Campsites near Winter Springs, Florida

Campsites near Winter Springs, Florida
The sprawling suburbia of metropolitan Orlando meets the water and wetlands of Lake Jesup in Winter Springs, Florida. While the attention of many visitors may be drawn to the theme parks to the south, outdoor enthusiasts will find natural attractions around Winter Springs capable of holding their attention, including the eastern corridor of the Florida National Scenic Trail, which cuts across the edge of the city near the southwestern end of 16,000-acre Lake Jesup. With much of the lake shore conserved along with the ecosystems of nearby state parks and forests, Winter Springs provides camping opportunities for any experience level.

Lake Jesup Conservation Area

Primitive campsites available on a first-come first-served basis can be found in the tracts of land along Lake Jesup; these are protected by the St. Johns River Water Management District. Located on the eastern, western, and northern sides of the lake, these lands provide fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and cycling in addition to camping. Boat ramps located in the tracts allow boaters and anglers to journey onto one of the largest lakes in central Florida. The nonpotable water available at the campsites requires campers to bring their own water or be prepared to purify the water.

Lake Jesup Conservation Area
Sanford, FL 32732
(386) 329-4404
sjr.state.fl.us/recreationguide/lakejesup

Little Big Econ State Forest

Arguably one of the friendliest and most scenic sections of the Florida National Scenic Hiking Trail follows the Econlockhatchee River through Little Big Econ State Forest east of Winter Springs. Of special interest is the footbridge where the Flagler Railroad System once crossed the river. The 4.7 mile Kokolee Trail includes a portion of the Florida Trail and is a worthy addition to hikers participating in the Florida Division of Forestry's Trailwalker Program. Paddlers journeying along the river may obtain a special use permit allowing them to primitive-camp along the river. Miles of bike trails and a 10-mile equestrian trail create more opportunities for visitors to encounter the river otters, osprey, deer, and wild turkeys that reside within the forest.

Little Big Econ State Forest
1350 Snow Hill Road
Geneva, FL 32732
(407) 971-3500
fl-dof.com/state_forests

Wekiwa Springs State Park

West of the city of Winter Springs, campers will find Wekiwa Springs State Park, protecting a large section of wilderness surrounding Wekiwa Springs and the Wekiva River. Visitors may snorkel and swim in the 72-degree water of the springs or paddle along Rock Springs Run and the Wekiva River. Camping options include primitive camping at campsites along the river accessible only by water to and developed campgrounds where campers may pitch a tent or park an RV and enjoy electric and water hookups. Equestrian, group, and additional primitive campsites throughout the park ensure campers of every inclination a suitable spot. Amenities at the developed campsites include restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and grills. Proper camping etiquette should be exercised as the park residents do include a population of Florida black bears.

Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712
(407) 884-2008
floridastateparks.org/wekiwasprings

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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