8.6 Excellent
     
Tierra Verde, Florida

Fort De Soto Campground

Tierra Verde, Florida



Tierra Verde, Florida
Phone: (727) 582-2267

Sites: 238
Recent Rate: $43 4/2016

Latitude: 27.6347977520703
Longitude: -82.7181458473206

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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
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • 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

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125 Reviews

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

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.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Number
107

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Review Count: 83
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 15

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

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.

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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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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

We have camped here for the last three years, great place on the water, sand sites and large enough for 43' RV if you can get into the site. They refuse to cut the brush and trees plus they have trash bins just in the wrong place for many of the sites. They have several pull through sites that would work but they are usually taken. We will stay again if we can get a pull through. The web site gives no information as to the access with a larger rig. We stayed two weeks with no sewer so we had to dump. When we arrived it took 45 minutes to get into site. I went to office when I was going to dump and asked to move to one of the pull thrus, two were empty but they would not let me move. Both sites stayed empty for two days. One was occupied by a 19 ' trailer. The help is not concerned about the campers. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
223
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at Fort Desoto for 2 weeks, booking our stay for January in July the previous year. Had heard it was hard to get into the park. We were very disappointed after reading all the good reviews. The interior roads are in very bad shape although they do keep trying to run a blade over them after a rain. We have a pet so were limited as to where we could camp and there wasn't much room in the park you could even walk them as you are limited to the one camp area. Were also disappointed that we had to pay tolls ever time we left and came back to the park. It was VERY shaded, and rained a lot while we were there. Fort Desoto park itself had lots to do, but we were very disappointed in the campground. The sites are hard to get into due to all the trees. We moved our truck so the person across from us could use our drive to maneuver in. The roads are windy and narrow, with low hanging branches and BUMPY! We probably wouldn't return again as we thought it was way overpriced. There are extra fees for anything you want to do, including having to rent a firepit. For the price we paid, it should've been included. Water/Electric were all that was included. The dump is also tight to get into. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

I can't even begin to describe how great a stay we had at Gort DeSoto. After several years of visiting the beach at this park, we were able to return with our motorhome and stay. We stayed the week leading up to Christmas day. The park was at capacity but it still is the most quiet and private campground we have ever stayed at. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
188
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Kayaking in this park is awesome - go in the morning.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice county park and campground. The campground is divided into three sections, one for campers with pets, one no pets allowed and a tent/pop up only section. Sites are W/E only, OTA tv, all or partial shade with lots of ground vegetation between them, well spaced apart, deep, with plenty of room for slide outs. Roads and sites are hard packed shell and sand. Our site required little leveling. Restroom and showers are older but kept clean even during a busy weekend. Camp store has some basic foods, fishing supplies, bait and beach stuff. Fire pits available for rent at the store or you can bring your own. Check in was easy and the staff friendly and helpful. Fishing, playground, paved bike paths, beach and boat launch available. Parking fee for the beach is waived while you are camping. We will camp here again. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
176
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our first stay at this park and we were very pleased. Our site was very long and narrow with a grill and large picnic table. Cell phone reception (AT&T) was spotty and reception with Dish unpredictable due to trees. Our site backed up to water, but was pretty much obscured by the mangroves. Being FL in August we were pleasantly surprised to be fairly mosquito free. The beaches were nice, uncrowded and we traveled all of the park on our bikes. Dog walking was not a problem and there were several areas in the pet section where you could get additional bags if needed. We are looking forward to returning again. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
141
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Very difficult to get reservations, but well worth it. Trees make it a little difficult to maneuver on road to campsite and getting in to spot. A long trip to the beach, you have to drive. Very well kept. Wildlife abundant. Trash cans close to sites and emptied daily. Roads scraped and maintained very well after rain. No sewer. Employees very nice.all areas clean and well kept. Not much grass to walk dogs near most sites. Overall a great experience, will return. Even a dog beach again not close though. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Overall, I thought Fort De Soto Campground was pretty cool, but I have a few complaints. First of all, we reserved a "water front" campsite. Technically our site backed up to the water, but there was a row of hedges that were about 7 feet tall that basically blocked the entire view of the water, so it was worthless.

Secondly, I was there in a 45' big rig, and I would say this park is not really designed for a unit that size (although I called in advance and was told it would be fine). I didn't see any others that large, so if you have a big rig, go with caution. The roads and the sites are very tight for a large unit. My cousin was in the site next to us, and he had to go to a hardware store to buy a tool to trim some branches so he'd have enough room to put his slides out.

Other than that, the restroom and shower facilities were clean enough, and the overall state park was pretty nice. We enjoyed our stay there, but I probably wouldn't go back in a big rig. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
231

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Absolutely love this place! We've stayed numerous times with heavily wooded sites right on the water. You always see lots of bird, and on a few occasions, we've had dolphins playing just a bit out from our campsite. Most sites are separated by pretty thick trees that provide decent privacy.

The park has one of the top 10 rated beaches in the U.S., which is probably a mile long with no buildings. It is only 10 minutes from St. Pete Beach, which is full of restaurants, touristy junk stores, ice cream shops and a decent grocery store.

You can fish from the seawall right in the campgrounds. There's also a small playground for kids. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is my happy place. Large shaded sites with brush barriers in between each site. Mostly level. Water pressure is good. You can fish and boat at the back of the waterfront sites. It's about a mile to the swimming beaches. There is a dog park/dog beach a mile away. This park is very hard to get a reservation for a waterside site. You have to be diligent and computer savvy to get a good one. Reservations are taken 6 months out. There are some pull throughs available. Some of the sites are incredibly tight and require some interesting backing to get into with a long 5th wheel but we managed it. There is a great store in the campground with scoop ice cream that made afternoon snack bike rides a must. They sell bait, sundries, and fishing supplies. There are great trails, good bike trails, and an excellent boat launch area. The beaches are filled with sea shells. The ocean is about waist deep for quite a while. You can rent kayaks from the campground or have a local company deliver/pickup right to your site. We saw dolphins and manatees from our campsite. You can rent a fire ring or bring your own. There is firewood for sale. People are very friendly and weekends are super busy and sometimes loud from family get togethers and late night camp fires. If there was on onsite host we never saw them nor were they identified. The bathrooms were kind of clean and had great water pressure. There doesn't seem to be any paid staff as everyone we saw had "volunteer" on the back of their shirts. Some days the bathrooms didn't get cleaned. As it's Florida there are always lizards and bugs in the bathrooms because the bathrooms aren't closed up. This is the most beautiful park I have ever stayed in. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
101
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

They rarely have same day sites available for more than a day or two. They have their reservation policy clearly posted on their website. They don't give refunds although they do allow cancellation credits or moving of dates. You must pay everything up front when you make the reservation.

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