1 Park near Tierra Verde, Florida
Apr 2016 - $43.00
We really loved this county-run park. There are 2 campgrounds, one for folks with dogs, and one for the other folks. Our campsite was surrounded in a U with Florida forest. It made us feel really secluded from our neighbors - though we could see them through the greenery. The waterfront campsites are lovely (though we didn't have one). The park has a dog beach on the Tampa Bay shoreline where you can hang out on the beach with your dog off a leash. We saw quite a few families set up with chairs and umbrellas for the day. All the dogs got along well, and owners were really good about controlling their dogs. There is also an enormous fenced dog park. Further along the road, the "people" beach has lovely white sand and looks out on the gorgeous green water of the Gulf of Mexico. The park is very bike friendly, and motorists will actually stop for you as you cross a street (either on foot or bicycle). We also enjoyed a great kayak paddle right off one of the waterfront campsites. The park ranger I spoke with was almost surly, yet the camp hosts were super friendly and helpful. The online reservation system is challenging to use. At the time I made my reservation, it looked like I had booked the last available site in the dog area. Yet, when we were there easily 1/3 of the sites were empty. We loved it here and will definitely camp here again. - ShoreXplorers
Apr 2016 - $41.00
We have been camping here for the last 6 years, and I am afraid this past April will be the last. The cost to stay is not cheap and for the money the park is making, the roads dust is unbelievable. The roads should be black topped, the excuse they give is they do not have run off areas, well make some even if you have to take a site or two. Another idea is do some research and bring in some other road material other than limestone or whatever they are using. Sure they bring a water tanker in a few times a week and helps for about an hour. We talked to a lot of campers and everyone is disgusted and are very surprised that none of our health organizations have not been involved yet because of the dust, when you have to clean air condition filters twice in two weeks something is wrong, and just think we are breathing that dust. So please Fort Desoto do something about the roads.
Its a shame because as a hole the location, the sites are clean but could stand some thinning out of the foliage. the 50 amp service seems to be very clean. We always enjoyed Fort Desoto and are going to miss it. - Long-time-camper
Feb 2016 - $43.00
A pretty setting, but the trees have been allowed to get out of control and dirt everywhere got old especially in the rain. We like to be able to see sun, sky and scenery and with few exceptions, there is little of that. Most of the sites are like caves because of the trees. The men's bathroom was filthy and in disrepair with missing fixtures, leaking shower heads and who knows how old, caked soap on the shower walls and floors. My wife says the women bathroom was clean- must be the fact that the men who clean the men's bathroom need some training. The park charges plenty to stay, including two bridge fares to get in. They aught to put some money back into the park to keep it up. We won't stay in a county park again. - pbhb