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Old 07-05-2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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Florida springs camping locations

I am a new resident Jacksonville Florida and am looking for some locations to snorkel in the fresh water springs. I need a place for my RV within walking or local shuttle to the springs. I am ready to take a road trip! We want to snorkel and just enjoy. Thank you for your responses.
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Hi Greg,

First of all !!!!!
I went snorkeling in April at Alexander Springs, and I beleive they also had camping! I am guessing you don't have a toad? I also was at Silver Glen Springs which I think had a lot more fish, but not sure about camping near by there! Hope this helps some!

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There are lots to try. Alexxander and Juniper Springs are federal parks and there are NO hookups so if that is important to you, don't book there. But if in the area please try them because they are nice. Silver Glen has no camping at all. Another federal park in that area is Salt Springs Nat Rec. there is FHU on concrete slabs. Very nice camping area and you can walk or ride a bike to the spring area.
Most springs in the area are closer to Gainseville and the west coast of FL.
Manatee Springs SP has camping w/e and you can walk to the springs. Ichetucknee Springs are beautiful and you can tube them as well. There is no camping in the SP but there is a private campground across the street.
Kelly park/Rock Springs is a county park in Apopka. FL and they have camping with a short walk to the springs, they also have a tube run.
Devils Den near Williston, Fl has a private campground near the springs as well.

There are just some I thought of off the top of my head. If you want pics of some of these check out our pics at: CurbCrusher.com or flickr:Flickr: Curb Crusher's Photostream
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Rainbow Springs SP. A vendor there offers transport to the springs to tube down the river and a return to the park. Park has 50Amp and full hook ups.
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In Orange city fl there is blue springs with a bottomless hole, crystal clear water and a campground just down the road.
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Just got home from Rainbow Springs. Nice place.
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Springs Camping North Central Florida Area

[QUOTE=we3peas;896611]There are lots to try. Alexander and Juniper Springs are federal parks and there are NO hookups so if that is important to you, don't book there.

we3peas:

I wanted to go to Alexander Springs RV camping but did I hear you right, dry camping only? Any further details would be helpful.


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Welcome onboard,

For some nice snorkeling try Jennie Springs on the Sante Fe River not far from Gainesville.

There are several springs used by scuba classes with cool, crystal clear, water.

Located not too far off I-75 and short driving distance to a number of springs off Sante Fe and Suwanee Rivers. Check them out on the web.

Rainbow and Manatee are both great spots for snorkeling, too.
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Check out Salt Springs Recreation area. Very nice full hook up campground and great springs.
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We live in Jacksonville also, and one of our favorite get away is to Salt Springs. They have full hookups, the campsites are large and no one is at your back door. The other springs, Juniper, Silver Glen and Alexander are withing driving range for different experiences. If you are over 62 you can use your Golden Age Passport. Cheap camping.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:49 PM   #10
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You heard her right. Dry camping only at Alexander. Like PanJH said, stay at Salt Springs and drive down, it's not that far.

There is a web site that seems to list all the springs in Florida, with info on what's around them.

I've got campground maps and some site pictures for Kelly Park, Manatee Springs and Wekiwa Springs on this website.
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Hey curbcrusher,

Thanks for the info and hope to get down that way before too long. We enjoyed your website with camprground maps and pictures. Great job and will keep it as a reference for future trips.

Hey if you are ever out in the panhandle try the St Andrews State Park in Panama City. They have nice wooded sites on the klagoon and a pier on the gulf side. Near all the sites but campground secluted from the big crowds.

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