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RV Camping along I-75, I-95 in North Florida State Parks

Guide to RV Camping in Florida State Parks

… along Interstates 75 and 95 in North Florida

florida welcome signWhether you are driving your RV to Florida for the winter from the Midwest or the Northeast, crossing the state line into Florida is something to cheer about.

And you will cheer.  Exhausted but happy because you have finally arrived in the Sunshine State.

But once you cross that state line, you have a long way to go before reaching the prime snowbird havens of the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Central and Southeast Florida, or the heavenly Keys.

Still, you need a breather, a break after a long drive, and you did see the sign saying, “Welcome to Florida.”

Kick back and relax for a few days in the state parks of North Florida, many of them conveniently located along I-75 or I-95.

There are dozens of state parks in Northeast Florida, but only a few can accommodate RVs.  Most are near those major interstates, although a few are a bit off the beaten track.

We list them from north to south along each corridor. While reservations are recommended, many these state parks also set aside a few sites for drop-ins.

Advance reservations are accepted only through ReserveAmerica, (800) 326-3521. But if you are looking for a same-day campsite, call the ranger stations directly and see what’s available.

 

The I-95 Corridor – North to South

Fort Clinch State Park — I-95 Exit 373 (17 miles)

Mix a little history in your layover while exploring elegant Amelia Island and quaint Fernandina Beach.  The fort was built in 1847, after the end of the Second Seminole War, and was a Union garrison during the Civil War. The park has 3.3 miles of paved roadway for bicycling, and you can ride for miles on the beach at low tide.  The campground features 61 sites in two separate campgrounds – 40 tree-shaded sites in the Amelia River Campground and 21 sites tucked behind the dunes on the ocean in the Atlantic Beach Campground.  Each site has a fire ring, picnic table, water and electric hookups. Each campground has its own dump station, soft drink vending machines and new bathhouses with showers and washing machines.  Pets are permitted in the campground. (Maximum RV length is 40 feet.)

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Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. 904-277-7274

Camping Fee:  $26.

Reservations:  Call  800-326-3621 (8 am to 8 pm) or book online at ReserveAmerica.com

State Park web site: floridastateparks.org/fortclinch

 

Little Talbot Island State Park — I-95 Exit 362 A (18 miles)

With five miles of white-sand beaches, Little Talbot Island is one of Florida’s few remaining undeveloped barrier islands, and it is the campground anchor for six other state parks clustered around it, collectively known as the Talbot Islands State Parks.  The park has 2.5 miles of paved roadway for bicycles, or you can ride along the beach on hard-pack sand. There are 40 campsites tucked into the sand dunes, surrounded by a maritime hammock of live oaks and magnolia trees. Each site has electric (20/30 amp) and water hookups, fire ring and picnic table. The campground has a laundry facility and two bathhouses with hot showers.  A dump station is available for RV campers.  Pets are allowed in designated areas of the campground. (Maximum RV length=30 feet).

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Little Talbot Island State Park, 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226. 904-251-2320

Camping Fee:  $24

Reservations:  Call  800-326-3621 (8 am to 8 pm) or book online at ReserveAmerica.com

State Park web site: floridastateparks.org/littletalbotisland

 

Gold Head Branch State Park — I-295 (Jax Bypass) Exit 12 (41 miles)

Ancient sand dunes far from the sea with rolling hills and deep ravines populated with springs dominate this 2,000-acre state park developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, making it one of Florida’s first state parks.  Canoe or kayak on Little Lake Johnson, or hike a 5.5-mile section of the Florida National Scenic Trail.  As Florida goes, this is high country.  Three campgrounds offer 74 campsites for tents, trailersand motor homes. Each site includes a picnic table, grill and water. Electricity is available except at Lakeview sites 57 and 60 through 67. Two ADA sites, 58 and 59, are located in the Lakeview Camp area loop. The restroom located in the Lakeview loop is ADA accessible. Each of the three camp areas has a centrally located restroom with hot/cold showers. Dump station available. Pets are allowed in the campgrounds but not in the swimming area or buildings. (Maximum RV length is 65 feet).

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park, 6239 State Road 21, Keystone Heights, FL 32656. 352-473-4701

Camping Fee:  $20. Also, 16 cabins are available for $65 per night.

Reservations:  Call  800-326-3621 (8 am to 8 pm) or book online at ReserveAmerica.com

State Park web site: floridastateparks.org/mikeroess

 

Anastasia State Park — I-95 Exit 311 (11 miles)

Four miles of pristine beach and historic St. Augustine make this state park a big attraction. Perfect layover for visitors to the nation’s oldest city who also want to hike through the dunes, bicycle on the beach, paddle, sail or fish. Anastasia has 139 camping sites for RVs and tents. Sites are located in the hammock forest, away from blowing sand and salt spray, but most are within easy bicycling or walking distance from the beach. Hammock plants provide visual privacy between most sites, which vary from 10 feet to 40 feet. ADA accessible sites are available.  All sites have electricity and water, a picnic table, an in-ground grill and a fire ring. A communal dump station is free for park campers. Please put your trash in the compactor near the entrance to the campgrounds. Pets are allowed in all areas of the park except the restrooms and beach. (Maximum RV length is 40 feet.)

Anastasia State Park, 1340-A State Road A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080. 904-461-2033

Camping Fee:  $28.

Reservations:  Call  800-326-3621 (8 am to 8 pm) or book online at ReserveAmerica.com

State Park web site: floridastateparks.org/anastasia

 

Faver-Dykes State Park — I-95 Exit 298 (2 miles)

This tranquil park borders Pellicer Creek into the open marshes that frame the Intracoastal Waterway south of St. Augustine, and it’s just a hop, skip and a jump off I-95.  This park is one of the most popular in the state for bird-watching with more than 100 species seen during the fall and spring migrations.  Pellicer Creek is a designated state canoe/kayak trail. The campground has 30 sites in a shady hardwood hammock, each buffered from neighboring sites by natural vegetation. Each site has water, electric, fire circle with grill and a picnic table. A dump station is in the campground. Pets allowed.  (Maximum RV length is 30 feet).

Faver-Dykes State Park, 1000 Faver-Dykes Road, St. Augustine, FL 32086. 904-794-0997

Camping Fee:  $18 per night.

Reservations:  Call  800-326-3621 (8 am to 8 pm) or book online at ReserveAmerica.com

State Park web site: floridastateparks.org/faverdykes

 

Gamble Rogers State Park — I-95 Exit 284 (7 miles)

Gamble Rogers is not very big park as state parks go, but it has a beautiful  1/2-mile orange sand beach, and an oceanfront campground with 34 sites.  The inland side of the 145-acre park has a boat ramp and hiking trails that open up on the Intracoastal Waterway and the saltwater marshes that are common along this section of the coast, making it an excellent launch pad for boats, kayaks and canoes seeking to explore a multitude of quiet inland waterways. A paved bike path runs along A1A to the nearby North Peninsula State Park.  All 34 campsites have water, electric, picnic table and a fire ring.  A dump station is on site.  Pets are allowed.  (Maximum RV length is 40 feet.)

Gamble Rogers State Park, 3100 S. State Road A1A, Flagler Beach, FL 32136. 386-517-2086

Camping Fee: $28 per night.

Reservations:  Call  800-326-3621 (8 am to 8 pm) or book online at ReserveAmerica.com

State Park web site: floridastateparks.org/gamblerogers

 

Tomoka State Park — I-95 Exit 273 (5.5 miles)

A watery paradise with excellent paddling, biking, boating and fishing.  This beautiful state park is on the Scenic Ormond Loop Trail, and it is one of the premier stops along the Florida Birding Trail with more than 160 species sighted either in residence or passing through during the spring and fall migrations. There are 100 well-shaded campsites, and most are quite deep, spacious and affording considerable privacy.  All but a few pads are hard-pack sand and coquina shell, so they accommodate tents as well as RVs. Each campsite has electric and water hookups, picnic table, lantern post and a grill. Dump station on site. The campground, which stretches out in an elongated oval, has three restrooms with showers. Pets are allowed.  (Maximum RV length is 34 feet.)

Tomoka State Park, 2099 North Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL. 32174. 386-676-4050

Camping Fee:  $24

Reservations:  Call  800-326-3621 (8 am to 8 pm) or book online at ReserveAmerica.com

State Park web site: floridastateparks.org/tomoka

 

The I-75 Corridor – North to South

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park — I-75 Exit 439 (4.2 miles)

Way down upon the Suwannee River, and very close to I-75, you’ll find this classy state park an excellent stopover for learning about American composer Stephen Foster, who never actually saw the Suwannee River!  A museum features exhibits and a 97-bell carillon that plays Foster’s music throughout the day. Hiking, bicycling, canoeing and kayaking are popular here, all near the campground’s 45 oak-shaded sites with electricity, water, picnic table and fire ring. All campsites are ADA accessible.  Two ADA accessible restrooms with showers are located within the campground. A dump station is available. Pets are welcome.  (Maximum RV length is 45 feet.)

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Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, U.S. 41 North, White Springs, FL 32096

Camping Fee:  $20. Also, two-bedroom cabins for $100.

Reservations:  Call  800-326-3621 (8 am to 8 pm) or book online at ReserveAmerica.com

State Park web site: floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster

 

Suwannee River State Park — I-75 Exit 460 (17 miles)

At the junction of the Withlacoochee and Suwanee Rivers, this is a great state park to get a little exercise paddling your kayak or canoe.  Or, you can choose no exercise at all and drop a fishing line in the river. Best of all, Suwannee River State Park is just a short hop off I-75. The park’s 30 campsites that can accommodate tents and RVs. Each campsite has a picnic table, grill, clothesline, 50 amp electric service, water and sewer hook-ups. An accessible restroom with showers is centrally located in the campground. Pets are welcome. Firewood and ice are available for sale on-site.  (Maximum RV length is 45 feet)

Suwannee River State Park, 20815 County Road 132, Live Oak, FL 32060. 386-362-2746

Camping Fee:  $22. Also, two-bedroom cabins for $100.

Reservations:  Call  800-326-3621 (8 am to 8 pm) or book online at ReserveAmerica.com

State Park web site: floridastateparks.org/suwanneeriver

 

O’Leno State Park – I-75 Exit 414 (8 miles)

This scenic state park is situated along the banks of the Santa Fe River, one of the best paddling destinations in Florida and there are miles of hiking, bicycling and nature trails, one of which takes you to the point where the river dips underground for three miles. The park is rated as one of the “100 Best Campgrounds in America” and is one of Florida’s original state parks, developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The park features sinkholes, hardwood hammocks, river swamps and sandhills.  O’Leno has two camping loops with 61 campsites, each with water, electric, in-ground grill, picnic table and a centrally located restroom in each camping area.  A dump station and dumpsters on site.  Pets are allowed within the two campground loops but not in the swimming area, river, youth camps or buildings.  (Maximum RV length is 50 feet.)

O’Leno State Park, 410 SE O’Leno Park Road, High Springs, FL 32643. 386-454-1853

Camping Fee: $18 per night.

Reservations:  Call  800-326-3621 (8 am to 8 pm) or book online at ReserveAmerica.com

State Park web site: floridastateparks.org/oleno

 

Manatee Springs State Park — I-75 Exit 404 (47 miles)

A little off the beaten track, but if you have the time, it’s definitely worth the side trip.  And there’s a big bonus – you’ll be near the remote and quaint fishing village of Cedar Key, the nation’s No. 1 supplier of farm-raised clams, succulent reddish littlenecks.  The spring at this park produces an average of 100 million gallons of clear, cool water daily.  In winter, West Indian manatees swim upriver to the warmer waters of the springs.  The park features 78 campsites in three loops. Each loop has its own hot shower restroom, and all sites within easy walking distance of the spring. There is electricity and water at each site. There is no sewer hook-up, but a dump station is provided. Pets are allowed. (Maximum RV length is 40 feet.)

Manatee Springs State Park, 11650 NW 115th Street, Chiefland, FL 32626. 352-493-6072

Camping Fee:  $20 per night.

Reservations:  Call  800-326-3621 (8 am to 8 pm) or book online at ReserveAmerica.com

State Park web site: floridastateparks.org/manateesprings

Silver River State Park — I-75 Exit 358 (15 miles)

The Silver River is one of the most beautiful and peaceful rivers you will ever paddle, and paddling a canoe or kayak are popular activities here. The park also has 15 miles of hiking and biking trails that cut through 10 distinct natural habitats.The park has dozens of freshwater springs that pop out of the ground and feed the river. Fifty-nine spacious sites can accommodate large RVs. Each site offers water and electric hook-ups with 30 amp service; ten sites offer 50 amp service. All sites have fire ring, a barbecue grill and a picnic table. A separate dump station for holding tanks is located in the park. Campsites 20 and 53 are wheelchair accessible. Please ask park campground host (sites 4 and 46) for the key to the ADA shower and restroom facility.  Pets are allowed in the campground but not in cabins. (Maximum RV length is 50 feet)

Silver River State Park, 1425 NE 58th Ave., Ocala, FL 34470

Camping Fee:  $24 per night. Also, cabins available for $110 per night.

Reservations:  Call  800-326-3621 (8 am to 8 pm) or book online at ReserveAmerica.com

State Park web site: floridastateparks.org/silverriver

 

Rainbow Springs State Park — I-75 Exit 352 (18 miles)

Florida’s fourth-largest spring, Rainbow Spring and the Rainbow River has been a draw to humans for thousands of years. Today, it is a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking and tubing. There is a newly renovated 105-site campground with full hookups about 1-½ miles downstream from the main headspring and day-use area. Campers can launch their own canoes or kayaks on the river near their campsites, and you can rent them at the concession at the headspring for the 5.6-mile paddle along the Rainbow River to the Withlacoochee River at Dunnellon.  All sites have water, 20-, 30-, and 50-amp electric and sewer hook-ups. ADA accessible restrooms are available. A dump station is located between the upper and lower campgrounds. Amenities include a campground store, laundry facilities,recreation hall, showers and restrooms, laundry, (Maximum RV length is 40 feet.)

Rainbow Springs State Park, 19158 SW 81st Place Road, Dunnellon, FL 344434. 352-465-8555

Camping Fee: $30 per night.

Reservations:  Call  800-326-3621 (8 am to 8 pm) or book online at ReserveAmerica.com

State Park web site: floridastateparks.org/rainbowsprings

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