Date of Stay: March 22, 2010.
Weather During Stay: Partly cloudy and breezy, mild during the day. Low at night was 38, a cold surprise.
Site Description: We’re in site 28, a large, level, pullout with 30 amps and water. The 45 campsites are arranged in three loops, with about an equal number of back-ins and pull-throughs/pull-outs. Our site had plenty of privacy, and the campground is in a wooded area with lots of cool Spanish moss. Sites are on gravel and each has a picnic table. Roads are paved.
The campground has 2 restrooms with showers and covered outdoor laundry facilities (first time I’ve seen that). A large playground is located near the Suwannee Loop. A dump station is available.
Rate: We paid $22/night. No discounts. Florida uses the Reserve America system for reservations – but we weren’t charged the usual “convenience” fee; the total fee for our site reserved online was $22.
Phone/radio/TV: Great Verizon service for phone and aircard. Although we had no problem locking on our roof-mounted TV satellite, the tree cover in some sites would present challenges. We got nothing on our antenna. NPR is available on 88.9, from Tallahassee.
Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: This is a flat campground at low elevation. Lots of saw palmetto, tall pines, large oaks and huge deciduous trees draped in Spanish moss. Sites are relatively private; our view is of trees, moss and a few other RV’s.
Lighting/Noise: No light or noise to bother us at night. Sites near the restrooms might have a different light experience.
Favorite Sites: We liked site 28, but would pick 27 next time, since a rig in site 29 would be smack in the center of our view and very close (it was empty last night). This would be a great site for a 5th wheel, though. There are MANY large, level, semi-private sites in this park.
Hiking/Walking: Miles and miles of hiking, including a wonderful trail along the banks of the dark, mysterious, Suwannee River.
A typical campground loop view
The dark Suwannee River
Comments: LOTS to do in this state park: hike, bike, canoe the Suwannee River, visit the Stephen Foster Museum and the Carillon Tower (which plays concerts 4 times a day), visit the gift shop and craft demonstrations. Lovely grounds and facilities. The historic town of White Springs looked interesting, and we were given a brochure for a walking tour of their historic buildings. That will have to be on the list for “next time”. We would return here anytime we are in the area.