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Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $27.00
Rate includes taxes. This is our first time at this state park, and we are very impressed! We are in the newer Palmetto Ridge campground, with 50 amp electric, water, and sewer hookups at each site. The two older campgrounds in the park are electric and water only. The sites here on the ridge are spacious and separated by bushes and trees. Each site is paved with raked gravel, except for two ADA sites at each bath house that are paved with blacktop. There's a fire ring and a raised grill at each site, along with a picnic table. The park is very quiet at night, and during the day the volunteer hosts are constantly taking care of cleaning the bath houses, raking vacant sites when a guest leaves, and other maintenance chores. Verizon cell service is marginal but useable, and the closest local TV stations are about 40 miles away. Every Wednesday morning there's a coffee hour at a pavilion near the campground, where we can meet and greet our neighbors. The same pavilion hosts a "Florida Tales" story telling session Wednesday evenings. Other parts of the park offer hiking trails, a tram tour, air boat lake tour, guided walking tours, and other attractions. Our two week stay here has been fantastic, and we very much look forward to coming back again. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.
The Sarasota National Cemetery is a few miles west of the park, and the city of Sarasota is about 12 miles west for serious shopping.
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $22.00
We love this campground! Some of the roads had some standing water due to lots of rain, but not a big deal. Bathrooms here are always spotless thanks to the volunteers. Sites are spread out and nice sizes. Also have lots of pull thru sites and plenty for a 40' MH easily! Staff is always friendly.....love fishing on the bridge, even though I don't catch much, watching all the gators and birds is always fun. Plenty of deer roaming the marshes during the day as well as dusk! One of our favorite stays in the Florida State Park system! We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $28.00
It was very confusing trying to figure out where to camp based on the on-line information. So, to sort it out continue reading. There are three campgrounds. None of the campgrounds are actually on the lake. Big Flats campground is the furthest into the park at 2.8 miles past the entrance. There is water and good, solid 50 amp service. This is where we stayed and it was very nice. Spaces were close but vegetation provided some privacy. There are camp hosts and it is relatively quiet. The road that goes past to the boat and tram tours is busy during the day, but calms down at night. We did not use them, but the restrooms and showers seemed to be good. There is a gray water dump station but not one you can reach by driving. The only dump station for the park is along the main park road about a mile from the entrance. The Old Prairie campground is close to the park entrance. The sites are very close together and it has a very old feel. We were glad we did not stay there. The new, modern, very nice campground is the Palmetto Ridge campground. It has full hookups and is very nice. We would probably stay in this CG if we visited here again, but we were quite pleased with Big Flats. As noted, this is a beautiful park with lots of good biking. Just be aware that some of the trails/roads are sandy and hard biking. We were not able to get satellite because of tree cover. We had very spotty Verizon data, sometimes 4G and sometimes nothing. We would certainly stay here again. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $30.00
Palmetto Ridge camping area is the newest gem in Myakka River State Park. Large sites, clean, modern facilities. Plus Myakka River State Park is our FAVORITE bicycling spot in Florida for spotting birds and wildlife. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $26.00
New campsites and great pull-through for a 34' motor home with tow. New clean bath house with handicap access. Bike trails, hiking trails, be sure and take the boat ride on the lake. The guide was very informative and entertaining. Arrive early to get your ticket. Lots of alligators, birds, and other wildlife. Would highly recommend this for a winter get away. Sarasota is just a few miles away if you tire of looking at the alligators! We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $28.00
We loved this state park. Plenty of bike riding (we rode 82 miles in three days), hiking, nature, and wildlife. Wi-Fi is available at camp store. We used our antenna and had plenty of TV channels. Our site was #76, paved, and right next to the restrooms. We were in the newer section and had sewer hook up. You can either bring your own kayak or canoe or rent one. They also rent bicycles. The restrooms were new and clean. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $14.00
Rate reflects FL SR citizen. We stayed at Big Flats area, the older RV area. Still great but the newer Palmetto Ridge will appeal to the BIG motorhomes and 5ers. Full hookups, including sewer. Our favorite is still Big Flats and we were not disappointed. Rangers to volunteers are what makes this whole park great. Will stay here again and again. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $26.00
Myakka was great! We stayed in the Palmetto Ridge campground which is tailored for modern motor homes with full water/sewer hookups - a rarity for State Parks. Hookups were fine, but sewer connection was a little loose on our site. Site was enormous. It was a bit overgrown but in a nice, natural way. We had a pull thru spot right across from the bathhouse which was kept very clean. Our 35 foot RV almost got lost on it. Campground is isolated and quiet. Great opportunities for hiking, birding, biking, etc. Sadly, my wife and I are new to RVing and we don’t have a tow car or bicycles yet. As such, Myakka is a bit limited as it is a really long (5 miles or more) walk from the campground to the bird trails, etc. We made it about halfway but still had a great time. There are many trails throughout that are close to the campground. We saw TONS of wildlife. All in all a wonderful place to spend some time. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $40.00
WOW! What a great state park. We stayed in the newer section called Palmetto Ridge site # 61, an ADA site. The bath houses are nicer than my home bathroom. Spotless, granite counter tops, tile throughout. The park is 12 miles from light pollution which enables you to see the stars in an unbelievable fashion. The wildlife is abundant. You will most likely have visitors throughout the night. Deer at dusk, gators everywhere, pink spoonbills, and many others. This park should be on every campers bucket list. Happy camping. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $13.00
We started camping in a tent at this park in 1967. Very wet weekend then and standing water everywhere. This can be expected when camping in a Florida swamp. But, we had a great time. Much different in 2013. The loop we were in had 50 amp, full hookups. Loop was added 3-4 years ago. However, much rain here this year and the standing water around the sites was still there. This is old Florida. Be sure to drive around the park an observe the tropical environment, especially from the elevated canopy boardwalk. Lots of 'gators and water birds throughout the park. Our rate was based upon a Florida Senior resident. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $29.00
It is a beautiful state park with lots of trails and wildlife. I highly recommend the canopy walk and tower overlooking the area from above the trees. There is a marina that rents boats and bike and gift shop and snack bar/restaurant. You can easily bike from any of the campground loops to these places on the 7 miles of paved road. The newest loop Palmetteo Ridge is the nicest with 2 newer modern bathhouses, paved entry road, very large gravel sites, with an extra area for picnic table or tents. This area has sewer and more suitable for big rigs than the other 2 loops. The only drawback is the lack of shade. Site 72 is the shadiest, 80+81 partial shade. Big Flats seems to be favored by tenters. Since we wanted a shady site, we stayed in the Old Prairie which has a dirt entry road with several ruts. The small bathhouse was very clean, but old. The campground hosts kept the loop very clean. Summer is not the best time to camp there as there is standing water in several areas. Some sites flooded during heavy rains. No problems with mosquitoes, but I heard they can be a problem. Rate is $26 plus taxes and fees = $29. The Palmetto Ridge loop fills up first so you might want to reserve a site, if you want to stay in the newer area. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $24.00
Very beautiful park, the sites are big and private, some with trees and shade. You can see photos of the sites when you reserve, which is very useful. Other than the trails and canopy walk, not much else to do. There is a boat tour in the summer of the lake which was fun, but if you've seen alligators before it may be boring. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $26.00
There is so much to do here in this campground, it would take more than a week's stay to see everything. Short (20 min) drive to Siesta Key beach where we visited often. Also stayed in the park to view canopy, walk trails, explore the water. Lots of wildlife. Restrooms are very clean. Camp is well maintained. Can't wait to stay here again. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $13.00
We really enjoyed our stay at Myakka River State Park. The campground area we stayed in did not have sewer, only the newer loop has that. But, our loop was very nice, shady and the bathrooms were quite clean. The campground host was friendly and sold firewood from their site, so that was convenient. The only downside was that there isn't much privacy between sites, but it really didn't bother us much. The park has much to do and one benefit of camping is you can watch the sunrise and sunset from the canopy walk. We camped here with our two grand daughters and they really enjoyed the park and the campgrounds. We would recommend this park to anyone looking to see real Florida. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $26.00
We stayed here during spring break with our two grand daughters. Overall, we were very pleased with the campground and the park. On the plus side, the restrooms were very clean, there was a lot to keep us and the kids busy. The park itself is really great! As mentioned before, there isn't much privacy (we stayed in one of the older loops) and it is quite dusty around the campsite. It appears that they are trying to get more plant growth for more privacy, but they still have a ways to go. The dump station was convenient and easy to access. As mentioned before, there is little to no cell phone coverage in the campground, and most of the park for that matter. There is Wi-Fi at the concession building and accessible inside and outside of the building. The park has much to do. There are many hiking and biking trails, a boat ride, tram tour, and canoe rentals. The winter is the dry season and the only place to canoe was in the upper lake. I hear it is easier in a kayak. We really enjoyed our stay. We rate this park at a 7+but would be higher if there was more privacy and sewer hookups in all loops. We will return. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
The Sarasota National Cemetery is a few miles west of the park, and the city of Sarasota is about 12 miles west for serious shopping.NYDutch • March 2015
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