With more than 150 state parks, more than one million acres of state forests, and eleven national parks, monuments and seashores, Florida has plenty of space for a camper to find their own piece of nature. And with more than 18 million residents in Florida, there are many others you can find to share your adventures with. From the miles of shoreline the state offers, to the swamps that recharge the water supply for the growing urban centers of the state, to the upland pine forests that descend into oak hammocks and cypress stands near water sources, Florida offers a wide variety of intriguing camping experiences.
Northeast Florida Camping Club
This club is focused on family camping trips in Florida and southern Georgia. The club maintains an active forum where members are able to plan club and non-club related trips as well as exchange knowledge and buy/sell unwanted camping items.
This Jacksonville, Florida-based club focuses on pop-up camping in northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia. The club holds monthly camping trips and works to make camping trips more frequent, cost-effective, and enjoyable for its members. Dues are $25 per year per family.
Florida Trail Association
The Florida Trail Association (FTA) has facilitated the creation and maintenance of the Florida Trail, designated as the Florida National Scenic Trail in 1983, in addition to a significant number of adjoining and remote trails. While many of their organized hikes are day hikes, the FTA chapters throughout the state conduct a number of multi-day overnight camping hikes.
Tampa Adventure Group
While not exclusively restricted to camping, the Tampa Adventure Group does incorporate camping in many of its activities in central Florida. Boasting more than 2000 members, this group is interested in almost any imaginable outdoor activity from hiking and fishing to spelunking and SCUBA diving.
This Orlando, Florida-based hiking and paddling group frequently incorporates overnight camping trips in its expeditions. The club is extremely active with multiple events each week. Most events are free for members aside from personal costs and membership is $20 per year for a family.
This north Florida hiking group is dedicated to exploring and enjoying natural Florida. Although possessing a relatively small membership, this new group is very active in the outdoors providing those interested with opportunities to get outside with like-minded people whenever desired.
Article Written By David Chandler
David Chandler has been a freelance writer since 2006 whose work has appeared in various print and online publications. A former reconnaissance Marine, he is an active hiker, diver, kayaker, sailor and angler. He has traveled extensively and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida where he was educated in international studies and microbiology.