A camping vacation can be a great opportunity to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature. In the North Central Florida region, campers have tons of great locations for planning their next vacation. With sites that have camping for RVs, tents and campgrounds with cabins, there is a destination for just about any type of camper. The following includes some of the best places to go for a camping trip in North Central Florida.
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Anastasia State Park
Located near St. Augustine, Florida, the camping at Anastasia State Park has a lot to offer any group of campers. The park has 139 campgrounds for accommodating RVs and tents and the sites have all of the amenities for a comfortable and relaxed stay in the outdoors. Each site has water and electricity, plus you have an in-ground barbecue and a picnic table. The campground also has a dumping station for the disposal of waste and communal bath facilities with hot water.
For activities, Anastasia State Park is a great location with plenty to do. You have various types of wildlife that live within the parks limits and it is one of the most popular destinations for birdwatchers. Additionally, you have nature trails for biking and hiking, a beach that is within walking distance, fishing and water sports like kayaking and canoeing. This location is also friendly to families and pet owners. The campground area has two playgrounds and you can bring your pets as long as you follow the park’s pet policy.
Blue Spring State Park
Just off the St Johns River is the Blue Springs State Park. The Blue Spring is the largest stream off the river and it offers a nice destination for camping vacationers. The Park has several campsites and it can accommodate both tent campers and RV owners. Every site has a grill, a table, water and electricity, plus the camp has facilities like bathrooms and a picnic grounds.
Visitors have access to some great hiking trails when they go to Blue Spring State Park. The Pine Island Trail is probably one of the more notable of these hiking options. It is a little over 3.5 miles one way and it takes the hiker through different areas of vegetation and terrain.
If you want some time on the water, you also have river tours, the option to kayak and canoe, snorkeling and diving is allowed for certified scuba divers. Fishing is also allowed from the fishing dock and you have some good opportunities for anglers on the other side of the river at Hontoon Island. However, you are not allowed to fish in the Blue Spring Run because it is a protected habitat.
As a great point for any camper that likes to view wildlife. The Blue Spring is the winter home of the endangered Florida Manatee. Visitors can view the Manatees when they are there, but swimming and interacting with them is prohibited.
Faver-Dykes State Park
This is a smaller campground with about fifty sites and it is located on Pellicer Creek. The camping accommodations are good for both RVs and tents, plus campers will have access to water and electricity at each site. On the sites, you will also have a table and a fire pit with a grill.
This park is especially good for birding and water activities. More than 100 bird species can be observed within the boundaries of the park and Pellicer Creek is noted for being one of the best places in the state for canoeing and kayaking. Beyond that, you also have good fishing and two nature trails that loop around the park.
In addition to being great for its wildlife viewing and water sports opportunities, Faver-Dykes Park is family friendly and it has restrooms that are ADA accessible.
In any Florida camping vacation, you are going to need to make sure to bring the right gear. You are going to need things like your camping/outdoor clothing, cooking supplies, sleeping gear, first aid supplies and personal items/ necessities.
For camp clothing, you are going to want to bring some nice outdoor clothes, a good pair of shoes for hiking and you will obviously want to bring some raingear just in case. Additionally, you may want to bring some jackets or sweaters if you are camping in the winter. Depending on your plans, you may also need different stuff for on the water.
Since most camping trips also include plans to cook out, you are also going to need to bring all of your cooking supplies. Most sites will have a grill, so you may not need that, but you may want to bring a camping stove, bbq tools, plates and cups, eating utensils and soap for cleaning the cooking gear. As a nice camping accessory for outdoor cooking, a good set of folding tools like the 3-in-1 folding spatula, fork and knife can be especially handy.
When it comes to sleeping, you are going to want to make sure that you have all of the tents that you need to accommodate the campers, the sleeping bags, sleeping mats or air mattresses and some tarps for extra protection.
Finally, you are going to want to consider some necessities, tools and personal items. Of course, you are going to want to bring things like soap and shampoo, but you are also going to need to consider a first aid kit, bug spray and sunscreen. Along with that, you are going to want to bring bear spray, a patch kit for your tent, some tools and a radio for checking the weather.