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A little cabin in the Florida woods: Photos of state park cabin rentals

Florida’s state parks offer not only a natural setting and ambiance, but also a good value in its state park cabins. Ranging in price from $30 to $160 a night, there are cabins in 21 state park, all sharing one essential asset: You can’t beat their location inside a state park.

Here is a collection of photos of cabins available around Florida parks.

For prices, details and tips on reserving a cabins and other details, see our guide to Florida state-park cabins. (This gallery is a way to offer more photos to that guide.)

Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key

These cabins on Big Pine Key in the southern section of the Florida Keys are about the hardest ones to reserve in the system. Here’s more on visiting Bahia Honda State Park. Here’s what the cabins look like inside and out:

The cabins at Bahia Honda State Park: Nice but hard to get.

The cabins at Bahia Honda State Park: Nice but hard to get.

 

Interior of cabin Bahia Honda State Park

Interior of cabin Bahia Honda State Park

 

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Looking down from the dock at the cabin at Bahia Honda State Park, we could see a school of sergeant majors shimmering in the water.

 Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

These cabins were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and with their logs made out of palm-tree trunks,  they might be the most picturesque in the system. The cabins are set back in the woods, separate from each other and away from the road. The five cabins were closed for refurbishing through much of 2015, so the cabins are probably more available now (in early 2016) than usual. (It’s well worth booking them in advance.)

We loved the big stone wood-burning fireplace and were surprised how large our cabin felt. The cabin is described as three rooms: There’s a complete, small kitchen and adjoining small room with table and chairs and a modern bathroom. All this is located in what feels like an addition to the original cabin, which is one big room furnished with two double beds, a futon and a heavy wooden dining rooms table and six chairs plus the fireplace. It’s cozy but there is not a lot of natural light. Cabins have heat and air conditioning.

A few things to note: There are no “extras” stocked in the cabin. No soap. No coffee filters. No corkscrew. No paper towels. We were surprised that there were sheets but no warm blankets. (We got our picnic blanket out of the trunk to stay warm.) There are dishes, silverware and pans. Beyond that, pack as if you were camping.

The logs on the cabins in Myakka River State Park are the trunks of palm trees.

The logs on the cabins in Myakka River State Park are the trunks of palm trees. This is the view of the back porch, which overlooks a grill, picnic table and campfire ring.

Interior of log cabin at Myakka River State Park.

Interior of log cabin at Myakka River State Park  with stone fireplace and dining room table.

Interior of log cabin at Myakka River State Park.

On the other side of the large room are two beds in the log cabins at Myakka River State Park.

The kitchen of log cabin at Myakka River State Park.

The modern, functional kitchen of log cabin at Myakka River State Park.

Cabins in Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound

These lack the ambiance of rustic cabins; they are actually new, miniature trailers/modular homes.  They are well equipped, however, and beautifully situated in the woods. Best of all. Jonathan Dickinson State Park is park full of so many recreational opportunities and great natural beauty.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park cabin

Jonathan Dickinson State Park cabin

 

Jonathan Dickinson State Park cabin

Cabin kitchen at Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

 

Jonathan Dickinson State Park cabin living room

Jonathan Dickinson State Park cabin living room

 

Blue Spring State Park, Orange City

Blue Spring State Park, near Orlando, is popular in all seasons. In the summer, for swimming and tubing; in the winter for visiting manatees. Its cabins are big (they sleep six) and in an attractive forested area steps from the spring.

Cabin at Blue Spring State Park near Orlando

Cabin at Blue Spring State Park near Orlando.

 

Kitchen area in Blue Spring State Park cabin

Kitchen area in Blue Spring State Park cabin.

 

Blue Spring cabins have big screened porches.

Blue Spring cabins have big screened porches.

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Living room and fireplace at Blue Spring State Park cabins.

 

Lake Louisa State Park, Clermont

These cabins are close enough to Disney to allow families to combine a theme park and a natural park into one getaway.  Here’s more about the Lake Louisa cabins.

 

Lake Louisa State Park, Orlando, Florida

The “cabins” are really well-equipped two-bed/two-bath homes.

The cabins at Lake Louisa State Park

The cabins at Lake Louisa State Park.

 

Lake Louisa State Park, Orlando, Florida

Warm and woody interior of cabin at Lake Louisa State Park near Orlando.

Front porch of cabins at Lake Louisa State Park near Orlando

Front porch of cabins at Lake Louisa State Park near Orlando.

 

Silver Springs State Park, Ocala

With metal roofs and big porches, these cabins look like Florida Cracker houses. They are situated in the woods surrounded only by big trees and vegetation, separated from neighboring cabins. Out back, there’s a fire ring for campfires and s’mores.  Here’s more about Silver Springs State Park. 

NOTE: As of spring 2015, the park stopped taking advance reservations for camping and cabins while sewer work is being done. Camping sites and cabins ARE available on a walk-up basis. Park workers suggest you call the morning of the day you’d like to stay to hear what the odds are of an opening.  Florida Rambler was told that except for holiday weekends, the cabins and campsites have been running 50 to 75 percent full. 

Cabin at Silver River State Park is set in the woods with a Cracker style metal roof.

Cabin at Silver Springs State Park is set in the woods with a Cracker style metal roof.

Silver Springs State Park cabin porch

Silver Springs State Park cabin porch.

Interior of cabin at Silver Springs State Park

Interior of cabin at Silver Springs State Park.

Silver Springs State Park cabin with cozy fireplace

Silver Springs State Park cabin with cozy fireplace.

Hontoon Island State Park cabins, Deland

These are not luxury cabins with all the amenities, like many others listed here. They’re only a small step up from camping. You must bring a sleeping bag and the bathroom serving all the cabins is outdoors. But Hontoon State Park’s six one-room cabins are beautifully situated in a secluded, shady hammock and make a good base for a kayaking or canoe trip on the St. Johns River. Located on the St. Johns River, the park is accessible only by boat or the free park ferry.

Rustic cabins at Hontoon State Park provide a more camping-like experience

Rustic cabins at Hontoon State Park provide a more camping-like experience.

The Hontoon cabins do provide you with a bug-free and dry spot to take respite in the woods.

The Hontoon cabins do provide you with a bug-free and dry spot to take respite in the woods.

Bunks in cabin at Hontoon Island State Park

Bunks in cabin at Hontoon Island State Park.

 

Cayo Costa State Park cabins, west of Fort Myers

Like the cabins at Hontoon, the cabins on Cayo Costa are rustic — and that’s their charm.  The cabins are without electricity or linens but they are situated right on the beach. The park can only by reached by boat, so this is a place to truly get away from the world. More about Cayo Costa State Park.

Small wooden cabins on Cayo Costa are as cute as a button.

Small wooden cabins on Cayo Costa are as cute as a button.

Cayo Costa cabin, located along one of the best beaches in Florida

Cayo Costa cabin, located along one of the best beaches in Florida.

Inside of Cayo Costa cabin

A view of the interior of a cabin on Cayo Costa.

 

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park cabins, White Springs

These Northern Florida cabins have a great layout, with a well-equipped open kitchen, a huge screen porch and a gas fireplace. They’re located steps from the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail. More about the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, where there is a lot to see and do.

The cabins at Stephen Foster State Park are oustanding -- roomy, surrounded by forest, steps from the Suwanee River.

The cabins at Stephen Foster State Park are outstanding — roomy, surrounded by forest, steps from the Suwanee River.

The cabins at Stephen Foster State Park

The cabins at Stephen Foster State Park.

Inside the cabins at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, there's lots of room, a gas fireplace and a well-equipped kitchen.

Inside the cabins at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, there’s lots of room, a gas fireplace and a well-equipped kitchen.

 

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park, Keystone Heights

This park in an out-of-the-way location in northeast Florida has two types of cabins — modern ones and historic ones built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park cabins

One of the historic CCC-built Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park cabins.

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park cabins

Interior of historic CCC cabin at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park.

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park cabins

One of the large, modern cabins at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park.

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park cabins

Plaque inside historic cabin at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park.

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park cabins

Historic cabin at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park.

 

Fanning Springs State Park cabins, Fanning Springs

Fanning Springs in northwest Florida is not close to any population centers, so it’s an area that is rural and remote. The park is built around a stunning turquoise spring that spills into the Suwanee River. Its cabins are first-rate, and because the location is out of the way, they are easier to snag that those in other parks.

Two-bedroom cottages at Fanning Springs State Park are surrounded by forest and are close to the spring.

Two-bedroom cottages at Fanning Springs State Park are surrounded by forest and are close to the spring.(Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Fanning Springs State Park on the Suwanee River

The cottages at Fanning Springs State Park have electric fireplaces  and well-equipped kitchens. (Keep your expectations for these fireplaces low; they’re as impressive as a flickering light bulb.) (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

The large and inviting screen porch on the cabins at Fanning Springs State Park on the Suwanee River.

The large and inviting screen porch on the cabins at Fanning Springs State Park on the Suwanee River. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Florida cabin resources:

  • For campground reservations, call (800) 326-3521 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern) or TDD (888) 433-0287, or online at Florida State Parks.
  • Cabin details from the Florida State Park system.
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