Arkadia, Florida Camping

Arkadia, Florida Camping
Arcadia is a small, central Florida town with much to offer to outdoors enthusiasts. To the east is the Myakka River and to the west are lakes such as Lake Placid and Lake Istokpoga, and the Peace River runs through the town of Arcadia itself. Campers using Arcadia and its surroundings as a base will find a variety of habitats for nature watching, hiking, boating and fishing.

Peace River Campgrond

Although Peace River Campground is primarily oriented around RV camping, the proprietors have set aside a 100-acre "wilderness" as a heavily wooded, primitive campground. Tent campers may pitch their tents anywhere they wish within this area, including along the banks of the Peace River. This tent camping area is accessed by a paved road running near the banks of the river, with another road running through the middle of the tent camping area. However, there are patches of "wilderness" over 500 yards from any road. Back at the RV campground, the amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, camp store, canoe rentals, coin laundry, playground, game room and showers.

Peace River Campground
2998 NW Highway 70
Arcadia, FL 34266
800-559-4011
peacerivercampground.com

Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park is one of the state of Florida's oldest and largest parks, protecting pine forests, prairies and wetlands, and it offers developed and primitive campgrounds. The park has two developed campgrounds, one by the park entrance and the other near the boat basin of Upper Myakka Lake, with a total of 76 campsites between them. These are joint tent-and-RV campsites with hook-ups, fire rings and picnic tables, while both campgrounds are equipped with their own centrally-located shower houses. Six small, primitive campgrounds of three campsites each are scattered through the park, set in stands of oak. These campgrounds have no facilities, and some do not have immediate access to a local stream or other water source. The park's main entrance is roughly 20 miles west of Arcadia.

Myakka River State Park
13208 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241
941-361-6511
floridastateparks.org

Highlands Hammock State Park

Highlands Hammock also stands among Florida's oldest state parks, dating back to the 1930s. The park's developed campground is within walking distance of the Hammock Inn restaurant. The campsites are joint tent-and-RV sites with hook-ups, and most are situated under plenty of tree shade. The campground is equipped with showers, flush toilets, a coin laundry and dish washing sinks. The park also has a primitive campground with drive-in sites situated amid a flatland pine forest. This campground has pit toilets, but no running water, and every campsite has a fire ring and a picnic table. The park is roughly 25 miles northwest of Arcadia.

Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring, FL 33872
863-386-6094
floridastateparks.org

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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