Best Fishing in Florida

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#1. Chassahowitzka River Campground: Indian Ridge Loop


The Chassahowitzka River Campground is at the head of a spring and makes for an ideal location to explore this watery Florida treasure. The Chassahowitzka River is the centerpiece of the 32,000-acre C…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: Florida"
Homosassa, FL - Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking Best Trail in FL - Click to view allBestCampgrounds, Fishing, Hiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Starkey Wilderness Park Campground


Back in the 1930s, Mr. Jay B. Starkey began a cattle operation in what was then rural Pasco County. Later, he worked out a deal with Southwest Florida Water Management District; his land, encompassing…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: Florida"
New Port Richey, FL - Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking Best Trail in FL - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Withlacoochee State Trail


Currently, this is the longest existing paved rail-trail in Florida. It runs through an early-developed but still mostly rural part of the state from Citrus Springs (south of Dunnellon) in the north t…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Florida"
Istachatta, FL - Birding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 46 miles BestBirding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Tallahassee/St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail


Florida’s first official state trail, the Tallahassee/St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail runs from the capital city to the coast on 19 miles of smooth pavement, passing a national forest and several sm…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Florida"
Tallahassee, FL - Birding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 19 miles BestBirding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Caloosahatchee Regional Park Campground


This recreation area on the shores of the Caloosahatchee River is a favorite of mine. Not only does it have a great campground with excellent walk-in tent sites (and a few duds), but it also offers re…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: Florida"
Alva, FL - Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
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#6. Long Key State Park Campground


Look out from your tent. Teal-blue waters extend as far as the eye can see. A small beach is the only thing between you and your campsite, nestled in tropical woods. The lovely waters of the Florida K…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: Florida"
Layton, FL - Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking
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#7. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park Campground


St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is a narrow spit of land that juts out into the Gulf of Mexico. It is surrounded by water. A wilderness preserve covers the last 1,650 acres of the sliver of land. The…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: Florida"
Port Saint Joe, FL - Birding, Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking
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#8. Fort Clinch State Park Campground


Located in the most northeasterly corner of Florida, Fort Clinch State Park centers around American military history amid a scenic maritime ecosystem. The park encompasses a peninsula that is surround…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: Florida"
Fernandina Beach, FL - Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking
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#9. Guana River State Park


Guana River State Park is mainly a beach park with some very nice riding areas hidden away in a coastal hammock at its southeastern end. Only a few miles from St. Augustine, the park provides great At…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Florida"
Saint Augustine, FL - Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking - 8.5 miles
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#10. Cayo Costa State Park Campground


Cayo Costa is a barrier island that is accessible only by water. A trip here calls for a little planning, but it’s more than worth it. If you like miles of unspoiled beaches, Gulf sunsets, and a tento…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: Florida"
Captiva, FL - Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking
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#11. Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail


This is a wonderful trail through some of the best natural areas in north-central Florida. It’s wooded and quiet even though it travels close to busy highways and country roads. All of the 15-plus m…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Florida"
Hawthorne, FL - Birding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 15 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#12. Nature Coast State Trail–Fanning Springs


One of the newer parts of the Nature Coast Greenway system, this trail circles the small town of Fanning Springs and gives access to one of the finest train trestles left in the state. The new plank…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Florida"
Fanning Springs, FL - Birding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 4 miles
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#13. Bear Island Campground


This is the most remote and rustic campground you will find in this guidebook. But that is only fitting, for the Big Cypress National Preserve is a remote and rugged place. Vast tracts of cypress tr…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: Florida"
Ochopee, FL - Birding, Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking
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#14. DuPuis Campground


This is an underutilized South Florida inland resource. Leave the crowds on the beaches. The campground is situated in a pleasantly remote area. A raised crushed-shell road forms a loop around a shell…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: Florida"
Indiantown, FL - Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
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#15. Pinellas Trail


The Pinellas Trail is one of the best urban trails anywhere. It travels through the second most densely populated area in the country and yet retains rural characteristics in some of its segments. Pav…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Florida"
Saint Petersburg, FL - Birding, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking - 35 miles
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#16. Hillsborough River Park Trails


The Hillsborough River flows through this 3,738-acre park and is named for a nobleman with the unusual name of Wills Hills, who lived from 1718 to 1793. Wills Hills, also the Earl of Hillsborough, was…
From the guidebook "Hiking Florida"
Thonotosassa, FL - Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking - 8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Gold Head Branch State Park


Includes: Ridge Trail, Loblolly Trail, Florida Trail. It seems people panned for gold everywhere, including Gold Head Branch, a small stream created by freshwater springs that flow into Little Lake Jo…
From the guidebook "Hiking Florida"
Keystone Heights, FL - Fishing, Hiking - 3 miles
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#18. Hopkins Prairie Campground


Hopkins Prairie is a regular stop on my visits to the Ocala National Forest. The campground itself, albeit primitive, is long on natural beauty. A fingerlike strand of live oaks stretches deep into a…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: Florida"
Silver Springs, FL - Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking
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#19. O’Leno State Park Campground


O’Leno State Park has a strange name derivation. First there was the town of Keno, which was founded near where the Santa Fe River sinks into the limestone below. Keno is a card game of chance, so the…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: Florida"
High Springs, FL - Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
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#20. Big Lagoon State Recreation Area Campground


Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, Big Lagoon is Florida’s most westerly recreation area. The water-dominated park has fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, and camping. Nearby Perdido Key Recreation…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: Florida"
Pensacola, FL - Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking
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