Category Archives: Florida

Our Stay at Cumpressco Campground – Green Swamp West Tract, Dade City, Florida

Our Stay at Cumpressco Campground – Green Swamp West Tract, Dade City, Florida

Green Swamp Preserve was yet another great place to enjoy a week stay. Like the other great free camping areas in Florida, there are miles of trails to explore. Green Swamp, however, contains two equestrian campgrounds, and features a larger amount of gravel/shell roads than any of our previous stays. This allows for a lot

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Camping at Lake Panasoffkee, Wildwood, Florida

Camping at Lake Panasoffkee, Wildwood, Florida

Lake Panasoffkee Preserve features a camp host, who maintains the property and checks reservations as visitors arrive to the camping areas. Once settled in, our stay was pleasant and uneventful – just like we like it. For those who need them, shopping areas like those in Ocala, Wildwood, and The Villages are a short 20-30

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Free Florida Boondocking

Free Florida Boondocking

When we winter in Florida, we prefer to escape the cramped RV park life, get out into nature, and enjoy ourselves. Since we are fully self contained, hold over 7 days of water, and have our RV solar system, it was time to see what we could do. Thanks to the SWFWMD and SFWMD, and

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Deep Creek Preserve, Arcadia, Florida

Deep Creek Preserve, Arcadia, Florida

Deep Creek was a fairly nice place to stay, and was comparable to Oak Ridge and Cypress Creek. It had your standard amenities, including non-potable water, a port-o-john that was in need of a little more service (like a new floor) but usable and not disgusting, picnic tables, and fire rings. The park itself was

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Hickory Hammock Equestrian Area

Hickory Hammock Equestrian Area

Out of the free management lands we have stayed on in Florida, Hickory Hammock is by far the nicest so far. When we first arrived, a sign directed us to check in with the camp host who was unavailable at the time. A neighbor, however, verified we had a reservation and gave us a rundown

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We Boondocked Key West

We Boondocked Key West

We couldn’t stay in Florida for a second winter and not go to the keys. Campgrounds in Key West are way more pricey than we pay, so we dropped the camper and took advantage of our van dwelling experience. We heard overnighting in Key West was difficult, and it’s true, but we managed to make

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Oak Ridge, Upper Hillsborough

Oak Ridge, Upper Hillsborough

Our group from Alston Tract arranged to all sync our travels and, for our third Florida wild camping location, Laurie and I met them at Oak Ridge. We left Cypress Creek to arrive a few days after the rest of the group. There were about six camping spots, split through the middle with the driving

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Cypress Creek Preserve

Cypress Creek Preserve

Our second Florida boondocking location for the winter was Cypress Creek Preserve. When we arrived, we were the only campers in the area – which is always a plus. Our fist thought was that the large Palmetto Bushes provided a nice seclusion that was lacking at Alston Tract. Once we chose our spot, at the

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Our Stay at Alston Tract, Crystal Springs, Florida

Our Stay at Alston Tract, Crystal Springs, Florida

Our first Florida Boondocking adventure on SWFWMD public land started at Alston Tract. When we arrived, we were the only campers at the location. Alston Tract is very well maintained. The port-o-john was clean and filled with fresh blue-stuff, there was no sign of trash, fire pits were clean and empty, and the area was

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We Did Florida

We Did Florida

Even though our plans were not to head to Florida for the winter, the weather drove us there anyways. We can say, other than Apopka and their short yellow lights with traffic cameras, we enjoyed our stay. We changed locations a few times while there, staying in Callahan, Ocala, and Mayo at Suwannee River Rendezvous.

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Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort

Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort

Suwannee River Rendezvous 828 N.E. Primrose Rd., Mayo, FL 32066 386-294-2510 www.suwanneeriverrendezvous.com Of the parks we have stayed at so far, this is the first we were kind of sad to leave. Their pool complex was pretty amazing, and included a hot tub, and heated conversation and swimming pools. The only downside we had, was

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Juniper Springs, Ocala Florida

Juniper Springs, Ocala Florida

It’s not often, lately, we have a chance to relax and go sightseeing. But, when we have the chance, places like Juniper Springs make a great day trip. The first portion is a relaxing area where swimming is allowed in clear water that remains between 68 and 72 year round. At the far end, sits a mill house.

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We’re Finally on the Road, Full Time

We’re Finally on the Road, Full Time

We have been living in our camper for a little over a year. While having all of luxuries of constant power and water is great, winter is rapidly approaching and it’s time to finally get ourselves and our camper on the road full time. Our first week out was more work than it was play

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