Articles written by: Bob Rountree

Bob Rountree wanders around Florida with his wife Kathy in their 24-foot travel trailer, exploring back roads, hidden beaches and scenic parks with kayaks, beach toys and bicycles in tow. A retired journalist from Deerfield Beach, Bob is co-publisher of FloridaRambler.com.

Campsite at Kelly Park/Rock Springs.

Cool Camping Near Orlando: Kelly Park/Rock Spring

Kelly Park is best known for the hugely popular Rock Spring, but it also has one of the best campgrounds anywhere in the state. Summer visits require a bit of planning because of the crowds, especially on weekends.

Cracker Trail map courtesy of CrackerTrail.org.

Road Trips: A few of our favorite getaways

As you travel the state, you often find yourself on a scenic byway that bleeds “Florida.” Here are three getaways that are among Florida Rambler’s favorites.

Key West party! Lobsterfest celebrates the season

Key West doesn’t need much of an excuse to celebrate, so migrate to the Conch Republic this weekend for the annual Lobsterfest celebration.

Debby aftermath: Florida State Park closings

As we head into this pre-holiday weekend, 22 Florida state parks are closed or partially closed due to flooding in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Debby. Here’s a list of the parks and their status.

Fort Clinch

Summer sojourn: Beach camping near Jacksonville

Jacksonville is blessed with eight really special state parks, but you can only camp at two of them — Fort Clinch and Little Talbot Island. Both are ideal destinations for outdoors summer recreation.

Golden light at sunset along the Myakka River in Myakka River State Park.

Myakka River State Park: Camp at this playland on the prairie

Myakka River State Park is one of Florida’s oldest and largest state parks with three main campgrounds, as well as backcountry campsites, miles of hiking and biking trails, endless opportunities for kayaking and canoeing, and abundant wildlife.

Gulf Pier sunset at Fort DeSoto Park. (Photo by Captain Kimo via Flickr.

Fort DeSoto Park: Beach ranked among best in nation

Wrapped in three miles of beautiful white sand, Fort DeSoto Park is consistently ranked among the best in the nation

Spruce Creek watercolor by Stewart Jones

Spruce Creek paddle: A diamond in the rough

Development is creeping up on Spruce Creek and Strickland Bay, but enough has been preserved — for now — to enjoy an awesome day of kayaking. (Watercolor by Stewart Jones)