Overall, this is a great state park that has the feel and amenities found in a private RV park. Sites are paved, level, full hook-up and have tons of comforts including: cable (75+ channels), free wifi (in designated areas), a non-heated swimming pool, beach access with tram service, club house, camp store, bike/kayak/canoe rental, laundry, shuffle board, and a host of park activities and ranger-led tours.
The park has 156 sites with full-hook-up (mostly 50 amp but some 30 amp) that can fit rigs up to 45’. There are 22 tent sites with an elevated tent pad, fire ring, water spigot, and electric hook-ups. There are also one and two-bedroom cabins for rent year-round.
Park roads are paved and easy to navigate in a big rig. Camp sites and patios are paved with picnic tables. There are no fire pits but you are allowed to have a fire if you bring your own pit. All sites are level but some of the concrete is cracked and pretty uneven. The fair majority of sites are back-in but there are a handful of pull-thru sites. The water sewer and electric hook-ups are all well-placed at the site.
|typical back-in site|
|typical pull-thru site|
The campground is located ¾ mile from the beach which is accessible via a walking/biking trail or a tram operated by the park. During the winter months the tram runs every two hours, but during peak season it runs once an hour. Once you are on the beach you have miles and miles of unspoiled white sand and blue water to enjoy.
The park is located within a mile of a Walmart (with food), gas station, Subway and other restaurants. Within 5 miles are tons of shopping opportunities, movie theater, restaurants, grocery, etc.
What we really liked about this campground are the level, paved, full-hookup sites and the fact that it is in a state park so you have access to miles of hiking/biking and a gorgeous beach. The beach here is the most beautiful in Florida and can be completely empty in the winter. The park is 1,640 acres so hiking/birding opportunities abound. Yet, within just a few minutes drive are plenty of restaurants, shops, and grocery that make life easy.
The not so good things about this park are the cost and how crowded it can be in the peak season. During peak season this park is very busy. With all the amenities it attracts lots of people and some sites make you feel right on top of your neighbor. The pool can be super crowded and you may have to walk farther down the beach to find a quiet spot. The cost is $42/night (unless you are a Florida senior resident and then it is half price) which is high for state parks . . . but compared to other private parks in the area that is reasonable.
Spirits two cents: the trails are great for letting her run and sniff whatever her nose finds. (Dogs are required to be on a 6-foot leash.) Dogs are not allowed on the beach in the state park so that is a bit of a bummer but there are plenty of places to walk dogs in the campground and on the miles of trails. In addition, there is an off-leash dog park just a few miles away.
More pictures . . .
More pictures . . .
|tram stop in the campground|