Camping and Tubing at Florida State Parks

Camping and Tubing at Florida State Parks
Florida has state parks that include campgrounds and rivers as well as swamps and forests. You can enjoy myriad activities such as tubing down the river, boating and snorkeling. Fishing is also available for freshwater and saltwater game fish.

Rainbow Springs State Park

Rainbow Springs is the state's fourth-largest spring. You can enjoy camping and tubing in this state park as well as other activities like swimming, canoeing, kayaking and snorkeling. A tube entrance is designated on SW 180th Avenue Road. The campground is located on the river and has sites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include 20/30/50-amp service, restroom stations, playground, laundry and shower facilities and picnic areas.

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Tubing is the primary activity at the Ichetucknee Springs State Park. The Ichetucknee River is six miles long and flows through naturals sights of wetlands and shaded hammocks. Visitors can also enjoy activities like snorkeling, canoeing, swimming and hiking at the park. Wildlife viewing from the river is also available. Animals like wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, wood ducks and great blue herons are often seen from the river. Picnic areas offer BBQ grills and picnic tables throughout the park. Visitors can bring their own tubes or rent from local vendors. Campers can pitch a tent or settle on an RV site at the Ichetucknee Springs Campground less than a mile from the park. Water and electricity hookups are available. This campground operates independently from the park.

Blackwater River State Park

Visitors of the Blackwater River State Park can enjoy camping and tubing. Other water recreation includes swimming, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. The park's campground has 30 shaded campsites situated among longleaf pine trees. Sites have 20/30/50-amp service, picnic tables, a playground, fire rings and BBQ grills. Tent and RV sites are accommodated. Tubing on the Blackwater River is allowed in designated areas. Bring your own tubes and rafts; no rentals are available within the park but plenty of local vendors offer river trips and tube rentals.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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