Florida

State Park Campground Guide

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Given the natural beauty of its endless coasts, tropical landscape, and exotic wildlife; attractions such as Walt Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center; and its mild winter weather, it’s no wonder that the Sunshine State is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world. RVers are not immune to the lure of Florida, making it one of the most popular states for RV full-timers, snowbirders, and vacationers alike.

Because of this demand, many private RV parks in Florida are able to charge a premium. The state park system, by contrast, can be a great value, with spacious campgrounds and amenities in some of the most desirable locations. Because of this, state park campgrounds are highly coveted and require advanced booking. The featured parks below are well worth the effort to plan a stay. At the same time, more than 50 developed campgrounds accommodate RVs, so finding a state park off the beaten path is a great way to see lesser-known gems and “the real Florida.” 

Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine

Reservations

To make a reservation, visit floridastateparks.reserveamerica.com or call 800-326-3521. 

Reservations can be made from 11 months up to 1 day in advance. Any sites not reserved are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

A minimum of two nights may apply on weekends and holidays during peak season.

Campsite sizes

Campsites can accommodate RVs from 10 feet to over 100 feet. Sizes vary per campground. Check the specific park’s website for information on maximum length. 

Campsites are searchable and bookable in the reservation system by RV length. Details about site pad length and back-in or pull-through access are displayed in the site availability list and map. 

Accessibility

ADA-accessible sites are designed for visitors with mobility disabilities. Accessible sites are only able to be reserved by non-disabled people if they are the last sites available that will accommodate the customer’s camping equipment. Accessible sites are searchable and bookable online. 

Some parks offer beach wheelchairs in addition to accessible boardwalks. Check details on the park’s website or contact directly for more information.

Hookups

All campsites that can accommodate RVs have water and electric hookups. About a dozen campgrounds offer some sites with full hookups, including sewer. Most parks have a dump station available.

Connectivity

Most campsites have a picnic table and a fire ring and/or grill. Basic campground facilities include restrooms with hot showers, sometimes laundry, and a playground. Additional amenities may include a store, visitor center, pool, swimming beach, bike rentals, and other outdoor activities. 

Ranger programs and campfire circles are offered at several parks. See details on each park’s website, or search for a park by desired experience, amenities, or by category (for example, “Beaches and Coast” or “History and Culture”).

Florida has an excellent Junior Ranger program, so be sure to request a book at the visitor center or check-in booth.

Maximum stay

The maximum stay is 14 nights during peak season. Visitors must vacate the park for at least 3 nights before returning. Based on availability after check-in, the park manager may approve a stay for an additional 14 nights, for a total maximum continuous stay of 28 nights. Campers are permitted a total of 56 days occupancy at any one park in a 6-month period.

Additional facilities

Most campsites have a picnic table and a fire ring and/or grill. Basic campground facilities include restrooms with hot showers, sometimes laundry, and a playground. Additional amenities may include a store, visitor center, pool, swimming beach, bike rentals, and other outdoor activities. 

Ranger programs and campfire circles are offered at several parks. See details on each park’s website, or search for a park by desired experience, amenities, or by category (for example, “Beaches and Coast” or “History and Culture”).

Florida has an excellent Junior Ranger program, so be sure to request a book at the visitor center or check-in booth.

Cost

Prices range from $16 to $42 depending on the park. Prices are displayed on each park’s website, and per site / per date in the reservation system.

Additional Fees:

Vehicle park pass: $5–10, or $120 for an annual family pass

Nonrefundable reservation fee: $6.70

Change fee: $10

Cancellation fee: $17.75

Cancellations on the day of arrival also forfeit the first night’s fee.

Note that additional fees may apply for activities or facilities in the park. Check the specific park website for details.

Pet policies

Pets are allowed as long as they’re kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Some campgrounds have a limit on the number of pets allowed per site. And of course, campers should always pick up after their pet.

Additional regulations

  • Maximum occupancy per site: 1 vehicle, 8 people 
  • Check-in time: 3 p.m. Check-out time: 11 a.m.
  • Quiet hours: 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Alcoholic beverages: Prohibited in public areas.
  • Generator use: Prohibited during quiet hours.
  • Campfires: Allowed in designated rings or pits, following local advisories.
  • Drone use: Prohibited. 
Silver Springs State Park

Featured Campgrounds

Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine

300 Anastasia Park Road, St. Augustine, FL 32080

One of the best known campgrounds in the state park system, Anastasia’s ideal location lets visitors easily enjoy both the beach and the destination city of St. Augustine, which dates back to the 16th century and is full of charm and historical sites, including Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. The architecture, shopping, and dining scene on St. George Street draw visitors from all over.

Anastasia State Park spans 1,600 acres of scenic Atlantic Coast, including beaches, sand dunes, and wetlands. When you’re not playing in the waves or building a sand castle, hike the nature trail, observe wildlife, join a ranger program, or explore the park on a bike. The campground has about 70 sites that can accommodate RVs, with partial hookups. Maximum RV length is 38 feet, although many sites can accommodate only smaller rigs. Facilities include restrooms with showers, laundry, a store, and concessions. This highly coveted campground is an ideal place to see the natural beauty and unique history of North Florida.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

7525 West County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

In a state that is world renowned for its beaches, with state parks known for having great beachfront campgrounds, Topsail Hill Preserve stands out. Named for the white quartz dunes that rise like a ship’s sails, Topsail’s main draw is three miles of sandy beach and emerald-green ocean. Rare freshwater dune lakes, wetlands, and old-growth pine forest make this park an ideal destination for hikers and bird-watchers.

The campground is spacious, well maintained, and lush with palm trees and tropical plants. Over 150 RV sites are available, all with concrete pads and full hookups. Park amenities include a pool, store, ranger programs, and rentals from bikes to kayaks. Note that the beach is a good 10–20 minute walk from the campground, but a free trolley service is available. It’s recommended to book as far in advance as possible—up to 11 months—to nab a site at this high-demand campground.

Silver Springs State Park

1425 Northeast 58th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34470

While the Atlantic and Gulf coasts get most of the attention, Florida is also full of lakes, rivers, and springs that are loved by locals and offer a unique experience for visitors to the Sunshine State. Silver Springs State Park, located about 80 miles north of Orlando in Ocala, features one of the largest springs in the country. The main spring is surrounded by gardens and historical structures, reflecting its establishment as a tourist destination in the 1870s. Glass-bottom boats are still a favorite attraction for viewing the abundant aquatic life. Kayakers can wend into the narrow waterways and thrill at the sight of wild monkeys, manatees, otters—and yes, alligators.

Silver Springs’ campground offers almost 60 spacious, shady sites that can accommodate RVs up to 50 feet. The sites have water and electric hookups, and a dump station is available. The activities, museum and nature program at the springs are the main attraction, but Silver Springs campground is also an excellent base to explore the area, including the Ocala National Forest.

Florida state park campgrounds that accommodate RV camping

Alafia River State Park

Anastasia State Park

Bahia Honda State Park

Big Lagoon State Park

Blackwater River State Park

Blue Spring State Park

Collier-Seminole State Park

Colt Creek State Park

Curry Hammock State Park

Dr. Julian G Bruce St. George Island State Park

Falling Waters State Park

Faver-Dykes State Park

Florida Caverns State Park

Fort Clinch State Park

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Grayton Beach State Park

Henderson Beach State Park

Highlands Hammock State Park

Hillsborough River State Park

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Kissimmee Prairie Reserve State Park

Koreshan State Park

Lake Griffin State Park

Lake Kissimmee State Park

Lake Louisa State Park

Lake Manatee State Park

Little Manatee River State Park

Little Talbot Island State Park

Long Key State Park

Manatee Springs State Park

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

Myakka River State Park

O’Leno State Park

Ochlockonee River State Park

Oscar Scherer State Park

Paynes Prairie Reserve State Park

Rainbow Springs State Park

Ross Prairie Trailhead & Campground

Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

Sebastian Inlet State Park

Silver Springs State Park

St. Andrews State Park

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Suwannee River State Park

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Three Rivers State Park

Tomoka State Park

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Torreya State Park

Wekiwa Springs State Park

For more information on Florida state park campgrounds, visit floridastateparks.org/

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