Primitive camp

Great Escape: Primitive camping in Ocala National Forest

Ocala National Forest has hundreds of trails where you can backpack into 600 square miles of wilderness and pound your tent stake into the ground.

Best Camping Near Fort Lauderdale

Best Camping Near Fort Lauderdale

Despite a lack of state parks with campgrounds, there are five well-maintained public campgrounds near Fort Lauderdale and a few private campgrounds worth considering.

Paddling away from campsite

Camping near Tampa Bay: Fort Desoto

This public park is spread over 900 acres on five interconnected islands with seven miles of waterfront, including three miles of award-winning beaches .Nearly half of the 233 campsites in the campground are waterfront, allowing you to launch your kayak or canoe from your site.

Rocking chairs on the porch of the lodge, which has a magnificent view and ocean breeze even on hot days.

Magical Princess Place beckons from northeast Florida

When I visited St. Augustine recently, I discovered Princess Place Preserve, a delightful out-of-the-way historic estate that is a good place to hike, kayak, camp and see wildlife. The 1888 hunting lodge is magnificent — and has a great story of a real princess behind it.

Ancient oaks caress the soul at Highlands Hammock

Ancient oaks caress the soul at Highlands Hammock

SEBRING — Old-growth live oaks dripping with air plants and Spanish moss dominate the landscape throughout much of the 9,000-acre Highlands Hammock State Park, one of Florida‚Äôs original state parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. The park features lush nature trails, scenic bike riding and shady camping.

Florida to allow private campgrounds in some state parks

Florida to allow private campgrounds in some state parks

The goal is to generate new revenue for state parks that might otherwise face closing because of budget cuts, as was proposed earlier this year by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Boat camping in the Ten Thousand Islands

Boat Camping Checklist

Boat camping is a great way to scoot away from civilization to some wild and remote places.