Visitor Guide to Camping in Florida

Visitor Guide to Camping in Florida
Florida has a lot to attract outdoors enthusiasts: fine beaches, expansive wetlands, deep forests and scenic lakes. Blessed with year-around warm weather, the Sunshine State has many attractions for campers and plenty of campgrounds, from state parks to RV parks to areas that are privately owned.

National Parks

The three national parks in Florida are Biscayne, Dry Tortugas and Everglades. All three have tent campgrounds, but only Everglades National Park has facilities for RVs and also permits backcountry camping.

National Seashores and Preserves

Some of the National Park Service's other facilities in Florida offer camping. Big Cypress Nature Preserve has sites ranging from primitive to those for RVs; Canaveral National Seashore permits backcountry camping only; and Gulf Islands National Seashore offers options ranging from tent sites to RV sites.

Florida State Parks

Florida has 160 state parks spread throughout the state. More than three dozen of these parks have campgrounds with sites for RVs and tents, and are even pet-friendly.

KOA Campgrounds

KOA is a campground chain that offers tent sites with full-service facilities such as hot water showers and laundry, sites with hook-ups for RVs and amenities such as a swimming pool, game room and playground. There are 25 KOA campgrounds spread across the state.

Orlando Area

Those looking to save money on a visit to Disneyland by camping instead of staying in a hotel will find plenty of choices in the Orlando area. According to the CampFlorida.com index, there are 15 campgrounds in the area and all of them support either RV or tent camping.

Tents Only

Tent-only sites in Florida are lacking. CampFlorida.com's index shows that the only such campground in state (outside of those operated by the National Park Service) is the beachfront Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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