Campgrounds in Sanderson, Florida

Campgrounds in Sanderson, Florida
Sanderson, Florida is located 40 miles west of Jacksonville, near the eastern border of the Osceola National Forest. The vast amount of state and national park and forest land near Sanderson, provide ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. The mix of forested woodland and swamps make for good nature viewing. Canoeing, kayaking and fishing is available in the area's many streams and lakes.

Osceola National Forest

Osceola National Forest is 200,000 acres of woodlands and swamps, located west of Sanderson, Florida. A campground is available within the forest at Ocean Pond, a 1,760-acre natural lake. Ocean Pond campground features 67 campsites for tents trailers or motor homes. Ninteen of these sites feature electrical hookups. Potable water, hot showers and flush toilets are all available with in the campground. Amenities include a swimming beach, and boat ramp. Canoeing and kayaking are popular at four different launch areas on Ocean Pond, and fishing is available on all the forests ponds and streams. In addition cycling is available on all forest service roads.

Osceola National Forest
5892 N. CR231
Olustee, Florida 32072 

(386) 752-0147

John M. Bethea State Forest

John M. Bethea State Forest encompasses 37,736 acres of forest in Baker County, north of Sanderson, Florida. The forest features primitive tent camping at designated sites only. No RVs or travel trailers are allowed. In addition no improved facilities are available, such as restrooms or potable water. Many campsites can only be reached by hiking, cycling or boat. Fishing is available on the St. Mary's River in addition to the small ponds located within the forest. Canoeing and kayaking are also popular.

John M. Bethea State Forest
11656 SR 2
Sanderson FL 32087
(904) 259-2157

Suwannee Valley Campground

Suwannee Valley Campground is located along the Suwannee River west of Sanderson, Florida. The campground offers tent sites, RV sites and cabin rentals. Amenities include a swimming pool and canoe and kayak rentals. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate Suwannee Valley Campground's close proximity to Big Shoals State Park. Hiking and cycling opportunities are plentiful with 28 miles trails located within Big Shoals. Canoeing and kayaking are available on the Suwannee river and the park features the largest whitewater rapids in Florida, which under the right conditions can reach Class III. Freshwater fishing and picnicking is also available.

Suwannee Valley Campground
786 NW Stephen Foster Dr.

White Springs, FL 32096

Article Written By Jeffrey Caldwell

Jeffrey Caldwell has been a freelance writer for over five months and has published over 250 articles on websites like eHow and Caldwell writes articles on a wide range of topics including travel, camping and automotive mechanics. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Millersville University.

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