8.6 Excellent
     
Tierra Verde, Florida

Fort De Soto Campground

Tierra Verde, Florida


3500 Pinellas Bayway S
Tierra Verde, Florida 33715
Phone: (727) 582-2267

Sites: 238
Recent Rate: $39 4/2017

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Latitude: 27.63479775207
Longitude: -82.718145847321
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • 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 yes
  • $1.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 1.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • 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 no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon, Sprint Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon,Sprint
  • 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 yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • 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 no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

134 Reviews

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

Nearly every site is somewhat secluded from the adjacent sites. Access to the water. 50 amp power and water at site. Dump station nearby. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
228
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Be prepared for the tolls! The Pinellas Bayway is a toll road, and there is a small toll to get out to Fort Desoto County Park and campground. "Sunpass" is accepted at the tolls.

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

We were only able to get reservations for one night although we saw lots of vacant sites. Enjoyed the history of the park and the campground was nice. We didn't have bikes nor have time to ride, but definitely will have them next time we come. We stopped at the store for ice cream. Wifi was only available at the store. ATT phone service only enough for texting. Verizon ok. Sites very private and bathrooms spaced in each section of 10 campsites. We parked in dog area. We will definitely come again. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
149
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Bring food unless you have a tow vehicle to drive back out. Nothing close.

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

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Our favorite park in Florida. Lots are near each other, and mostly shady. Site surface is sand and features a picnic table. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Biking, kayaking, shelling, beach combing, or doing nothing!

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is by far one of the nicest state parks we have stayed in. The sites are large and vegetation provides some privacy between sites. There are some great trails throughout the park for walking and biking. The roads are a little tight in some places but we had no problem with our 31' motorhome and saw many much larger units throughout the park. The bathhouse was clean and well maintained. This park is a good launching pad for area beaches. We highly recommend this park to be near the gulf coast area. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

A wonderful stay with fabulous staff. We stayed in the "pet section" which had good walking area for our dogs and nice views of the water from many sites. Dog bags everywhere though we always carry our own. Tight driving for MotorHome due to all the trees but those were a big part of its charm along with the water views, bike and walking paths and nearby beaches (including a dog beach!) Many bath houses which ensured one was nearby. Water & electric but no sewer at all sites. Good camp store. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
111
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bring bicycles or rent. Lots of paved trails over to the beaches, Fort de Soto and the dog parks & dog beach. Staying for more than a few days, a tag-along portable holding tank (like a SmartTote) would be very useful.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a lovely campground with most sites backing up to water. The sites feel private with loads of trees and plants for shade and division between. All sites are very deep, even for big rigs but some are narrower than others so check each one (ours had some trees and overhang that made it a bit tight but we managed). Sites only have electric and water, no sewer or fire pit. You can bring your own fire pit; there's a large picnic table and a permanent charcoal grill. The dump station was close to ours but we were near the front. The showers were great with good water pressure and plenty of hot water; restrooms were clean. Admission to Ft. DeSoto Park is included in the camping fee. Bring your bikes! There's lots of paved bike trails and it's a short ride from the campgrounds to the park. Ft. DeSoto Park has a large leash-free fenced area for dogs to run, as well as a great dog beach (also leash-free). As with the previous review, we also had an issue with ants getting in the trailer, going for the dog food apparently. Being by the water, there were also a lot of mosquitos and "no-see-ums", so bring bug spray and citronella candles! Beautiful scenery though with a variety of local birds and awesome sunsets overlooking the water. Also, it was very quiet, even being in the area for pets. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
91
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We took the ferry to Egmont Key ($20 pp R/T) that was fun. Also snorkeled there (extra charge). The closest grocery store (Publix) is in St. Pete beach (about 10 mi). There's lots of restaurants there or go even a bit further north to Treasure Island where you'll find John's Pass Village and Boardwalk.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

What a great campground! Lots of biking available on well maintained paved paths. Many of the sites including ours had a great water view, and are very secluded due to the vegetation between sites. Two level dump stations. This is one of the nicest Florida public parks. We can't figure out the negative comments. Bathrooms, though dated, were clean and functional. Also great OTA television, and acceptable Verizon cell revive. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
196
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We biked to Billy's restaurant for some great Stone Crabs.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Our favorite stop of 5 weeks and 15 states! Being this close to the white sand beach was amazing. Only thing that would have made it better would be camping in the beach parking lot! Park was quiet and tranquil. Loved our three days there! We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
55
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The north beach is 4 miles away. Bring bikes or another vehicle if planning a day at the beach with kids.

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

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

I've heard great things about this campground and it took me 2 years to finally find a cancellation and get in. According to the website there was only 1 spot open so we took it #161 which was in the section that is for motorhomes and allows pets, although we didn't have a pet. The site was roomy enough although we did disconnect the trailer as it wasn't long enough for both 32 foot motorhome. Some of the sites there are long enough, but not this one. This site was not waterfront, as it did backed up to a ditch. In exploring the park, it is surrounded by water, but there's no swimming in the water around the campground due to current. You can go by car to the park itself which has a beach for swimming as well as fishing piers and the old fort. There isn't much to do within walking distance of the campsite. You need a car to get around. Being in August it was very hot plus it rained and then the dirt road had puddles. On Day 2 of our stay, we realized we had "ants" that had got into our motorhome. Upon looking around outside the camper, we were completely covered in them because we had parked beneath a tree and the ants were coming off of the tree and landing onto our roof and then found their way inside. They were also all over the picnic table and ground as well. Therefore, we cut our trip short and packed up and went home to take care of the problem. I can't say all of the sites there are like this, but I wouldn't stay there again due to this experience. Maybe if the campground trimmed the overhanging tree branches and did some pest control it may be another story. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
161
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
107

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Review Count: 103
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
86
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
196
Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

The Island Grill is a good place to eat.

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

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice state park with lot of things to do around. We stayed there a couple of days during Christmas. Sites are shady and have enough space for big rigs. Some are pull through. Waterfront costs $3 more. Short drive to beautiful beaches and kayak rental station. Trail starts in front of gate. Rangers and staff was really friendly and helpful. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

What else is there to say but spectacular! Waterfront site with awesome views. Easily launched our kayak right from our site? Would stay longer if they allowed it. A bit tight maneuvering in/out of some sites but doable with spotters. Reserve early for one of their great waterfront sites. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Pet free
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Lots of activities, shopping and restaurants within a short drive.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

A real jewel. 30/50 amp. 236 very clean sites tucked into real Florida environment and on the water. No sewer but dump sites. And this is a county park! We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
127
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Fishing, sit in the sun, tour historic Ft DeSoto. rent bikes or kayak.

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