16 Parks near Welaka, Florida
Jul 2010 - $40.00
The only available short term sites were out in the sun, all others were year rounders. There are nice sites on the river, but their web site is a little misleading. Pool was ok at best, has a nice kid's playground. Probably won't come back. - sammy the lot boy
Apr 2009 - $35.00
Park has definitely been getting spruced up. Have camped here for three years off and on as near Stetson University. This vist many buidings were resided and painted. Still in need of repair but definitely improving. The St Johns river is beautiful and they do have a boat ramp - ellasmom
Apr 2006 - $99.00
This is a really great campground. It is extra clean. The bathrooms are superior. The management is very friendly and you could not ask for anyone to be easier to get along with. Too bad the place is for sale. But do try to enjoy it while it's still there. - campfire
Jun 2016 - $30.00
We have camped here many times before. We came across a private owner on craigslist renting their lot cheaper than the official resort was. I was a little worried that the park had gone down hill because of some negative reviews on here but we had no problems. There was $5 fee for our car and golf cart at the gate but we were told up front so no problem. They have added a large dog park since we were here last. We normally spend one full day at the springs, but once you have done that the state parks have nothing else to offer. Love staying here because we have constant access to the lake and pools. We dropped our boat in the lake on Sunday and didn't put it back on the trailer until we left on Friday. Stayed anchored on the beach and were able to jump in and go whenever we wanted. The bathrooms are not fancy but they were very clean. We used them every night instead of bothering with our tiny camper shower. At first I was disappointed the site was not closer to the water, but our site in the back of the park was very shady and quiet and we didn't have to worry about through-traffic while the kids were out playing. Plus the lot was long enough that we were able to leave the truck hooked up to our 30 ft trailer and still park the bikes and golf cart in the back. We plan to book same site next year. - FloridaRVfamily
Jan 2016 - $37.00
This older park is considered a private, condominium community, that is open to the public. It has many owners and long-term renters. A $5 cash fee for non-owners is charged at the gate. We rented a site through the Elite Resort Management company by phone. They do have an office just outside the park. The sales person was very helpful and made sure we knew there would be no cable television due to the cable company digital conversion process. We use a Verizon MiFi and had okay service for the cell phone and internet. Internet was available in the Lodge. Everyone we met was very friendly. The family pool was closed, but the other pool and hot tub were being used quite a bit. A book and puzzle exchange is located in the Lodge. Our pull-through site (#3) was long and wide enough so the Jeep could be parked next to the coach. We did have to position the car and the picnic table to stop golf carts and people from walking through the site. Have to admit, it didn't stop all the walkers! Electricity, water, and sewer were all in good condition. - DiplomatTraveler
Jun 2011 - $42.00
When we checked in, we were charged an extra $10.00 for our own golf cart AND our tow vehicle! We were not told about these charges when we made our reservations and no one could explain why we were being charged extra for the vehicle that got us here. My in-laws drove a motor home in and they were charged extra as well. (No additional vehicle). There was no Wi-Fi available, even at the lodge we tried to connect and where unsuccessful. Cell phone service was non-existant. The staff was NOT friendly at all and extremely rude when we "broke a law." There was no mini-golf as they bulldozed that. No dog run and the dog beach is a 4 foot area with a large pipe in the water that our dog cut her paw on trying to swim. The dock they show kids jumping off of, is now old and rickety. Some sites were VERY small and tight. Couldn't put up our awning all the way. On the positive side, there is lots of shade and large oak trees. Family pool was nice and would have a beautiful view of the lake if it didn't have the large wooden privacy fence all the way around. Many live ins, the exterior of the cabins looked cute. We won't return as the staff and their "HOA police" were enough to frustrate our family! - highmaintenancecamper
May 2016 - $19.00
We camped here 5/15 thru 5/26. The park is clean and is well maintained. There is WIFI at the office and the staff is always nice. There is not a lot to do here but camp,swim in the spring,and fish in the lake outside of the spring. No fishing in the spring which is good with swimmers in it most of the time in warm weather. The springs have a wall built around it on three sides like a swimming pool with no diving off of the wall.
Take your supplies with you as it is about 19 miles to a Walmart if you go north on Hiway 19. There is a dollar store about a mile of the entrance for milk, bread, and packaged foods. A good place to camp for a quite week except for the weekends when the campground is full.
All sites are paved with full hook up in the RV part.There are tent sites
also at a lower rate.but no power. - Wink
Feb 2016 - $19.00
A very rare NFS campground with full hook-ups! The sites were open with some shade trees. About half the sites are reservable (2 week max) and the rest are walk-ups. Laundry facilities were closeby (about a block away) as was a local cafe with good breakfasts and lunches. Big grocery shopping was about 30 mile away. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We definitely plan to return. - Snowbirds34
Jan 2016 - $19.00
This is the only campground in the Ocala National Forest that has full hookups (water, electricity, sewer). It's a great place to see manatees, do a little hiking, boating, and biking. We did some kayaking and got very close to the manatees. Be aware though, there is little (or no) cell coverage! There's some small coverage from Verizon, none from ATT. There is wifi at the registration area. with many campers use. Campsites were spacious, level asphalt and there is a primitive area for, mostly, tents. The campground is run by a private concern. - RonMill
Aug 2010 - $31.00
Right on the highway and road noise is sometimes intense. Only 2 unisex single occupancy bathroom/showers available. Others are closed and chained. Some people do not pay attention to the "No Smoking" rules. One guy came out with a cigarette in one hand, cell phone in his ear and having just urinated on the toilet seat. Many of the RVers here are permanents, but are very friendly and helpful with directions. One guy has his big screen TV mounted on his storage shed door and he watches it at the picnic table. Dogs barking at 2 AM is annoying but, since there are Bear warning signs in the area, a little bit of dog backing is not a bad thing. The sites are level and shade trees are abundant. There are several great restaurants nearby with great seafood and BBQ. - Sammy_3
Jan 2009 - $25.00
Very nice, small campground with no 'planned' activities. Perfect if you prefer to be on your own. You are on a main highway, which is both a plus and a minus. It does mean a lot of road noise. Several good restaurants nearby. Manager was very friendly and helpful. There are nice cabins for rent. Basically, we loved it here, stayed for 3 months! Only thing that was not up to par was the laundromat. Several machines were out of order. We'll be back next year! - KatyB
Feb 2008 - $35.00
Nice place quiet. Near the St John's for boating and fishing. We stayed here for the Daytona Race. You are not going to be entertained here. It is mostly to enjoy the St John's River. - thekeithfan
Apr 2014 - $19.00
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
May 2011 - $20.00
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
Mar 2011 - $20.00
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
Jun 2009 - $20.00
Um, an "adventure." Roads into/out of here are really awful, especially in a rainstorm. Sites are bare ground--no gravel, no pavement. Staff was friendly enough, but we didn't receive any printed campground info, so we don't know what all is available and it's pouring and sort of scary outside, so we're not exploring much. The plus side is that it's less than 1/2 mile from where we're getting service on our Sprinter chassis at the nearby Dodge dealership in the morning. That's why we're here. We're planning to leave in the morning by the entrance, since the exit road looked impassable to us. (Pickup trucks could do it, but not our little Class C--too many ruts!) It is pretty quiet here, except for the mosquitoes buzzing. - JCLC
Mar 2012 - $14.00
This park is part of the Ocala National Forest through recreation.gov. It's rustic and quiet and each site is quite private with heavy vegetation between sites. The restrooms are clean and showers are hot. Water spigots are conveniently placed between each campsite at the road. Nice dish washing pantry at the bath house. Camp hosts are extremely nice, stopping to chat or answer questions. Bear/raccoon proof trash containers are everywhere. Dirt sites and interior roads however that didn't deter our group on Touring motorcycles. Great riding in the area and stores are up the road. A firewood vendor up the road delivered firewood to our site for a couple bucks. We had a great time with 18 people and 12 bikes all tenting. There was a beach and a lake, very clean and nice. Sites all had lantern hangers, metal lattice picnic tables, fire rings and shade trees. We'd stay again, it's quiet and back to nature. - Full-timers
Feb 2009 - $12.00
This is rustic camping at it's finest! This is a first come, first serve national forest park. Two great hosts greeted us at the gate. There are security codes for the gate after hours, and security codes for the nice neat clean bathrooms too. Well-spaced out sites with plenty of palmetto bushes, tall live oaks, dripping Spanish moss and quiet surroundings make this quite a tranquil experience. Each site has a huge picnic table of a plastic coated grid mesh that we have never seen before. Each site also has a built in charcoal grill, fire ring, and tall lantern hook. We are still camped here as I write this. Air card internet via Sprint allows me to access the net from this remote location. We were only going to stay the weekend, but we decided to stay 2 or 3 more days! Our folks are camping in the next site for only $6 a night, with Golden Age passport. There is a dump station and also water spigots placed all over the park, usually within hose distance to most sites to fill your camper up again if needed (don't leave your hose hooked up all the while, that is not fair to the other campers) Some sites are pull through, others are short and better for tents. We are here with 2 big diesel rigs 40-footers. The two friendly hosts are busy all the time, cleaning, picking up stuff, chatting with folks and answering questions. Nice beach with fenced off swimming area for gator protection. Bear-proof trash containers spaced all through the park at convenient places, not just at the entrance. Our friends are coming to join us tomorrow on the next site, and we might just stay a few more days. - kareninthewoods
Jun 2015 - $32.00
Very few RV spots and they could be difficult to get into as road is narrow. Seemed to be a lot of either full timers or people that keep their sites for weekends/summer. We were there for 3 nights during the week. It was quiet and all of the residents were nice. Friday afternoon lots of people came in for the weekend. Pool was great! They also had boat docks and boats for rent. Restrooms were clean and showers appeared to be new. Office did have some supplies like ice, beer and maybe wine and a few t-shirts/hats, etc. The only complaint we would have is that we were very close to the entrance road and people would come through and stir up dust. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and will probably be back. But, if you are coming for lots to do, this isn't the place unless you fish, kayak or just want to relax, which is what we like. - Lindaosm
Mar 2013 - $27.00
This place is an enigma. When we arrived on Saturday, the office was closed. We had reservations, so we found our site, the only empty one here. It was a bit rough and unlevel, but it worked. None of the help was around until we got settled. They were surprised that ANY site was open... the owner included. It's very quiet with a nice pool. It's about an hour's drive into St. Augustine, the reason we were here. Folks, as in Florida in general, are very friendly. Not much to see in the town and no hiking trails nearby, but we liked it. - Red Wolf Deux
Aug 2011 - $28.00
Spent the weekend about an hour a little south of Jacksonville in a town named Welaka. It has 1 stop light and 1 gas station with a few places to eat. It looks like it is a town of about 500 or so folks. I went there for some fishing in and around the St Johns River. I stayed a little campground lodge by the name of Welaka Lodge and Resort. There are 4 nice looking cabins for rent, there are about 5 RV sites that do not have RV’s parked in them, some are work campers, there is a nice small swimming pool, and on Sundays they have a big party at the dock. Friday and Saturday evening most folks head to a place called “Shrimp R Us” that has live bands and some good food and drink. It is an easy walk from the campground. The owners of the campground are friendly and stay busy keeping the place up. There is no cable or TV reception so plan ahead if you go there. There is no late night parting that I seen as everyone disappeared at about 730PM each night and were not seen again until mid-morning. There are 2 cons about staying there besides the cable; the first is the “BLIND BUGS” 500 millions of them per square yard and they land on everything, get into everything and are a real pain to even walk through. They get side the camper faster than you can open and close the door and you spend along time killing them, really nasty tiny bugs. The second is you cannot launch your boat or kayak for the lodge; yes, they have a nice dock, but no boat ramps. Next door is a fishing camp that has a ramp but ….also has 100 million of the “BLIND BUGS” that make it impossible to even put the boat/kayak in the water as they get in your ears, eyes and mouth and all over everything including you and anything you have, to include getting in your vehicle. There is a public boat ramp down the street about 2 blocks (they only have about 5 million bugs there) that is one of the steepest I have ever seen about 60 degrees and 150 yards long. Then you have to find a place to park up on top the hill. There was 1 bait shop in town but it has gone under so bring your own bait or use artificial lures. The shrimp was running in that part of the river so the fishing was really slow I talked to no one that had caught anything the whole week. The fish were so full of free shrimp that they couldn’t move. In the evening the wind comes blowing through with such force that even using a 3 spike anchor you still drift. Would I go to Welaka for a weekend or fishing again? I cannot think of any reason to return. - jaxfl
Jul 2016 - $27.00
We rerouted here when we had a change in plans over the July 4th weekend. We were shocked that anyone had a site available...and we were REALLY shocked when we arrived on July 1 and saw about 60% of the sites open! But by the morning of the 4th, there was maybe 10% occupied. And most of those are owned sites.
This is an ATV lovers dream! Most of the folks that were there on the weekend had ATVs with them....so it was NOT quiet! But when they left it was really peaceful!
When you arrive, they let you drive around and pick your own site. Pay attention to where the trees are, if you're looking for some shade. There's not a lot of it....but if you plan carefully you'll get some.
The bathrooms were clean and the shower stalls were probably the most beautiful I've ever seen at a campground! We didn't use them, but I did look and they were awesome!
2 negatives here..... 1) The amazing renovated laundry facility is awesome...but they have hookups for about 20 washers and 10 driers (give or take) but they only have 4 tiny washers and 2 driers. And they didn't have air conditioning, which is understandable....and the windows all open....but there are NO fans! Hot, steamy and stagnant in there! Just a couple of ceiling or box fans would be a huge improvement!
2) There was an outage in the water system.... no water from 6 PM Saturday to at least 11PM.... We understand that "stuff happens"... But the next day at 9:00 AM we were informed of a boil water situation and that it would be in effect until they say otherwise.... We left Tuesday at noon and we were never told of it being lifted. So was it lifted and were never told?
Overall, it's a great place....just needs some tweaks here and there. And there's not much to do....or stores nearby. So plan accordingly! - doggpurr
Mar 2015 - $30.00
Tried to get into Salt Springs and it was full, then tried Rodman and there were full, then found this gem, we stayed for the weekend, was a hidden gem. Loved the hiking trails, and the lots were very spacious. Plan on cooking at your RV as there are no stores or restaurants for a ways, you are out in the middle of the Ocala Forest. Staff were very friendly, terrific views, beautiful lake , sunrises and sunsets are awesome. The park has a huge pool. The grounds are immaculate. Bath houses are very clean and showers are spacious. Great park also if you like to ATV as they have ATV trails. We cannot wait to go back there. Prices are very reasonable. The site are HUGE. Did I mention the friendly staff. While there take a trip to Rodman Dam, out of this world. - ladymac2015
May 2014 - $27.00
This park has changed over or is the process of becoming a KOA. The pool was awesome. Being able to ride an ATV from the park to Ocola OHV area was awesome. Grass sites are somewhat level and bathhouse was clean. They need to get firewood and a better stocked camp store. This park is far from anything so bring what you need. The WiFi was useless but I did have a weak ATT signal. I would stay here if I was riding an ATV but other than that unless you fish its limited. - DS650
Mar 2016 - $25.00
In Section 2, the bathroom is on the side of the campground near the Handicapped sites. The other side of the campground, near the canal has to walk around the hill in between the 2 roads. All sites in this section have curbs that you drive over to get into your site. The curbs made it hard to use my mobility scooter to visit friends - I could get over the curb into the site but had a very hard time getting back to the road. Sites on the canal side are shady. - pegdiver
Mar 2016 - $11.00
Very well maintained. Excellent staff. Stayed in Phase II on the canal. Good view and sites angled for privacy. Phase I under trees, also good. Lot of hiking available and excellent asphalt roads to bike. Visit the dam area, walk along the canal to the Buckman Locks. Fishing, kayaking good. 50/30/20amp. Primitive camping is really nice. Park was quiet and relaxing the week we were there. Worth going back to. Firewood & ice available. - GDoug
Feb 2016 - $25.00
Nice campground out in the middle of nowhere. Some sites have no trees so we were able to get satellite TV after we moved. First Office staffer not helpful, the second one helped us move. Campground is pretty, has lots of kids on the weekends and not far from the dam with fishing. Showers and laundry were good. Verizon phones barely worked. Internet worked a couple days then did not over the weekend. Don't personally like to be so isolated. Probably would not camp here again. - rwarner22