Hopkins Prairie Campground

Silver Springs, Florida 34489

Hopkins Prairie Campground

Hopkins Prairie Campground Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 grassy and watery prairie where views can be had from nearly every campsite.

It is also strategically located. The Florida Trail extends for miles in both directions, and the open-water portions of the prairie allow watery recreation. Finally, a nearby water-filled sink offers swimming possibilities."

Hopkins Prairie Campground Trip Reports

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5/26/2007
The Indian Mound trail is amazing! It's a good, long hike - but easy. There are boardwalks over the areas that get wet. The rest of the island is covered with fire breaks that can be hiked or biked.

There is a small Island Store that has drinks, snacks, frozen treats, and many camping & fishing necessities. They also have the cutest shirts with their owl totem on them - a big hit with the kids!

The ferry has been refurbished to be powered by batteries that receive their charge from solar panels on the boat's roof. The ride over is free, and the ferry runs until an hour before sunset.

Park admission is free, but there is an iron ranger labeled "Donations" right next to the ranger building.

Boat slips are available, but cannot be reserved. Canoes and kayaks can be rented, and paddling down to Blue Spring State Park can be an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon.

Rustic cabins are available, and are very nice! There are 4 and 6 bed sizes. They all have screened porches with a bench and a table. The cabins are equipped with bunk beds, mattresses, ceiling fans, lights, and power outlets.

Tent sites are very roomy. Each site has a water spigot, fire ring, and a picnic table. There is a youth campground available.

The bath house has a men's and women's side, and it is easily accessed by all of the tent and cabin sites. There are toilets, sinks, and showers - just remember to bring your own soap and towels - thay are not provided.

There is a beautiful waterfront picnic are near the boat dock. There are BBQ grills, many picnic tables, a pavilion, restrooms, and a playground for the kids!

I hope you enjoy Hontoon Island as much as I do!
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8/8/2002
The trail was well maintained but very soggy. We were only able to bike half of the trail because of water. We will return in the drier fall/winter months and try again. This is a charming little island though. There's a little ferry that takes you across the St John's river for a $1.00 park entrance fee.
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Trail Information

Silver Springs
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
21
Campsites
Boat Launch/Ramp, Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Hiking
Additional Use
Local Contacts
$10
Fees per Night