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"Sweet Tupelo", on the "Big River"

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38 reviews
· Bristol, Florida
12 acres
3 sites
3 RV/Tent
"SWEET TUPELO" is a magical 12-acre RIVERFRONT property offering 3 R.V. sites, spaced 150 feet apart from each other. We're directly on the Apalachicola River, approximately 15 minutes south of Bristol, Florida. These campsites have so much to offer with sweeping water views on a wide bend of the river! The campsites feature: . 1. Waterfront R.V. camping sites spaced far enough from another camper for your enjoyment, (150 feet apart). 2. Picnic table 3. Swivel-top charcoal grill 4. Fire Pit with 4 wood Adirondack Chairs 5. Each site has a 30-amp and 50-amp hookup, plus FOUR 110v electric outlets, along with two city drinking water spigots, (bring your own RV electric cord and RV drinking water hose). 6. Room for boat parking 7. Public boat ramp, playground, restrooms, just 300 YARDS AWAY! 8. Tent camping accepted and is best at Sites 1 or 3 for more seclusion. 9. R.V. size limit recommendations: Site 1 up to 42', Site 2 up to 28', Site 3 up to 34' . RV DUMP STATION COMING THIS FALL, 2022!!!! . (For best results to see ALL features of our listing, including dates/availability of ALL 3 campsites, view our Hipcamp listing on a laptop rather than your mobile phone) . Snowbirds, we'll give you a MONTHLY rate at $700.00 for 30 nights, an average of just $23.33 p/night! . . Our three "SWEET TUPELO" R.V. campsites are located on 12 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. When you venture back into civilization, make sure you pick up a jar of Tupelo honey. You won’t be disappointed! . "Sweet Tupelo" is located roughly halfway between Apalachicola and Chattahoochee, 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. The waters of the river originate northeast of Atlanta, Georgia! . On this secluded property, you can almost hear the sounds of yester-year when steamboats, pirates, Native American residents, British, Spanish, and French soldiers along with American settlers traveled throughout this area. . William August Bowles, a former British officer, 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! Bowles established the Muskogee Nation, encompassing the "Big Bend" region of the Florida Panhandle and lower Alabama/Georgia, with the support and cooperation of native tribes while proclaiming himself president in 1795. He eventually was caught by the Spanish in 1803 and his Estiffanulga fort was abandoned when he was sent to Morro Castle Prison in Havana Cuba, where he died in 1805 at age 42. . 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 riverbanks 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 & Park which is only 300 yards away, along with public restrooms and a great playground for the kids. To walk there, it's a short stroll on Joe Red Shular Road. . For fishing, the best location is at the public boat ramp because the cliff is not as high, and the edge of the cliff is more stable due to boulders being in place. There is a park bench as well. This spot is located at the left of the boat ramp. . Camel Lake is located just a few miles away deep in the Apalachicola National Forest. It features a secluded, natural roped-off swimming area and sandy beach, along with restrooms. . The Town of Bristol, the county seat of Liberty County, is 12 minutes north of the campsite and features a few restaurants, (Apalachee Restaurant, Subway), 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 town of Apalachicola, full of maritime history, features beautiful historic homes and buildings, along with restaurants, shops and boat launches offering 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, museums, 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 northwest 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). . Fort Gadsden Historic Site, located a few miles southwest of Sumatra off of Hwy 65 . FOOD nearby: Check for hours & days of operation which could change/vary: Apalachee Restaurant and Subway, both in Bristol located 15 minutes north. T.J. Market & Citgo Station, located in Lake Mystic, just 8 minutes north, offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, along with gas and the area's only non-ethanal marine gas for boats. Blountstown, 20 minutes away and 5-7 minutes west of Bristol, offers additional restaurants, grocery and hardware stores. . DIRECTIONS: . FOR R.V. SITE 1: . 1. From Bristol, take County Road 12 south to County Road 333, (roughly 10 min.) 2. Veer right onto County Road 333 3. Take County Road 333 to Landing Road, (a red clay road) 4. Turn right onto Landing Road. (The county-issued 911 address is 21103 Landing Road but that puts you to the right of our actual address). See item #5 below 5. Go about 200 yards, and as Landing Road curves right, go straight onto the lime rock driveway instead of curving right 6. Drive straight ahead, passing the first gate to your left, (which is where the R.V. Dump Station is located), and a county water tower on your right. You will arrive at the gated entrance to the property straight ahead 7. Upon entering the gate, continue on the lime rock driveway through the wooded area to the riverfront RV site at the end of the road. You will see a large fire pit with Adirondack chairs, a picnic table, a grill, a bar, a 110v/30/50-amp electrical hookup and water spigot. . FOR R.V. SITES 2 and 3: . The official "911 address", assigned by the county, is 7034 Joe Red Shuler Road NW. When you turn right off of Hwy 333 onto Joe Red Shuler Road, proceed straight. You'll see the double gates straight ahead where the road turns left toward the nearby boat ramp. Go straight, through the gate.
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Hosted by Glenn S.Joined in May 2021
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40 ratings · 38 reviews
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Edward S.recommends
November 17, 2022
SITE 2
Glenn has a best camping site. Secluded sites near the river, makes for stunning views, and great pictures. if you’re looking for a great place to stay, this is it.
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Cynthia H.recommends
October 30, 2022
SITE 3
Absolutely loved this little slice of heaven on the Apalachicola River. The site was clean, large and well maintained. We will definitely be going back!
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Kim S.recommends
October 17, 2022
SITE 1
We always love staying here - a great private site!
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Marc G.recommends
October 11, 2022
SITE 1
So scenic, a perfect hideaway.
Amazingly beautiful park, so nice you get the feeling you never want to leave. Glenn was particularly helpful and friendly.
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Mike G.recommends
October 9, 2022
SITE 3
Beautiful spot! New swivel top charcoal grill with tools. Well kept land , near bathrooms and a playground, with an amazing view. We will be back!!
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Jude A.recommends
October 3, 2022
SITE 2
Fantastic hosts, Private, plenty of space , peaceful perfect get away
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Andrea B.recommends
September 28, 2022
SITE 1
Sweet Tupelo was really cool! Just as described. Better in person! Beautiful sunset view. Glenn was very responsive and kind about my early leave due to the hurricane. I have Verizon and did get some cell service there but pretty weak. Which was fine because once there, I wanted to sit back and enjoy! Highly recommend!! Thanks Glenn, I’ll be back!
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Phillip C.recommends
September 26, 2022
SITE 1
Highly recommend! Gorgeous site!
This site is fantastic! You can tell the owners have put a lot of thought and care into the sites- from the firepits and comfy chairs on each site down to the grills. The sites are very spacious, immaculately clean and well landscaped. The sunsets are gorgeous! I highly recommend putting out a blanket and looking at the stars. We have decided this will be our "spot" from now on, just a short drive from our home in Panama City.
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James M.recommends
August 21, 2022
SITE 1
Location,location, location. Great.
Place is well kept.View is spectacular. Couldn't ask for more.
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Caitlin M.recommends
August 7, 2022
SITE 1
The view was beautiful! If you’re wanting to get close with nature this is definitely the spot! Very well maintained and cared for. Glenn was definitely a pleasure renting from. :)
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Jennifer E.recommends
July 25, 2022
SITE 1
We had a great time at Glenn's property, couldn't have asked for a better view and the location was great for what we were there to do; camp and jonboat! We had such a wonderful stay and plan on visiting again! Thank you for the beautiful accommodations!
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Brittney P.recommends
July 18, 2022
SITE 1
Amazing view!! Super close to boat ramp which also has an awesome playground for the kiddos. Beautiful sky at night. Host is amazing! We also noticed that there are 2 other sites now located next to this one that look new so we are hoping other camper friends can join us on future visits!! However, the sites are spaced apart so you won't be on top of anyone else.
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Rhonda R.recommends
June 6, 2022
SITE 1
The campsite was beautiful! Directions to site were spot on. (Would add mileage amount between major points) I’m sure during cooler months the bigger rocks around campsite are not a big deal but during flip flop season the rocks around the site and fire pit are not easy to walk on. Fire pit and seating was very nice! The public restrooms located near the site are still in need of repair and need a LOT of work. Mr.Glenn was very responsive and we plan to visit again during cooler weather days.
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Lynn H.recommends
May 31, 2022
SITE 1
Perfectly secluded spot
Perfectly secluded spot! Only traffic was to the boat ramp which was probably busier then usually beginning a holiday weekend and gave us the chance to boat watch from the cliff
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Kimberly F.recommends
May 15, 2022
SITE 1
We enjoyed our stay here so much. It was so peaceful and relaxing and the view was spectacular! Went fishing on Friday ,cooked them up Saturday and ate while over looking the River we caught them on. We will be coming back!
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Sarah T.recommends
April 17, 2022
SITE 1
Beautiful campsite by the river
Absolutely loved this place for camping with friends and will definitely be back soon! Such an amazing view of the river and the stars were absolutely beautiful. The fire pit was very easy to use and the bathroom down the road was great. Thank you!
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Jean Paul R.recommends
April 11, 2022
SITE 1
Quiet! Peaceful! Relaxing!
My wife and I had a great time. The site is very private and is perfect for getting away and unplugging for a couple days. Everything was in excellent condition and the site was spotless. Bring some bug spray or a screen room. If you need great cell service, we have Verizon and got 2 bars of LTE at the site. It was fine for calling and texting but I would not have been able to stream or work without some type of booster. Heading south, there are long stretches with no signal. Check your maps ahead of time. For things to do, St George Island is about an hour away. Take a day trip for some beach time and to buy some fresh Gulf shrimp to cook for dinner. For a little hiking, take a 30 minute drive to Torreya State Park. FYI...that's also a great place to stop and dump your tanks on the way home. Bristol is only 10 miles away and has a few gas stations and a grocery store. We would definitely stay here again.
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Paige A.recommends
March 27, 2022
SITE 1
Exceeded our expectations!
Fantastic stay! We camped for five nights at this beautiful property! It was a convenient location to stay- we traveled to Panama one day and Tallahassee the next and each drive was about an hour away. The campsite was peaceful and quiet and the view on the river was spectacular. This was our first time using Hipcamp and Glenn, the host, was excellent and very accommodating. I can’t say enough great things about the campsite and also the host! We brought our 7 year old child and we camped with a tent and camper van! We definitely would like to make a trip back to this campsite! Way better than a campground with many people around!
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Laura R.recommends
March 22, 2022
SITE 1
Camping with a view
I loved camping at Sweet Tupelo enough to make this my second - but not last - weekend there! It’s the perfect spot to rest, relax, and enjoy the view of the river during the day, and stars at night, from a cozy spot by the fire pit. The host, Glenn, is communicative, helpful, and generous. I’d recommend the site and the host to anyone looking for a relaxing retreat!
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Josh R.recommends
March 14, 2022
SITE 1
Beautiful spot!
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Melonie W.recommends
March 7, 2022
SITE 1
Great trip!
Thank you for the great stay! It was our first camping trip as a family and we had a great time, we definitely want to come back. Lovely site, friendly owners and a location that was in the middle of lots to do during the day and quiet and peaceful at night. Thank you!
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Billy L.recommends
February 27, 2022
SITE 1
We loved it, very private spot. Sewer hook up would be great but everything else was great. Differently will be back. Thanks
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Marjorie M J.
February 23, 2022
SITE 1
Singular views, history; confining
This is a site with an amazing history, briefly the stronghold of the very brief Muskogee nation, and the views along the bend of the Apalachicola River are marvelous. Great assembly of outdoor furniture and fire ring and host works hard to make you happy. Site felt a bit confining to me, nowhere to walk except on site, aggressive dogs nearby, and toilets listed as next door are overflowing/non-functioning.
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Katie M.recommends
February 6, 2022
SITE 1
We had such a fantastic time! Beautiful spot! We will definitely be back!
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Yavhe C.recommends
February 3, 2022
SITE 1
A+ camp site and pet friendly!!!!!!
This property is real cool has everything you need to have a relaxed stay water electricity no bathroom but there are some public bathrooms nearby at walking distance has beautiful views of the river and good space to bring family and friends Firepit seat BBQ grill that is cool and lots of land the host Mr. Gleen is fantastic very flexible, and kind would recommend this place to everyone and will return also!! very level pad for small and big rigs no problem!!
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Megan C.recommends
February 1, 2022
SITE 1
Beautiful property! Definitely would camp here again!
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Bonnie K.recommends
January 29, 2022
SITE 1
Beautiful, peaceful, private spot on the Apalachicola river. Outstanding views wonderful level area for set up. Fire pit and Adirondack chairs are a huge huge plus! Great hike 30 minutes away at Garden of Eden Trail.
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John L.recommends
January 24, 2022
SITE 1
Cool river edge camping. Private setting with nicely set up seating area and fire pit.
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Laura R.recommends
January 18, 2022
SITE 1
Relaxing Retreat with Amazing View
We LOVED staying on this property. The view was incredible. The fire pit and Adirondack chairs were perfect for creating a really relaxing place to keep warm and socialize outside even though it was chilly! Glenn has created a really serene retreat for anyone looking for a little seclusion. This will definitely be a regular spot for us!
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Eliane S.recommends
January 15, 2022
SITE 1
This campsite is incredible. Private, peaceful, and beautiful. It’s clean and thoughtfully equipped. We had a wonderful stay and totally recommend it. Thank you for offering this site to campers!
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