Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area

     


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

Sites: 163
Recent Rate: $20 4/2015


Latitude: 29.3548543668708
Longitude: -81.7349231243134

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview

47 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

air28

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $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.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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bunni

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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

      Service

      Cleanliness

Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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s1a12

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $22.00
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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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Cgauvey

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

Date of Stay: - $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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Badmanrick

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

Date of Stay: - $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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ms5002h

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

Date of Stay: - $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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GandJ

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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nautifish

Review Count: 97
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate is with "senior discount" pass. It is not half off the rate, as in some parks in the system, but is actually 10.00 a night discount. Sites with the lowest numbers are near the very busy highway 19 and you will hear heavy truck traffic all night long. Also those get the most sun. Our site #25 was very pretty, but we found out it does flood when they get a heavy rain. We had mud all over our patio mat during a bad downpour. The weekend brought in campers that abused the system. One site across from us had 4 pickup trucks, one large travel trailer, and 3 boats on trailers all registered to the one site. Only one truck/boat combo parked in the overflow area. The others parked in sites next to single registered site. Those vehicles should have been asked to move off those sites they did not pay for. Having that many vehicles registered to one site is against their rules, so I don't know why they allowed this. Unsupervised children were running through our site, and barking dogs everywhere did not make this a relaxing stay on the weekend. We will return again, but not on a weekend or during the summer which gets extremely busy. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Motorhome.

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FL Camper

Review Count: 104
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $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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Rick & Carol

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park near the Ocala National Forest. We stayed here for a Geocaching Event that was held in the forest. The sites all had concrete pads and grills. There were some sites with a lot of shade. It was a fun place to camp. There is a grocery store nearby as well as a couple of places to eat. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Motorhome.

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FL Camper

Review Count: 104
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

We were in site #59 for a mini family reunion. This site was very sunny most of the day. Most sites seemed to have an invasion of ants this time of year so be careful leaving out any food because they will get it. Also we were told there were bears spotted in the area, but we never saw any. Each campsite has W/E/S 50 amp, a stand up grill and a fire ring with a lantern pole. All sites are asphalt and no cars can be parked on the grass. Bathrooms were very clean especially for a holiday weekend. You do have to pay a $9 reservation fee if made with Rec.gov. The springs were nice and cool and the rangers were checking coolers and handing out wristbands while we were there. There are 3 wineries that we visited in the area and we ate in Astor at Sparky's, very good hamburgers and salads. On Saturday's there is a flea market and farmer market across the street with a good diner. Not much to do inside park except for the springs. No real trails inside park. TV reception was OK for this area. There is an area for basketball and horseshoes near the extra car parking area.There is a store near the springs that carries swim supplies and ice cream. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Motorhome.

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Lindaosm

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We enjoyed our stay here. We stayed in #32 and it was nice. I will say it's not as private as some parks. There are trees for shade but very open areas between lots. The springs were great. We enjoyed taking a dip several times throughout the day. Not much biking except for to and from the springs. We saw several trails but they all showed no biking. Restrooms were very clean. Nice small grocery store just outside the park and the prices were reasonable. We would stay here again. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Travel Trailer.

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m&dmacey

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

Date of Stay: - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a nice clean campgroung. Most sites are particle shaded. The campground needs more trees. The showers are clean but when taking a shower you must hit a button every 10 seconds to keep the shower going. We stayed on site 2 and we heard too much of the main road traffic. The sites further in the campground are much nicer. The springs are nice but not deep enough to swim. Silver Glenn Springs is 20 minutes down the road and you are able to swim, the cost was $5.50 per person. We will stay here again. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Travel Trailer.

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First timers

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

Date of Stay: - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

There is no cell signal in this area. We had to drive 20 miles north or south to get cell service. The spring is awesome and shallow enough to walk the whole area. The spring is a drive from the campground; bringing bikes is a great idea. All of the springs in the area do not allow dogs in the day use area at all; they can be in the campground area only. Had plenty of shady spots and the forest is spectacular. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Tent Trailer.

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floridian couple

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for 2 wonderful nights, we were very impressed by the renovations. The restrooms and showers were spotless and very modern. The sites are all paved, and many have fairly good shade, however we were in full shade, didn't realize it until we were all set up, too many trees removed, otherwise a beautiful place. There is no internet or cable TV or phone service, no big deal as we were there to relax. The springs is beautiful, great place to cool off. People were very friendly. Staff was terrific. Out in the middle of the Ocala forest: be prepared to relax and do nothing. We took nature walks and drives. We camped in site #47. We will definitely stay here again. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Tent Trailer.

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