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3rd NIGHT FREE!...Let me know which 3rd night you want and I'll block it out for you on our listing's Hipcamp calendar!

"SWEET TUPELO" is a magical campsite RIGHT on the Apalachicola River's riverfront, about 15 minutes south of Bristol, Florida.  This campsite has so much to offer with sweeping water views on a wide bend of the river!  The campsite features:


3rd NIGHT FREE!...Let me know which 3rd night you want and I'll block it out for you on our listing's Hipcamp calendar!

"SWEET TUPELO" is a magical campsite RIGHT on the Apalachicola River's riverfront, about 15 minutes south of Bristol, Florida.  This campsite has so much to offer with sweeping water views on a wide bend of the river!  The campsite features:

1. A wide turn-a-round and parking area for your RV

2. Picnic table

3. Swivel-top charcoal grill

4. Fire Pit with Adirondack Chairs

5. TWO 30amp, ONE 50 amp, and FOUR 110v electric and city drinking water hookups, (bring your own RV electric cord and RV water hose). Have your friend or family member bring their RV to camp with you for a 2nd RV, AT NO EXTRA COST!

6. Bar and stools 

7. Room for boat parking!

Our "SWEET TUPELO" RV campsite is located on 11.5 riverfront acres in the northern Panhandle of Florida on the historic Apalachicola River.  The name “Sweet Tupelo” is taken from the Tupelo tree that grows exclusively in the floodplains and sloughs along the Apalachicola River. Local bees make their honey with the pollen of these trees creating many unique health and taste benefits found only in this part of the world.  If you venture back into civilization, make sure you pick up a jar of Tupelo honey.  You won’t be disappointed! 

"Sweet Tupelo" is the ONLY riverfront campsite along the Apalachicola River and is located at the river's mile marker 60.  This river is Florida's LARGEST by volume, stretching 103 miles from the Florida/Georgia border in Chattahoochee to the historic fishing village of Apalachicola on the Gulf coast.  On this secluded site, you can almost hear the sounds of yester-year when steamboats, pirates, Native Americans, British, Spanish, French, and American settlers traveled throughout this area.  William August Bowles built a fort right here on our bluffs as he hid from Spain and American Military officials while traveling with his fleet of pirate ships upstream from the Gulf coast!

Beginning in the early 1800s, commercial steamships plied the Apalachicola river waters carrying cotton, provisions, and other products from Georgia and Alabama to the coast.  From there, the cargo was switched to seafaring vessels and shipped to Europe, the American northeast, and all over the world.   In days gone by, Native Americans had thriving communities here followed by American homesteaders who started to settle along these river banks in the early 1800’s. 

What to do at Sweet Tupelo? 

Well, the most popular activity is to relax and enjoy the fire pit while you watch this mighty river roll by.  If you enjoy fishing, bring your boat to the Estiffanulga Public Boat ramp which is a stone’s throw away along with public restrooms and a great playground for the kids. 

Camel Lake is located  just a few miles away deep in the Apalachicola National Forest.  It features a secluded, natural swimming area along with restroom and shower facilities.

The Town of Bristol, the county seat of Liberty County, is 12 minutes north of the campsite and features a few restaurants, a grocery and hardware store, bank, and other niceties of small town civilization. Blountstown, the county seat of Calhoun County, is 20 minutes away and also offers amenities.

The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement  is a very interesting museum located about 20 minutes northwest in nearby Blountstown located on the other side of the river.  Over 17 historic buildings may be toured which feature what life was like settling this North Florida area in the early 1800’s.  Call for hours of operation.

The Gulf Coast to the south is only an hour’s drive away.  Known as the Forgotten Coast, the pristine sands of St. George Island offer great beach access, public parking, restroom/shower facilities, a state park, along with many restaurants and shops to enjoy.  The historic village of Apalachicola also features beautiful historic homes, restaurants, shops and boat launches with great access to the gulf of Mexico.

Tallahassee is roughly an hour to the east and is Florida’s state capitol and home of Florida State University and Florida A & M University.  If you need a small dose of civilization while camping, come visit the many historic locations and tours, along with great restaurants and shopping.

Wakulla Springs State Park is about 1 hour to the southeast and makes a fabulous day trip, especially on a very hot day!  Cool off and swim in one of the deepest freshwater springs in the world, or lounge on the sandy shore under the shade of pine trees.  Even a boat tour downstream! The site features a lovely restaurant and has a small museum. Be sure to say hello to “OLD JOE”, the 14 foot long alligator which is preserved in the lobby.  A very enjoyable day indeed. 

Florida Caverns Cave Tour in Marianna FL Just take the one hour drive north west and you can travel back to pre-historic times as you tour this lime rock cave system full of stalagmites and stalactites.  This other-worldly experience is sure to please young and old alike.

Falling Waters State Park in Chipley FL offers Florida's highest waterfall at 73 feet! A beautiful site!

Garden of Eden Trail located 5 miles north of Bristol. A 3.7 mile loop within the 6,295-acre Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve. The canopied trail and the brook culminate with Alum Bluff. After about two hours of ascending and descending, stopping to hear the birds and the cicadas and to marvel at the way the landscape drops sheer into gullies, the land crests at Alum Bluff, almost 200 feet above the Apalachicola River!  A theory is that the Garden of Eden was located in this beautiful area.  (No dogs, no smoking, no restrooms).

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Electrical hookup available
Water hookup available
Generators allowed
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-through site
Max length 42ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Glenn a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 10AM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


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Hipcamper Kim

A perfect spot

Kim S.
recommends this listing.
September 26th, 2021

Wonderful site.

Hipcamper Glenn
Response from Glenn, the Host, on September 30th, 2021

Thank You for your review! We loved hosting you and look forward to you returning! Glenn & Lawson

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Hipcamper Jesse

Riverfront retreat

Jesse S.
recommends this listing.
September 19th, 2021

Wow, what a great venue. Everything we needed on site and our host was available to answer questions and guide us through the community for everything we needed. Highly recommended and will definitely come back as our travel plan lead us. Very private but also very accessable

Hipcamper Glenn
Response from Glenn, the Host, on September 19th, 2021

Thank You so much for such a nice complimentary review! We appreciate that and we'd be thrilled to host you again in the future! Glenn & Lawson

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Hipcamper Kosal

Hidden gem on the river

Kosal S.
recommends this listing.
July 26th, 2021

Hidden gem with relaxing view of the river. Wonderful private camping area with boat launch within walking distance. We stayed for 3 nights brought our boat for fishing and cruising the river. Host was very responsive to questions when they came up. The site was as described in the listing. We enjoyed our stay and will return again. Thanks for sharing this beautiful place.

our river fishing /cruising was cut short due to boat troubles but we did manage to get on it to fish and cruise up and down the river.sunset at the campsitenotice the sign, there is a cliff here about 30 to 40ft drop.  hard to tell from the picture. i guess should have gotten a better picture.  but you kinda see the cliff looking toward the middle of the photo to nearby propertyour setup, we rv'ed and tent camped
Hipcamper Glenn
Response from Glenn, the Host, on July 27th, 2021

Thank You very much for a wonderful review, along with coming to our secluded riverfront R.V. site that offers complete privacy from any other people. We're so glad that you discovered "River Life" and even brought your boat! You are great guests and we look forward to hosting you again! Glenn & Lawson

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