Campgrounds in Ocala, Florida

Campgrounds in Ocala, Florida
The central Florida city of Ocala is a popular destination for outdoor activities and exploration. The Silver River originates in neighboring Silver Springs and meanders a short distance to the Ocala National Forest. A short drive north leads to Paynes Prairie State Park, one of the ecological marvels of Florida where American bison and wild horses roam. To the east lies Rainbow Springs State Park and Goethe State Forest. The Marjorie Harris Cross Florida Greenway crosses through Ocala, bringing travelers to trek, bike or horseback ride across Florida.

Arrowhead Campsites

Oaks covered with Spanish moss provide shade for campers at this park. Principally an RV campground, Arrowhead Campsites does have tent sites available in the center of Ocala near the U.S. 27 exit on Interstate 75. In addition to the cultural and historical attractions within the city of Ocala, campers can travel a few miles east on U.S. 27 to find Silver River State Park and the Ocala National Forest as well as the developed attraction Silver Springs Nature Park. The campground has utilities, a pool, shuffleboard courts and laundry facilities.

Arrowhead Campsites
1720 N.W. 38th Ave.
Ocala, FL 34482
(352) 622-5627

Ocala RV Camp Resort

In southern Ocala, near the Cross Florida Greenway Land Bridge across Interstate 75, Ocala RV Camp Resort offers guests and their pets tent sites and full hookup RV sites and cabins. In addition to the hiking and biking trails, a short drive west leads to Ross Prairie State Forest, Halpata Tastanaki Preserve and Rainbow Springs State Park, where tubing down the clear, cool Rainbow River on a warm Florida day is always popular. Resort amenities include restrooms, showers, a heated pool and laundry facilities.

Ocala RV Camp Resort
3200 S.W. 38th Ave.
Ocala, FL 34474
(352) 237-2138

Ocala National Forest

The expansive Ocala National Forest lies east of Ocala, encompassing 383,000 acres of springs, rivers, marshes and woodlands. Options range from back-country camping throughout the forest to primitive campsites and developed campsites suitable for tent or RV. The forest offers rental cabins. These campgrounds vary significantly ranging from no facilities for back-country sites to electric, water, restrooms and showers at campgrounds around some of the springs.

Ocala National Forest
Ocklawaha Visitor Center
3199 N.E. CR 315
Silver Springs, FL 34488
(352) 236-0288

Santos Trailhead & Campground

One of three campgrounds on the 110-mile Marjorie Harris Cross Florida Greenway that stretches from the St. Johns River to the Gulf of Mexico, Santos Trailhead & Campground provides electric and water hookups for tent and RV campers looking to ride the 30-miles of off-road bike trails near this trailhead. Hiking and equestrian trails are also maintained.

Santos Trailhead & Campground
3080 S.E. 80th St.
Ocala, FL 34491
(352) 369-2693

Silver River State Park

The Silver River stretches 5 miles from the large springs at its source to where it joins the Ocklawaha in the Ocala National Forest. Silver River State Park preserves the midsection of the river and surrounding woodlands. Paddlers enjoy kayaking on the clear, spring-fed waters to the source, which emits an average of 550 million gallons of water each day. To protect the river, swimming and fishing within the park are not permitted, but miles of trails are available to hikers and off-road bikers. Tent and RV campsites in the park include electricity, water, grill, picnic table, restrooms and showers. Rental cabins are also available and leashed pets are welcome.

Silver River State Park
1425 N.E. 58th Ave.
Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 236-7148

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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