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Stay by a lovely pond on 34 acre fruit and ornamental tree nursery property with great vibes.  Located near I-75 just 20 miles South of Tampa, 35 miles east of Saint Petersburg, 35 miles North of Sarasota, 2 hours West of Orlando.  

Parts of property are wide open, other areas are rugged and difficult to walk through including some wetland areas.  The nursery has plent

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Stay by a lovely pond on 34 acre fruit and ornamental tree nursery property with great vibes.  Located near I-75 just 20 miles South of Tampa, 35 miles east of Saint Petersburg, 35 miles North of Sarasota, 2 hours West of Orlando.  

Parts of property are wide open, other areas are rugged and difficult to walk through including some wetland areas.  The nursery has plenty of trees, & some fields - large pond is surrounded by cattails and marsh/wetlands & has fish (Bass, Tilapia, Sunfish, Catfish).

Room for Privacy between campsites.  Usually have fresh organically grown veggies and fruit available too!  (Citrus, Starfruit, Banana. Mango, Papaya & more)

Several species of wildlife have been seen on the property.  There are some lovely Hawks that are fun to watch.  They follow us around at times - hoping we flush out prey for them.

Our pond-front sites do not currently have power, water or sewage hookups.  Generator use is OK.  Fires are OK, but please keep campfires small and safe.  Generator power is ok as well.

Areas around office and main gate may offer some 120-volt options power for charging systems, along with water spigots and waste dumping options.            Note:  30Amp power outlets are currently all in use.

Please plan to arrive well before sunset to get settled in and see your way around the site.

We think the property is lovely, and definitely want you to enjoy your camping experience!

Note:  Honeybee hives are on property about June through January, if any bee allergies within your group please advise - so we can point you toward a campsite further away from hives.  Other insects and some plant species may be annoying. 

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
9 sites
Up to 5 guests per site
Up to 3 vehicles
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 42 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: flat
Generators allowed
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Wifi available
Bins available
Laundry present
No showers
No picnic table
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 3 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Activities

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Biking
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Terrain

Natural features you'll find at By the Pond in Florida.

Beach

Tampa Bay beach areas accessible only 6-8 miles away.

Farm

We grow tree crops and field crops and more!

Driveway

Over a mile of private roadways to camp by are available around the pond and farm here.

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Hipcamper Shelby

Excellent find for fishing

Shelby H.
recommends this listing.
(Dockside at Site 4)
April 21st, 2022

We loved our stay by the pond. Mike was an excellent host, he showed us around the property and was available any time needed. The property is filled with beautiful plants and we got to meet some of the friendly animals. The pond is the real treasure, with clear water and beautiful sunsets. We were able to put our tiny boat in the pond with a trolling motor and pulled out some nice sized large mouth bass. It really is a hidden gem in the area. We stayed in site 4 right by the floating dock. It felt secluded and private, yet we were still within 30ish minutes of Tampa and St Pete.

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Hipcamper keith
Keith H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
March 23rd, 2022

Nice view of the pond, very accommodating host.

Hipcamper Clint

Rustic fla camping at by the pond

Clint H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
March 22nd, 2022

We had a great week at By The Pond enjoying a truly rustic Florida “boondocking” campsite. The Pond is a neat centerpiece to a really beautiful property. Was surprised with the lack of mosquitoes and bugs… Very peaceful place with water available on the property. Mike is a very personable host that made us feel welcome and appreciated. You can hear the interstate some, but it really isn’t bad. Shopping is close by if you forget anything. Nearby attractions include Ruskin family drive-in theater and “gun craft” shooting range that we’ll have to visit on our next trip.

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Hipcamper Drew
Drew O.
recommends this listing.
(West Road between pond @Site 7)
March 21st, 2022

Excellent spot with wonderful hosts! We will definitely be back. Perfect for a relaxing, quiet get away.

Hipcamper Jackey
Jackey B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
March 21st, 2022

Love this place. Mike is a great host. Fresh veggies and eggs available. Beautiful property and quiet. Will definitely be back many more times.

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Hipcamper Katie
Katie H.
recommends this listing.
(SW Corner at Site 5)
March 21st, 2022

We had a great stay at Mike & Bills place. Sites are spread out so you really feel like you are isolated and have adequate privacy. We enjoyed wandering around the property and seeing all the different types of fruit trees & caught a few bass in the pond. Overall a great relaxing weekend.

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Hipcamper Geri
Geri W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 8)
March 20th, 2022

Best hipcamp sweetest host sweetest pig roosters if you like permaculture love mango &star fruit banana trees

Hipcamper Genevieve
Genevieve F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
March 18th, 2022

A very nice place, calm and full of space. Simplicity, nature.

Hipcamper Jacey
Jacey M.
recommends this listing.
(West Road between pond @Site 7)
March 16th, 2022

The fruit was delicious!! We will be back at some point!

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