Campgrounds in Englewood, Florida

Campgrounds in Englewood, Florida
Englewood is just north of Charlotte Harbor in coastal southwest Florida. The area is rich with options for outdoor activities, from a variety of beach-based state parks to the Myakka River to sites like the Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area. There are a number of private and public camping options, so a camper can pitch their tent and take in water sports, nature watching, fishing, hiking or biking all in the same trip.

Myakka River State Park

This state park encloses wetlands, pine forests and a stretch of Myakka River and offers a pair of campgrounds--Big Flats and Old Prairie--with 76 campsites. These are joint tent-RV sites, but they do have hard dirt pads, so campers should to remember to bring bedrolls or mats. All campsites come equipped with water, a picnic table and fire ring. Both campgrounds are serviced by centrally located shower houses, and Big Flats is adjacent to a dock from where the park's airboat tours are launched. There are also 18 primitive, walk-in campsites divided among six separate areas amid the park's oak hammock. Among its outdoor opportunities, the park offers bird and wildlife watching, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. The park's various campgrounds accept pets, but they must be kept on a leash and attended at all times. The state park is roughly 25 miles from Englewood.

Myakka River State Park
13208 S.R. 72
Sarasota, FL 34241
(941) 361-6511

Venice/Myakka River KOA

Like most KOAs, the Venice/Myakka River branch of this national chain of "kampgrounds" offers a mix of RV and tent sites. The outer lane of camping sites abut a nature preserve and are designated "river marsh" sites. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the campground. The KOA's amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, river fishing in the Myakka, courts for shuffleboard and horseshoes, a picnic pavilion and LP gas sales. The Venice/Myakka River KOA is just a little over 5 miles from Englewood and sits between the Myakka State Forest (distinct from the state park) and the Deer Prairie Creek Preserve.

Venice/Myakka River KOA
10400 S. Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41)
Venice, FL 34287
(941) 426-5040

Riverside RV Resort

There's a separate tent camping area in the back of the 70-acre property. It is lightly wooded and has a string of ponds on one side and the Peace River on another. The camping facilities consist of shower houses and a camp store, but the latter is inconveniently located vis-a-vis the tent campground. Its amenities include two outdoor swimming pools, spa, courts for horseshoes and shuffleboard, game room and dog park. There is also a boat ramp and fishing dock, so anglers can go fishing straight from the RV resort, although a Florida fishing license is required. The resort is about a 25-mile drive from Englewood and is less than a mile from the RV Griffin Reserve.

Riverside RV Resort
9770 SW County Road 769
Arcadia, FL 34269
(800) 795-9733

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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