Campgrounds in the Gainesville, Florida Area

Campgrounds in the Gainesville, Florida Area
Known as the home to the University of Florida, Gainesville also boasts the Florida Museum of Natural History complete with a lush, enclosed rain forest garden featuring both native and exotic butterfly species. Another popular exhibit at the museum is the more than 500 fossil displays of Florida's prehistoric wildlife from a giant sloth to large sharks. For more lively action, travelers may visit Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park to find a population of buffalo roaming the "Great Alachua Savannah." This mixture of wilderness, scientists, college students and outdoor enthusiasts also has allowed Gainesville to become the home of the Florida Speleological Society, Florida Paleontological Society and the Florida Trail Association.

Kate's Fish Camp

Kate's Fish Camp next to Newnan's Lake allows campers to find their own forested place in Central Florida. While RVs camping is possible with water and electric hookup, the real draw for campers here is primitive camping along Newnan's Lake. Near the park, anglers and boaters will find a boat ramp and bait shop ready to provide the needed provisions for a day on the water. Bikers will find the Gainesville-Hawthorne Bike Trail offers many miles of pedaling.

Kate's Fish Camp
6518 SE Hawthorne Road
Gainesville, FL 32641
(352) 372-1026
katesfishcamp.com

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

One of the most ecologically diverse state parks in Florida, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Parks most notable feature is its vast grasslands. During conservation efforts to protect the American Bison in the western United States, a population of buffalo was reintroduced to the prairie almost 200 years after their initial disappearance from Florida. Camping in the park is located in a heavily wooded area near Lake Wauberg for tent, pop-ups and RVs. Electric and water hookup sites are available, and a dump station is on the park grounds.

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Blvd.
Micanopy, FL 32667
(352) 466-3397
floridastateparks.org/paynesprairie

Traveler's Campground

Campers will find Traveler's Campground ready to accommodate their tent and RV camping needs with full hookup RV sites and tent sites with electric and water. Although the traffic of nearby Interstate 75 might detract from the natural setting, this campground provides a great launch point to explore Oleno State Park and River Rise State Park to the northwest and San Felasco State Park to the south. Within the park, guests can make use of the Wi-Fi, cable TV, pool, propane, general store and laundry facilities. Pets are permitted on RV sites but not at the tent campsites.

Traveler's Campground
17701 April Blvd.
Alachua, FL 32615
(386) 462-2505
travelerscampground.com

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.

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