Campgrounds in Hawthorne, Florida

Campgrounds in Hawthorne, Florida
Watermelons and boiled peanuts can still be bought from roadside stands along U.S. 301 in central Florida. Hawthorne is among the towns that break the seemingly continuous wilderness that extends beyond the shoulders of the highway. Campers stopping in Hawthorne are rewarded with campgrounds for all inclinations and thousands of acres of lakes, wetlands and woodlands surrounding the community awaiting exploration by horse, bike, foot or paddle.

Lochloosa Harbor RV Park

Campers may choose water and electric tent sites, full-hookup RV sites or rental cabins at Lochloosa Harbor RV Park. Lying on the eastern shore of Lochloosa Lake, the park features a bait shop, docks and a boat ramp to ensure boaters and freshwater anglers can fully exploit the recreational opportunities of the area’s wilderness. Additional park amenities include a convenience store, laundry and bath houses.



Lochloosa Harbor RV Park

15008 SE US 301

Hawthorne, FL 32640

352-481-2114

lochlossaharbor.com

Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area

Managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District, the vast wetlands and woodlands of the Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area offer hiking, fishing, camping, biking and primitive camping southwest of Hawthorne. The Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail runs along the northern border of the conservation area, providing a 16-mile paved trail for bikers and hikers between Hawthorne and Gainesville. Though the campsites require all provisions to be carried in, including drinking water, the setting ensures ample opportunity to view numerous bird species, including bald eagles and wood storks, and more terrestrial inhabitants such as black bears.



Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area

St. Johns River Water Management District

386-329-4404

sjrwmd.com/recreationguide

Twin Lakes Fish Camp

Lochloosa Lake is connected across a sliver of land to Orange Lake by Cross Creek. This small creek and the adjacent community that shares its name were thrust into American literature through the writings of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. A state park preserves the author’s location where she wrote her stories of rural Florida life in the early 20th century. The nearby Twin Rivers Fish Camp provides visitors with a base camp from which to explore the wilderness that continues to surround this quiet piece of Florida. Guests may choose a variety of accommodations from full-hookup RV sites to primitive tent sites to furnished cabins. Campground amenities include Wi-Fi, bath house, picnic areas, laundry, boat rentals and a bait shop.



Twin Lakes Fish Camp

17105 S CR 325

Hawthorne, FL 32640

352-466-3194

twinlakesfishcamp.com

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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