Paddle through the teal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, hike through the shady canopy of hardwood forests or ride horseback through golden prairies to your next camping adventure at Florida State Parks. Primitive campsites are available at 30 different state parks and these secluded venues offer an easy way to get value for your adventure— the sites can be reserved for just $5 per person.
You may need a reservation but there’s no hold-out on the experience.
On the Water
Navigate sand dunes as you hike along sparkling shores for a quiet beach-campsite at St. George Island State Park (24). Or traverse through lush mangroves and explore natural landscapes for a reclusive site at Sebastian Inlet State Park (127).
Explore a remote island only accessible by boat and camp among unaltered tropical vegetation at Cayo Costa State Park (150)—one of the largest undeveloped barrier islands remaining in Florida. Or paddle to your site through coastal swamps and marshes at Collier-Seminole State Park (156).
Off the Beaten Path
Discover Florida’s incredible biodiversity, with 20 distinct biological communities at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (60) and hike, bike or horseback ride for miles through open vista to your site. Take on rugged terrain and hike along the winding Loxahatchee River to a remote site at Jonathan Dickinson State Park (137).
Further south, camp on the banks of the majestic lakes at Myakka River State Park (144), a quiet place with miles of pinelands, hammocks, wetlands and prairies, which serve as home to one of the best gator-watching spots in the state.
Several of the available campsites are also located off the Florida Scenic Trail—a 1,300-mile long hiking trail highlighting the state’s biodiversity and connecting some of its most scenic natural, cultural and historical resources.
From shimmering white-sand beaches to mysterious mangrove swamps to Florida State Parks offer unique natural destinations for primitive campers of all levels. To find a location and learn more about Florida State Parks visit, www.FloridaStateParks.org/PrimitiveCamping.
Last modified: July 13, 2017