Short bumpy hard dirt road entrance from highway. Excellent Wi-Fi. Sites are all on dirt or mud, when it rains. We were there when there was mud. 10+ sites were too muddy to use. No cement pads/patios or site picnic table. Very close to the Ocala National Forest. Takes PA but only for stays of 3+ days. Friendly management escorted us to site. Didn't see any showers nor were there any indicated on the map. Suggest staying here if you like a rustic setting, and then only during dry times. Not a great value. - LeeCA
This is a beautiful park. The springs is a local swimming hole, very busy on weekends. There are 3 loops in the campground. Most of the sites are shaded and very large with a good amount of space between. The Fern is for tents only, with dirt road and no set tent pads. The Sandpine has more vegetation separating the sites. I prefer the Tropical Loop which is an easy walk to the springs and nature trail. Your neighbor may be visable but is a good distance away. There are several pull-through sites. A few sites are in full sun during the day, but most are under large trees. You can hear traffic on Hwy 40 at night but it isn't that loud to wake you up. Bathrooms were kept very clean even on the weekend. Showers have a push button which automatically turns off after a couple of minutes. I would give it a 9 or 10 if they had electrical hook ups. The Juniper Canoe Run is 7 miles, narrow and shallow in most places. Toward the end it is more open and sunny. They say it is not for beginners as there are lots of fallen trees in the water, curves, a constant current and one small area of rapids. They check coolers for disposal bottles and alcohol. They will send you back if you have these. They have a shuttle service to take you back at the end of the canoe run but you must register and pay at the store in advance. We also stayed at Alexander Springs but I prefer Juniper Springs. - On the Road again 11
We love to come here because it is close to home. The spring itself is so refreshing and beautiful. The sites are always clean and the operators are very friendly. - jenny_roberts75
For looks and quiet this place is a 10. But we were very disappointed that the concessionaire at the gate does not recognize the "access pass" we have. This is the first USFS facility that did not honor this. Good cell service, had to set the direct TV out and about to shoot thru the trees and the motosat no way. But again very peaceful and serene. - idahojoat
Lake Waldena is a large park on the far outskirts of town. The CG is a trailer park and RV park with more permanent trailers than RV sites. The trailer park is mainly occupied by snowbirds.
My site was along the main road into the park, therefore there was a lot of traffic. Sites 82 to 104 are on the main road. Due to the heavy rain the previous week the ground was soaked and I had to wash all the levelers and chocks due to the mud encased in them when I was prepping to leave.
Pros - all utilities worked fine. Wi-fi was adequate. Cable TV was all analog.
Cons - road noise from FL 40. Office is closed on Sundays. I have to assume that mosquitos are a problem most of the year due the swampy area behind the sites (the Nature Preserve on their map).
I would stay here again in a pinch. - jnateg
Overall, the campground was nice. Our site was grass with a concrete patio and a tight squeeze between the patio and the sewer pipe. It rained a lot and the water permeated quickly into the ground. It has a swimming area for the lake but we didn't use it. The bathrooms were older but clean. It had a nice clubhouse with a reading room and lending library as well as a game room including two pool tables and card tables. The wifi worked fine for us. There is an outdoor pavilion with picnic tables and an out door community fire pit We stayed with a rally and used Passport America for the rate listed. There are a lot of permanent mobile homes within one section of the park, but not a problem. The staff was very helpful. - SGF
We stayed for 1 month (so $408). Most staff helpful, lots uneven. No public phone access and hours for check-in not friendly for all day travelers. Office closed at 4:00 and emergency #'s listed no-one answered. Campers too close together. - Myrtle
Just a warning to others....... Their website is VERY misleading. We needed a place to stay for a month in Central Florida. We called from the previous campground that we'd been staying at to see if they had availability. The lady on the phone said "we only have one left". Since the campground that was our first choice was already full we went ahead and booked it. She wanted our credit card over the phone. I know better than paying for a site before seen but she said it was the last one! So I gave her the credit card number which she said would be charged that day. (Absolutely no refunds)
This could be a very long story but I will cut to the chase and comment on discrepancies with their website.
Concrete pads - I don't see any. We are parked on grass that sinks when it rains.
Restaurant- There is no restaurant on site much less that delivers. There is a mini mart at the entrance. Don't expect to get your milk and bread there, but if it's beer and soda you are after you are in luck!
Beach/Swimming footsteps from your site - There is no beach on the property. There is no water that you can swim in on property unless you don't mind swimming with alligators! There is a beach that you can see from the property but you need a vehicle to get there. It is part of the National Forest system so you have to pay fees to get in.
Laundry - Yes, there is a laundry "onsite" but it sits facing State Highway 40 and has a big sign with the hours written on it (the hours on the sign are incorrect) so it is open to the public. There is only COLD water wash available.
Boats and jet ski rental (As described on the Passport America site under 'highlights') - None.
Don't bother sending an email inquiry as their website suggests. I never did get a response. I also would caution you to NOT get anything of importance sent to you here via mail. We never did get the FedEx "overnight" envelope that was sent to us. Everybody that we met that was staying here was very nice. - RunAroundSue
The person who waited on us was pleasant. Most of the park seem to be filled with permanent residents or many "season" residents with a few short term RV spots thrown in. We were told there was WiFi with no charge - we spent forever trying to get on it (office had closed). Finally found out we needed to go to the office/ community room area. There is a small library area in the common area and large community room.
The pool had terrible looking water in it and half filled. Even if you wanted to just sit by the pool sometime during the day it wouldn't have been available.
The site we had was pretty close to our neighbor, but level. Although the CG is right in town it was quieter than we expected. It worked out fine for an overnight stay. - jannie123
Overall this is a great, safe park. It is divided into three. Preserves are for Class A only; Town is for park models and some fifth wheels. Village is more for rentals but has some owners. Village pool is not heated so there is no point of having it. Wi-Fi is extra but we didn't use it. Restrooms are basically clean but could be better. Friendly park with ample sites. They are offset so it feels bigger also. - Snooker2
Nice, older park. We arrived late and the information about where to go was on the door. VERY friendly and helpful. The manager was very quick to help when there was a problem. That problem was we spent the first night on row P: too close to FL 40 and all the traffic. Once we moved, it was nice under the huge live oak tree. We would highly recommend this place: but stay away from Highway 40! - Jim Tadlock
Paid a weekly rate for two weeks of 142.50 per week. Streets narrow, With a 35' 5th wheel able to pull in and out but close. Desk person advised coming into site from wrong side and had to go around. That said, very quiet park, neat and clean. cable is available but you have to contract with local company to hook up. Long term only. Close to Ocala and easy in and out. Would stay again. - Baldone
I found this campground to be quiet and nice. The Hosts were great, leading me to the camp site. We stayed two weeks and enjoyed the park. - firesafety912
A very big, impersonal camp ground, mainly for snow birds who have a permanently placed
trailer...other than that it is a place to stay if you want to visit this part of Florida. One of the staff would not accept $ until (I guess) the person who ran the park returned...It was a nice place to stay, but don't think I would stay there again. - Motorhome Madness
Visit the park website for directions as one of the possible routes in has an extremely bad stretch of road. The park offers level grass sites, quiet, good utilities including cable, and very nice restrooms. AT&T phone and data service is very weak. Wi-Fi isn’t offered but an outdoor DSL cable is available at a shaded picnic table. - never settled
Very quiet area, although you have to go about 1/2 mile on a dirt road to get to the park (not bad), Large grassy sites for all but some had cement "patios" next to your RV with a picnic table. The bathroom/showers were immaculate. The showers were lukewarm. The owners did turn up the temperature, but the water still wasn't all that hot. But it was warm enough for a shower. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The laundry is clean and reasonable, however, it did take 3 times to get my towels dry (at 75c for 1/2 hour of drying). They do have a clothesline and clothespins by the laundry for the campers to use. There is an internet hookup by the office, but not at the individual sites. There is a clubhouse where the snow birds gather for games and/or cards every night. By the time we left, most of the snow birds were gone and the year round people don't join in. We really enjoyed our stay and would return. - Kani29
Not a campground with swimming pool, hot tub, gym, etc., but extremely well kept and very clean. The owners are very welcoming and make you feel like part of the family! - Leo Millward
Preserve section. Continues to be first rate. Lots of room. Concrete pad. Excellent WiFi and cable. Water harder than I recall being prior visit. Outstanding security day and night. Very helpful, courteous, friendly staff. No discount this time of year, but worth it. Will return. - MSTraveler
Rate is PA member. Stayed for few weeks and enjoyed the park. 3 pools, 2 dog parks, and a gym made our stay very enjoyable. And our motor home enjoyed the Preserves section for its nice spaces. - rgg
A nice stop. A paved site and fairly empty this time of year. Office staff very helpful. WiFi worked at the clubhouse. Passable cable. Passport accepted. - Libby