Campgrounds near Hawthorne, Florida

Campgrounds near Hawthorne, Florida
Lakes abound throughout the countryside surrounding the small Florida city of Hawthorne. Often overshadowed by its much larger western neighbor of Gainesville, this city offers an abundance of hiking, boating, fishing, and biking opportunities. The Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail stretches between the two cities, crossing through the Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area and Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Fish camps and state lands provide campers with a place to pitch a tent or park an RV while enjoying the natural setting.

Lochloosa Harbor RV Park

Lochloosa Harbor RV Park is on the eastern shore of Lochloosa Lake, and features tent sites with electric and water in addition to full-hookup RV sites and cabin rentals. This large central-Florida lake provides 6000 acres of freshwater habitat for anglers to drop a line into, with much of the surrounding banks protected by the 20,000 acres of Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area--enabling hikers, cyclists, and equestrians to explore the surrounding countryside. Lochloosa Harbor RV Park amenities include bath houses, a convenience store, a bait shop, docks and a boat ramp, and laundry facilities.

Lochloosa Harbor RV Park
15008 SE US 301
Hawthorne, FL 32640
(352) 481-2114
lochlossaharbor.com

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

To the southwest of Hawthorne, the small town of Micanopy provides entrance to one of the showpieces of Florida nature. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park contains a rich diversity of ecosystems. Wildlife enthusiasts can find hundreds of bird species, alligators, deer, wild Spanish horses and American bison on the wetlands, lakes, and savannahs of this park. Campsites with electric and water hookups suitable for RVs or tents are located in a wooded section of the park near the boat ramp into Lake Wauberg. Trails abound throughout the park for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, and an additional 16 miles of trails are available on the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail--running from the northern end of the park to Hawthorne. Amenities at this park include restrooms, showers, a playground and picnic areas.

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

Twin Lakes Fish Camp

On a narrow strip of land separating Lochloosa Lake from Orange Lake, Twin Lakes Fish Camp offers a range of camping options, from primitive tent campsites to full-hookup RV sites to furnished rental cabins. This narrow strip of land is cut by a shallow creek known as Cross Creek, allowing boaters to enjoy nearly 20,000 acres of water. Just half a mile from the fish camp, visitors with historical or literary interests may visit Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, where the author lived and wrote during the 1930's. Guests at the fish camp are provided such amenities as Wi-Fi, boat rentals, airboat tours, a bait shop, a bath house, picnic areas and a laundry.

Twin Lakes Fish Camp
17105 S CR 325
Hawthorne, FL 32640
(352) 466-3194
twinlakesfishcamp.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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