5 fun Florida camping spots

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(Florida State Parks)

 

Florida is universally recognized for its beautiful beaches. Less well known are its beautiful camping sites. Long Key State Park, Grayton Beach State Park, Anastasia State Park, Lithia Springs Regional Park and Hillsborough River State Park are five popular family camping sites. They offer a wide range of activities from bicycling to fishing to hiking to swimming. Some offer both primitive and normal camping, and some have group campsites reserved for organizations such as the Boy Scouts. Many parks are free to enter, and camping charges are low. Most parks offer senior and military discounts.

 

long key camping

(Florida State Parks)

Long Key State Park is located at 67400 Overseas Hwy in Layton. It offers camping, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking/nature trail, pets, picnicking, snorkeling, swimming, and wildlife viewing experiences. The Spaniards named this island Cayo Vivora, “Rattlesnake Key,” because the island’s shape resembles a snake with open jaws. Information at floridastateparks.org/longkey or by calling 305-664-4815.

 

Grayton Beach offers pull through camping for big rigs. (Florida State Parks)

Grayton Beach offers pull through camping for big rigs.

Grayton Beach State Park is located at 357 Main Park Rd in Santa Rose Beach. It offers bicycling, boat ramp, cabins, camping, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking/nature trail, picnic pavilion, swimming, and wildlife viewing experiences. This beach consistently ranks as one of the most beautiful and pristine American beaches. Information at floridastateparks.org/graytonbeach or by calling 850-231-4210.

 

Lighthouse from Boardwalk - Photo by Ken Bradley (Florida State Parks)

Lighthouse from Boardwalk – Photo by Ken Bradley (Florida State Parks)

Anastasia State Park is located at 300 Anastasia Park Rd in St Augustine. It offers bicycling, birding, boating, camping, canoeing/kayaking, concession, fishing, geo-seeking, hiking/nature trail, picnicking, playground, shelling, surfing, swimming, and wildlife viewing experiences. Over 1600 acres feature pristine beaches, a tidal salt marsh, and an archaeological site where coquina rock was mined to build a nearby fortress, Castillo de San Marcos. Information at floridastateparks.org/anastasia or by calling 904-461-2033.

 

Lithia Springs1

(Hillsborough County Parks)

Lithia Springs Regional Park is located at 3932 Lithia Springs Rd in Lithia. Entry fee is $2/eight-person vehicle, $1 per additional person, and $2/person for swimming. The park offers facilities for camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, picnicking, and swimming. The 160-acre park contains terrain rarely seen in Hillsborough County. The spring’s temperature is a constant 72 degrees.

 

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(Florida State Parks)

Hillsborough River State Park is located at 15402 N Us Highway 301 in Thonotosassa. The park offers facilities and locations for bicycling, camping, canoeing/kayaking, concession, fishing, geo-seeking, hiking and nature trails, meetings/retreats, picnicking, swimming, and wildlife viewing. One of Florida’s first state parks, it is divided by the Hillsborough River with Class II rapids. The nearby Fort Foster State Historic Site is available during guided tours only, Saturdays at 2 & 4 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. More info: floridastateparks.org/hillsboroughriver. 

 

Where is your favorite “back to nature” spot in Florida? Let us know in the comments!

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Reporter, Robyn Pliscott, writes news and media reviews for The Brandon Beacon.  

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