Whether you like city beaches, secluded beaches, swamps, or being out in the woods, Florida offers many camping opportunities. Many counties in the state operate parks as part of their services, and many of them have campgrounds at their parks. County campgrounds are often less expensive than a privately owned, or state run park, and often are not as crowded as some of their larger counterparts.
Martin County: Phipps Park
Phipps Park is a 55-acre conservation and campground area along the Okeechobee waterway. It is in Martin County, between the ocean and Lake Okeechobee.
The campground is near Interstate 95. It is close to the St. Lucie lock, which means fishermen can experience freshwater or saltwater fishing at the park. Many campsites are on the water, making fishing even more convenient.
Reservations may be made online at the county's web site.
The park has fewer than 50 campsites, and only a few of them have water and electric hookups. Campers are limited to 30 days at one site over a year.
2175 SW Locks Rd
Stuart, FL 34994
Pinellas County: Fort De Soto Park
Pinellas County has created a beachfront campground that offers a bit of history at Fort De Soto Park. The park has seven miles of waterfront, and three miles of white sand beach.
The park has 238 campsites, with full hookups, picnic tables, grills, bathhouses, restrooms and a store. The campground has 14 shelters and 20 storm resistant restrooms. There is also a boat launching facility with 11 boat docks.
The facility has two 500-foot-long piers with fishing equipment rentals and bait store.
There is a 6.8-mile paved trail connecting the campground with the beaches and the ruins of the historic fort. A 2.2-mile recreational canoe trail is also marked. There are several other trails, including a handicapped accessible trail. There is also a dog park, and a camping area for children's groups such as boy scouts.
Fort De Soto Park
3500 Pinellas Bayway S.,
Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Brevard County: Manatee Hammock
The Manatee Hammock campground in Brevard County gets its name from the canopy of trees that overshadow a shoreline view of the Indian River Lagoon. What makes this site unique is that it offers a great view of space launches from the nearby Kennedy Space Center. It also has a fishing pier on the Indian River.
Campers may also enjoy a fishing pier, swimming pool and recreation hall.
There are fewer than 100 sites in this 26-acre park. Sites have electricity and water available. It is suitable for RV camping, or for tents.
7275 South U.S. Highway 1,
Titusville, FL 32780
Article Written By James Jordan
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