The best camping near Fort Matanzas National Monument

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Fort Matanzas National Monument adventure.

Popular ways to camp

Community favorites near Fort Matanzas National Monument

Top-rated campgrounds reviewed by the Hipcamp community.

Top-rated campgrounds near Fort Matanzas National Monument

Booked 3 times

Palm Jungle Beach Camp

1 site · RV1 acre · Palm Coast, FL
Secluded End-of-Road Camp Lot, nestled just off the beaten path to Jungle Hut Beach near Florida's A1A road in the Palm Coast "Hammock" area. This tranquil spot boasts very few friendly retired neighbors, offering a peaceful retreat. It backs up to a Jungle Forrest with numerous trails and an excellent mountain bike course, with a boat launch conveniently nearby. There's a lot to explore in this hidden gem of the NE Florida coastline—a discovery you'll be delighted to stumble upon! Public showers and bathrooms are accessible within a short 15-minute walk to the beach. Alternatively, the host can provide complimentary beach cruiser bikes, reducing the journey to just 5 minutes! Power, WiFi, outdoor shower, and water are available at the host's discretion, ensuring a comfortable stay.
Pets
Potable water
Campfires
from 
$28
 / night
92%
(97)

Camp Seminole Springs

100 sites · RVs, Tents38 acres · Fort Mc Coy, FL
Bring your mountain bikes, canoes, kayaks and fishing gear. We have it all here at Seminole Springs. We are open for tent camping. Limited number of campsites with Tents on them in a variety of sizes available. First come, First serve. These sites will have a slight upcharge. When you book, if you want to upgrade and reserve one of these sites, let us know and we will accommodate you. We also have 3 units inside the lodge for the people who need just a step up from glamping, but not quite the whole hotel experience. These are beautiful comfortable rooms with half baths in the rooms. The showers are located in the lodge bathhouse. WE have the Jungle themed room, the Equestrian themed room and the Honeymoon Suite. Each unit comes equipped with its own hot tub. (To book any of these units, just send us a message and we will reserve it for you. The prices for these units are different than that campsite and glamping site prices.) The Grist Mill is also available for rent too! This is a very romantic, yet rustic getaway equipped with a half bath as well. Very secluded and private overlooking the spring on one side and the water fall on the other. Sit outside on the deck and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature and at night the sound of the waterfall will lull you to sleep. The shower is located in the Lodge bathhouse. (To book this unit you must send a message to us and we will reserve it for you. The price is different than the campsites but we will go over that with you) WE ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR YOUR EVENT: TAKING BOOKINGS FOR WEDDINGS, CAR SHOWS, MUSIC EVENTS, ETC. LET US KNOW! NOTE: TURN AT CAMP SEMINOLE SPRINGS SIGN ON HIGHWAY 21. Your GPS may tell you to turn at the wrong St. Make sure that you are turning at 244th...Your GPS may tell you to turn at 243rd Street (where the Orange Market it) which is a dead end street. Just go a little bit further until you see the sign for Camp Seminole Spring. Bring bug spray and sun screen. If you need something, don't worry! There is a Dollar General, a gas station and a small cafe within walking distance. We have 38 acres of camping sites nature trails for hiking and mountain biking. Guests can park right on their site, or they have the option of parking and hiking into the woods to set up their site a bit more remote and off the beaten path. This is rustic camping. We have a bathhouse located at the campsites with showers. The bathhouse at the Great Lodge will be ready by Fall 2022. Whereas we do have garbage cans, we prefer that anything you bring into the property, you bring out with you. We allow campfires. Don't be surprised if you see a monkey or two in the trees... The fishing is amazing in these parts, so if you are an angler, come and visit. We have .75 miles of frontage on the Orange Creek. The creek flows into Lake Ocklawaha which just so happens to be one of the best bass fishing lakes in the USA. In fact, ten-pound bass are not uncommon from the Lake Ocklawaha River in the winter. Recently (2020), a 17.2-pound bass was caught there. The combined Ocklawaha and St. Johns drainage basin is possibly the most significant river-estuary waterway of Florida. This water system is of legendary reputation among anglers of largemouth bass who seek 10 pound plus trophy fish. Conveniently located between Ocala and Gainesville in the heart of Orange Springs, Florida, Camp Seminole Spring is perfectly located for the traveler who wants to really connect with nature. It appears to be ‘off the beaten path’, yet it is close enough to civilization so that even the most seasoned camper can make a quick run to store should he or she need something not found in nature. Camp Seminole Spring is mid-way (approx.. 22 miles) between Ocala and Gainesville, Florida, which are two thriving cities in this area of Florida. Ocala, the ‘horse capital of the world’ showcases a brand new multi-billion-dollar equestrian center which draws people from all over the world. This scenic property has an artesian spring which pushes out 1.6 million gallons of water per day rated among the top three percent of water in the world with an 8.4 natural pH. This water fills the pond and then continues on to flow into Orange Creek. Camp Seminole Springs was established in the 1940’s as a honeymoon resort and campground. The founders built a heart-shaped ‘pond-spring’ which is filled with the crystal-clear water pushed out from the spring where guests can lounge by the beach or gaze down into the bottom through the glass-like water or take a refreshing swim. At the top of the hill overlooking the heart-shaped spring, one will find the rustic Great Lodge where guests can come and mingle with each other, enjoy a relaxing conversation and a drink on the veranda or just sit and watch the activity in and around the spring.
Pets
Potable water
Toilets
from 
$39
 / night
95%
(536)

Wooded areas in a horse pasture

8 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · St. Augustine, FL
Campsites are on a small horse farm located just 4 miles from downtown St Augustine and 5 miles from Vilano Beach. Many hiking and water activities within 30 minutes. You select the space you where you wish to set up camp. The entrance off the dirt road is tricky for large rigs or trailers more than 35' may not have easy access. Our sites offer potable water, a shower, picnic tables, a toilet, wifi, trash disposal, space for campfires, and we are pet friendly! We can accommodate tents, RVs, and trailers. Our guests love staying here: "Camping at Gayle’s property was an amazing experience. We shared the field with 3 other campers but there was still plenty of room between sites. Land is flat and has fire pit spaces and BBQ grills. Outdoor shower was appreciated even though we didn’t use it & it was great to have the port-o-potty on site. The best part was getting to see the animals!"
Pets
Potable water
Toilets
from 
$45
 / night
95%
(20)

Ocean Grove RV Resort

2 sites · RVs20 acres · Butler Beach, FL
Ocean Grove Resort is a vacation destination located just blocks away from St. Augustine Beach and only 7 miles south of the historic district. We have an amazing pool-side restaurant and bar, or you can enjoy a variety of other restaurants along with the convenience of having unique shops, grocery stores, and other entertainment venues nearby.We offer several activities year-round for our guests to enjoy, such as horseshoes, basketball, bocce ball, holiday parties, trivia on Thursdays, Karaoke on Fridays, live music on Saturdays, fish from our pier, launch a kayak off our ramp, swim in our heated pool, or go for a relaxing soak in our heated spa. Stay as busy as you want or simply kick back, relax, and enjoy your stay
Pets
Potable water
Toilets
from 
$75
 / night
100%
(145)

Old Florida Shady Hammock

15 sites · RVs, Tents80 acres · Hastings, FL
Learn more about this land:Good Earth Farm - Relax - Enjoy - Experience.A quiet and beautiful setting on a working farm in Northeast Florida. Great place for touring Bicyclists, tent campers or glampers - less than 3 miles from the Florida Bike Trail at Hastings, Florida, with hard-surface road access. Fun farm animals and growing crops. A large barn venue with lighted sound stage - perfect for Reunions, Birthdays, Weddings and your special Event. Adjacent to large state conservation lands. Short distance to St. Johns River access and close to Historic St. Augustine and the Beach. Get up with the chickens and gather some Farm Fresh Eggs for breakfast. Good Earth Farm - an old Florida experience that you will never forget.
Pets
Potable water
Toilets
from 
$25
 / night
100%
(11)

Waterfront Camp/Glamp/RV

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents2 acres · Marineland, FL
Beautiful waterfront lot with nearly an acre of land. Access to the water view, and 1 mile from a beautiful beach that’s rarely crowed. There is a rustic shared camping cabin with a shower, toilet and kitchen which was built by my grandfather in the 1930s. You have access to many hoses and it’s possible to hook up an RV for an extra charge. The property is large, as we own 3 lots, so there is plenty of space to post up. We will be adding a luxury water view glamping tent soon if you would like an upgrade. The main 3 bedroom house is also for rent and sleeps 10 people. We have two paddleboards for rent, and its possible to pay to use a laundry room if its available. Private yoga and massage is also available, but must be booked in advance. Paddleboards: $15/hour or $35/day Washer-Dryer: $10/day Massage/Yoga: $100/hour
Pets
Potable water
Toilets
from 
$50
 / night
100%
(1)

Florida Southern Comfort

1 site · Tent5 acres · St. Augustine, FL
Welcome to our slice of real Florida wilderness at our 5-acre swamp land retreat! Whether you're seeking a romantic getaway, a spooky adventure, or a fun-filled group camping experience, we have something for everyone. Camp in the secluded backwoods and immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of the Florida swamp. Listen to the sounds of nature as you relax under the stars, creating memories that will last a lifetime. For those seeking a more communal experience, join other campers by the stocked pond, where you can fish, roast marshmallows, and share campfire stories late into the night. If privacy is what you crave, you can rent the entire pond site for your group, ensuring an exclusive and intimate camping experience. Our host lives on-site and is available to participate in your adventure or provide complete privacy, whichever you prefer. Whether you're a nature lover, thrill-seeker, or simply looking to unwind in the great outdoors, our beautiful location offers the perfect setting for your next camping adventure. Come and experience the magic of real Florida swamp land at our retreat!
Pets
Toilets
Showers
from 
$35
 / night
99%
(66)

Celestial Acres

6 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Hastings, FL
Welcome to our little homestead. Nestled amidst the serene countryside, this quaint campground offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Surrounded by lush farms and sprawling horse pastures, the air is filled with the sweet scent of wildflowers and the gentle rustle of leaves. With only a handful of RV spots and a few cozy tents scattered among the trees, guests can truly reconnect with nature while roasting marshmallows over crackling campfires under a blanket of stars. Here, the pace slows down, allowing visitors to unwind and immerse themselves in the simple pleasures of rural life. We just finished (well 2 years ago) traveling the country in an RV with five of our 7 kids (oldest two were in college) and we had a terrible time finding places to stay in Saint Augustine when we came home to visit. I hope that we can offer some nice people a safe and beautiful place to park their rig. Things to do: The property is near the historic St. Augustine, a fun walkable/bikeable city, lots of state parks and of course an awesome beach! Other things to note: 6 Miles away is 4 Lakes Campground with dumping facilities
Pets
Potable water
Campfires
from 
$11.11
 / night
99%
(201)

Anastasia Island RV Pad Rental

2 sites · RVs1 acre · St. Augustine, FL
We love living on Anastasia Island. It is a small Island 2 miles wide by 15 miles long. It is walking distance to the beach and fishing pier. We have a small fishing lake in the back yard (unfenced). There is a national bird rookery preserve a few blocks away so the bird watching is wonderful. There is an alligator farm and a dolphin aquarium on the island., as well as a historic continuous working light house. Our pad is just across the Bridge of Lions (3 miles) from the Oldest USA city, St. Augustine, Fl. The historic Fountain of Youth is there along with many other attractions. We have two level paver RV Pads. They both have electric, black and grey water cleanout, fast high speed internet (full hookup). They each have private patios for picnics, socializing, and relaxing. Pad 1 accommodates an RV up to up to 28' in length. Pad 2 accommodates an RV up to 34' in length. Both sites have full RV hookups. We accept Class B, Class C, Small 5th Wheel, Pop-up Campers, Vans and Travel Trailers. Sorry, we can't take Class A. There is also a large back deck with picnic area overlooking the small fishing lake in the back yard. We enjoy meeting fellow travelers and sharing our paradise island. We are LGBTQ friendly. Our neighborhood is quiet and safe. The location has easy access to great adventures, history and wonderful memories may be made here. Pets are welcome on leash. accompanied by an adult, Each additional pet is $5. additional camper fee. There is an off leash park two blocks away. The beaches are also pet friendly. We adhere to CDC guidelines for safety. We will be wearing masks and social distancing while in your presence and appreciate you doing the same. We wish you safe travels and happy trails.
Pets
Potable water
Trash
from 
$80
 / night
99%
(169)

Hidden Gem

14 sites · RVs, Tents11 acres · New Smyrna Beach, FL
Welcome to our HIDDEN GEM which is tucked away in 11 acres of beautiful oak trees. Splashed with Spanish moss this tropical paradise offers a serene experience and creates a perfect environment for the Monarch Butterfly to thrive. We offer hot outdoor showers and flushable toilets. Our sites are large and secluded. We are 10 minutes from the white sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Bring your boat if you like to fish. We are 3 minutes from the boat ramp which accommodates boats large and small to access off shore fishing at the Inlet or flats fishing at Mosquito Lagoon. If you are a motorcycle enthusiast we are 30 minutes from Daytona Speedway and NSB Speedway. Kayak and surfing with your own or rentals are available. All the popular attractions are one hour drive time from us. There are 5 Golf Courses in NSB as well as an array of fine dining, art shows and of course lots of sunshine. As lifelong campers it is a pleasure to share our Hidden Gem with you. We love animals so bring your best friends along.
Pets
Potable water
Toilets
from 
$40
 / night
100%
(5)

Sunset Escape Farmstead

2 sites · RVs6 acres · East Palatka, FL
Discover a peaceful farm retreat set along the banks of a serene river, enveloped by lush greenery and towering trees. As the sun sets on the river, casting a warm golden glow across the landscape, the tranquil ambiance takes hold. Nature's symphony fills the air with the soothing sounds of rustling leaves and flowing water, creating a perfect harmony that invites you to unwind and connect with the beauty of the outdoors. Immerse yourself in this idyllic setting, where each moment promises tranquility and a connection to the natural world.
Pets
Potable water
Toilets
from 
$38
 / night
98%
(263)

Private Escape on the Lake

22 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Pierson, FL
Welcome to your own private escape on the lake! You will be treated to natural beauty, plenty of wildlife viewing, and lake side views! Our listing is for tents, camper vans, RV’s, or anything in between and we are excited to host you!  It just doesn’t get much better than this! Our property features a dock for fishing or launching a kayak. The property is close to town and some different springs. There's also lots of activities in surrounding area. Daytona is only 30 minutes away which means you will have easy access to services should you need them! Our property also provides good access to Ocala National Forest, a great place to find all sorts of outdoor recreation opportunities. You can find kayaking, fishing, and hot springs all within striking distance of our listing.Please make sure to BYO on cooking and kitchen gear if you plan on cooking. Campfires are allowed but you will need to bring or buy firewood.  We do live onsite and we will be excited to greet you upon arrival.Learn more about this land:Welcome to your own private escape on the lake! You will be treated to natural beauty, plenty of wildlife viewing, and lake side views!About the propertyIt just doesn’t get much better. Our property features a dock for fishing or launching a kayak. Close to town and some different springs. Lots of activities in surrounding area. Daytona is only 30 minutes away which means you will have easy access to services should you need them! Our property also provides good access to Ocala National Forest, a great place to find all sorts of outdoor recreation opportunities. You can find kayaking, fishing, and hot springs all within striking distance of our listing.We do live onsite and we will be excited to greet you upon arrival.About the listingOur listing is for tents, camper vans, RV’s, or anything in between and we are excited to host you! The maximum length of vehicle we allow is 50ft. We have 8 sites available that are located on a grassy surface and my require some leveling, please keep this this in mind. Our sites have electrical and water hookups for your convenience for an additional fee and generators are allowed.Limited hookup sites availableContact host for availability. Our listings are family friendly and private but you can expect to see other hosts or other campers around the property. Some amenities you can expect to enjoy:-Fire pit provided at sites-Porta-potty available -Spigot available for potable water-Pets allowed-Wheelchair access is possible-Firewood bundles for purchase through Hipcamp-We do not offer picnic tables and we do not have a kitchen or cooking suppliesAdditional details to notePlease make sure to BYO on cooking and kitchen gear if you plan on cooking. Campfires are allowed but you will need to bring or buy firewood. 
Pets
Potable water
Toilets
from 
$40
 / night

The best camping near Fort Matanzas National Monument guide

Overview

About

There aren't many places where you can watch dolphins playing from atop a Spanish fort. Fort Matanzas is one of them.

Hop aboard a ferry—the fort is only accessible by water. The Ranger takes you back to 1565, when the Spanish and French fought for control of Florida. At the fort, examine the cannons on the gun deck. Walk through the soldiers' and officers' quarters in the tower. The real gem is on the top level. Squeeze up a narrow ladder to the lookout deck. From here, you can see how soldiers kept watch on the river inlet. Be sure to keep an eye out for dolphins.

If you're bringing kids, burn some energy before the return trip on the nature trail. Look for egrets, osprey, and hermit crabs on the shaded, elevated boardwalk. Need to spice up your Instagram feed? Come for the park's legendary sunsets.

On the weekends, Fort Matanzas comes alive with historical reenactments. Watch costumed actors shoot the cannons or work on Spanish flintlock muskets. If you're lucky, you can watch a soldier make a bullet over a fire. During the torchlight tours, you can explore the fort after dark.

Want to be on the first boat to the fort? Camp close by in the Matanzas State Forest, which is just to the west.

Safety at Hipcamp

Inclusion Policy
Inclusion Policy
Inclusion Policy
Hipcamp Hand

Safety partners

Recreate Responsibly

About us

Hipcamp is the most comprehensive resource for beautiful private campsites.

Discover and reserve tent camping, RV parks, cabins, treehouses, and glamping.

Download the Hipcamp App

Hipcamp is created with ❤️ and hope for our future.