out just like the hundreds before us. The sheriff told us they are horrible and he's called out more times then he can count. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

First the good. Easy access in and out for large rigs. Our site was level and most seemed to be as well. Plenty of space between sites and some have a common grassy area in between and in back for kids to play. Bathrooms were clean and functional. Springs are about a 10 minute walk from RV sites or a quick bike ride. You can also drive to the springs with plenty of parking. There is a small grocery store just down the street and you can get to Walmart/Publix in Ocala in about 35 minutes or so. There is no laundry facility. A laundry mat is two minutes down the road from main gate. Now the bad. We’ve been coming to Salt Springs since the 80’s although not much recently. The current management is terrible. Within five minutes of arriving at our site and while still attempting to get the coach lined up properly we were approached the first time by the “staff” on a golf cart. The ladies took several minutes explaining the parking procedure in great detail to include the tire rule about how many of your tires can be on the dirt and off the pavement. This first lecture occurred while these ladies were affixed to their golf cart on the grass! The camping trip included multiple families and lots of children and equipment. The next several days included more visits by the campground staff (work campers from American Land & Leisure?) who were quick to point out each and every violation of their over 30 rules. Our violations included young kids roaring with laughter at 10:05 when quiet time is at 10, and more serious violations of parking on the grass. There are too many stories of these encounters to list here. The oldest child in our large group was 11. There were 20 plus kids running around and 10 plus RV sites reserved. The staff here has or is trying to turn this place into a cemetery. The staff behavior was witnessed by a lot of people both in and outside of our party with amazement. They are a bunch of militant retirees riding around on carts just waiting to display their disdain for laughter and other people. They appear to cater to other seniors who stay in their RV’s for 23 hours a day and only come out to walk a two pound dog or leave in their cars. We’ll be addressing our concerns with American Land & Leisure and the National Park Service and won’t return under the current system and neither will any of the others. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This Ocala National Forest campground is run by a company called American Land & Leisure and we had a unusually bad experience with one of the empowered "camp hosts" whose site was across the road from ours. Noise from Highway 15 is very noticeable in sites near the overflow parking area. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a national florist campground and we can use the Golden Age pass. The campground is very well kept and the bathroom are very clean. Highly recommended. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Part of the National Forest Service, but operated by a non-governmental company. Nice full hookup sites, some shaded. Although they list a 40' maximum length, the site we used #68) accommodated our 42' motorhome plus our SUV (unhooked, of course). Sites can be reserved for up to 6 months. Staff was very pleasant and accommodating. No over-the-air TV channels and our Virgin Mobile wifi was very slow. Weak but usable cellphone signal on Verizon network. Some road noise at the lower-numbered sites. The staff members we met here were very pleasant. Price shown is with Federal Access Pass discount. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 104
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped in site #46. I was all set to give this park a 9 or 10 like I have before, but the volunteer who cleans this park is a jerk and left us with a bad experience this trip. We've camped here 7 times over 8 years and campers always had access to the spring area before and after the park was opened or closed. We are only taking pictures and observing wildlife in a National Rec area. We do not swim or disturb them in any way. This guy who is set up on site #9 was very adamant that we could not walk down to the springs 15 minutes before the park closed one night or 30 minutes before it opened another day. He ended up cursing us out when we questioned why has this changed. Otherwise, park was clean in the camping areas, needed cleaned in the day areas, because people always seem to leave stuff behind. Sites all have w/e/s 50 amp, bbq grills and fire rings with concrete pads. Our site had shade and was close to the bathhouse. There is a $9 fee to book here. Verizon cell was very spotty and our Mi-Fi did not work the whole time. Very limited TV channels over air as well. No playgrounds for kids but lots of open space to play. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Motorhome.

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