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The best camping near Rainbow Springs State Park

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Crystal-clear waters, waterfalls, and lush gardens await at this hidden gem.

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Happy Campers Rescue Ranch

11 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres 路 Dunnellon, FL
馃彆 Experience nature's beauty while saving nature's beings @ Happy Campers Rescue Ranch, a peaceful 10 acre homestead turned into a serene glampsite located just 10 minutes away from the breathtaking Rainbow Springs. Our glampsite offers a wide range of accommodations, including several camp sites with power, water, restrooms and cozy campers with central A/C and Heat. One of the unique features of our property is the opportunity to interact with our friendly farm animals. Whether you're a fan of cuddly pigs, curious goats, or colorful chickens, you'll have plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with our animal residence. 馃悙 馃悡馃悿 馃馃悽馃悞 馃浂馃毚鈥嶁檪锔 But that's not all 鈥 we also offer a range of exciting extras to enhance your camping experience. Rent a Kayak or Paddle Boat to explore the area and crystal-clear waters of Rainbow Springs, or choose our cooler with built-in air conditioning 鉂勶笍 to stay comfortable during hot summer days inside your tent. And for a unique outdoor movie experience, we offer a projector screen with any movie of your choice - just imagine enjoying your favorite film under the stars! 馃帴 Guests are welcome to gather fallen branches on the property for free to use as firewood during their stay. Alternatively, they can bring their own firewood or purchase a bundle from us at checkout to ensure they have everything they need for a wonderful camping trip. 馃敟 馃惗馃樅 For guests traveling with pets, our pet sitting services ensure that your furry friends are well taken care of while you enjoy all that our town has to offer. So what are you waiting for? Come join for an unforgettable camping experience filled with nature, farm animals, and plenty of extras to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. At Happy Campers Rescue Ranch; Every camper supports a paw print.馃惥 馃憤P.S. See More/Meet the Animals on YouTube @HappyCampersRescueRanch
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Moondancing Meadows

12 sites 路 Lodging, Tents5 acres 路 Ocala, FL
Moondancing Meadows is a back-to-nature wellness glamping facility. We believe in enjoying the abundance of nature, with a few creature comforts. Please note, we currently have 4 different glamping tent sites and 2 primitive tent camping sites. The primitive tent camping sites are NOT a glamping tent, you must bring your own tent. Glamping tents come fully furnished as in the pictures. WEATHER INFORMATION: If the forecast is below 32 degrees we will give you 100% refund. If there is a severe weather warning posted (tornado, hurricane, severe thunderstorms, etc.) and predicted for the zip code for Moondancing Meadows we will refund you 100%. We do not allow cancellations outside of the window with refunds for rain or normal Florida weather systems. Our tents are rated for winds have proven to be safe and dry during storms. We have never had a flooding issue on the land and we supply umbrellas for walking to the bathroom. Please embrace the stage that Mother Nature sets for you and bask in the beauty of experiencing weather so intimately that we usually shelter ourselves from. Our canvas glamping bell tents are nestled in to nature. All the tents have a beautiful Florida forest view and is located in a private area of the campground. They have all been beautifully furnished with real mattresses, sitting area, storage, indoor and outdoor lighting, along with other perks. All of our sites are pet friendly except for the Jupiter glamping tent. There is a community outhouse like no other outhouse you have seen and a beautiful community outdoor shower with hot water. We have a community fire pit for all to enjoy. We have an outdoor kitchen with a charcoal grill, propane burner, and a coffee station. We also have potable water available for campers. Check in time is 3pm or later, Check out time is 12pm Our goal is to provide a perfect balance of peaceful connection with self and nature coupled with a connection to community. Please check our Facebook page to see if we are hosting any events during your stay. We are located in the Horse Capital of the World and also 10 minutes from world-famous Rainbow Springs and KP Hole Park for kayakers and tubers. There is a waiting line in front of the park and at the tubing entrance starts 30 minutes to an hour before the park opens. The park often reaches capacity before the morning is over. It is very convenient to be close to the park to guarantee entry. We are also centrally located and close to several other nature attractions such as: World Equestrian Center: 12 miles/15-20 minutes Silver Springs Park: 22 miles/34 minutes Santos Bike Trail 23 miles/42 min Devil's Den: 26 miles/32 minutes Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens: 26 miles/34 minutes Crystal River/King's Bay Kayak launch to Three Sisters Springs: 26 miles/42 minutes Fort Island Beach in Crystal River: 36 miles/ 52 minutes Gainesville: 42 miles/52 minutes Juniper Springs: 44 miles/1 hour Weeki Wachee Park: 53 miles/1 hour, 13 minutes Cedar Key: 59 miles/ 1 hour Suwannee River: 81 miles/ 1 hour 33 min Daytona Beach: 91 miles/ 1hour 57 min Orlando: 91 miles/1 hour, 30 minutes Tampa: 108 miles/1 hour 50 min We look forward to hosting your stay in the beautiful Ocala/Dunnellon area!
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Pure Paradise Lebanon station

25 sites 路 RVs, Tents23 acres 路 Inglis, FL
Learn more about this land:Beautiful area with waterfalls observation Tower 23 beautiful acres to roam plenty of fishing and water sports in the area as well as other activities , tent and self-contained camping starting at $25 per night full hookup $50 per night
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Crystal River Paradise

4 sites 路 RVs, Tents1 acre 路 Crystal River, FL
NEW! This property is close to everything! Fast Internet, Water hookup, Firewood, Toilet, 30 AMP, Electricity and morning coffee for campers! It includes access to a fenced in dog park, DOG and PEOPLE pool, 7-person hot tub, gas grill, smoker, horseshoes, spring fed pond stocked with bass, canoe, and a fire pit on the deck already stocked with propane. There are two wood-burning firepits on the campsite with one being a chimenea to roast marshmallows and hot dogs! Firewood and starter log provided and subsequent firewood for sale. Gazebo with table and chairs and a beautiful outdoor shower with views of mossy oak trees! You are literally 1 mile from 2 parks with hiking trails (7-mile loop) to view all types of wildlife including alligators, birds, fox and deer. Kayaking spots are abundant. Historic Downtown offers a variety of bars and restaurants as well as local artist crafts. There is something for everyone. Viewing the manatees from the shore of Crystal River and swimming with them will complete your visit!!! PS My backyard paradise is much more beautiful than my photographs. FREE WIFI!
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Smokey Acres

15 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres 路 Brooksville, FL
Welcome to Smokey Acres! This property has been in my family for decades. My Husband and I were married under the oaks and have had our share of campfires out there. Down a hidden gravel drive with wetlands on either side you will find a completely fenced in field surrounded by pine, oak, and swamp maple trees. There are two ponds located on the property both stocked with bass, bluegill, and sunfish. The front pond is home to many natural Florida wildlife and is a great location to bird watch. Located a few miles from Brooksville and the Suncoast Parkway, this quiet and peaceful setting is just 5 minutes from the parking area and trailhead for the Suncoast Trail and 10 miles from the famous Weeki Wachee Springs, where you can spend the day at the local park or float down the river with the manatees. Withlacoochee State Park and other natural preserves with trail access and kayaking are only a short distance away, and Dames Cave, Homosassa Springs, and Chasawiska Springs are all within a ~20-minute drive as well. Spending a day at the beach is easy with plenty of options along the Nature Coast. We鈥檙e also less than an hour from Tampa and Clearwater and two hours from Orlando. A perfect weekend get-away for anyone looking to 鈥渦nplug,鈥 Smokey Acres is also a great stop for those passing through the area. We are a close distance to many racing, livestock, boating and fishing events. We have no problem accommodating whatever you鈥檙e towing! Whether you'd like a leisurely day on the river or an adventure in the Gulf, there are plenty of boating options nearby. Be sure to make it back to the property in time to enjoy amazing sunsets that bring peace and tranquility to your experience. Our neighbors, JG Ranch, offers U- Pick Fruit and Vegetables or a great selection of local harvest at their roadside stand. This 10-acre property has been in my family for decades. My Husband and I were married under the oaks and have had our share of campfires together out there. I've recently moved back home with my own family and as much as we enjoy the land for ourselves we'd love to share it. Any profit from hosting campers will help us maintain our sustainable farm that we're hoping to expand onto Smokey Acres. Just in! Our dirt road has been repaved. So no worries about a bumpy drive in!
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Lucky U Ranch

16 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents60 acres 路 Bushnell, FL
Authentic old Florida homestead. Beautiful Spanish moss veiled Grandfather Oak trees, rolling subtle grassy hills and Cypress filled wetlands with an abundant of bird life every day.We raise Nigerian Dairy goats and always have time for goat visits and petting. Our horses are boarded at night and roam freely during the day along with our donkeys. Hiking our land gives you the feeling of serenity and back to nature, clearing your mind so you can remember what nature is all about. Just minutes away are amazing places and parks like the Withlacoochee State park, Hog Island and the Withlacoochee river, where kayaking is a must.Peace and quiet and privacy as you tent, stay in one of our RV's or bring your own. ENJOY!
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Nature's hug campground

5 sites 路 RVs, Tents3 acres 路 Dunnellon, FL
Hello! We live in the boonies of Dunnellon florida. Rigs 35 ft or under are recommended. We are 2 hrs from disney and daytona beach. Close by activities include beautiful golf courses, zip linning ,horse back riding, the villages and more! We are currently putting in rv hookups but do have portable water access as well as a hose for hook up limited one. Bring your kids,pets, horse ,atvs and enjoy a great time with your family at nature's hug campground! Car rental available
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Cristal camping 馃彆锔

1 site 路 RV, Tent1 acre 路 Crystal River, FL
You just came across a very unique piece of land very close to all the springs that there is to enjoy and a beautiful small town of Inglis located in Crystal River Florida. Please come and enjoy this cold water from this beautiful springs. And don鈥檛 forget to bring the floaty鈥檚, snorkels and goggles because you鈥檙e going to need it in order to see all the beautiful underwater scenes on this Cristal water, rivers. Come enjoy our beautiful tent space nestled in a wooded lot located at the beautiful Rainbow River, one of the largest spring fed rivers in the world , you will have a parking area. Kayak rentals available. It is a short walk to the 40-mile Withlacoochee biking/walking trail which has a large variety of birds and wildlife for your viewing pleasure. Rainbow River State park and head springs is located 4.6 miles away, a great place for swimming and snorkeling with an admission fee of $2. There is a laundromat, grocery stores, and a large selection of restaurants nearby for your dining pleasure. See you soon! PEACE
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Bring Your Horse

6 sites 路 RVs, Tents20 acres 路 Dunnellon, FL
Small horse farm, mostly wooded, borders Ross Prairie State Forest
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Tudor Farm Serenity Awaits You!

4 sites 路 RVs, Tents10 acres 路 Ocala, FL
Tudor Farm was manifested in 2019 from dreams and desires built over a lifetime.聽 This 10-acre property is more than a horse farm.聽 It is a natural sanctuary for both people and animals... a nurturing home for the wildlife and companion animals that live here,聽and a welcoming retreat for visitors and guests.聽聽聽The pavilion and retreat center is used for restorative workshops and special events and the property's collection of beautiful oaks and other trees happily share their majesty with those who relax under their boughs.聽 Enjoy a change of pace and visit us聽at Tudor Farm! Learn more about this land: Wake up on a 10 acre horse farm in beautiful Ocala, Florida. The farm is a relaxing, natural haven for spending time near beautiful oak trees and enjoying the sights and sounds of farm and wildlife. Conveniently located near local attractions like the World Equestrian Center, Silver Spring State Park, and multiple freshwater Springs. Pricing is 1 tent or RV聽per site. RV hookups can accommodate 20, 30, or 50 amp connections.聽 Please verify with us to ensure聽we have the hook up you require before booking.
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Camp Seminole Springs

99 sites 路 RVs, Tents38 acres 路 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 鈥榦ff the beaten path鈥, 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 鈥榟orse capital of the world鈥 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鈥檚 as a honeymoon resort and campground. The founders built a heart-shaped 鈥榩ond-spring鈥 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.
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Paradise Lake Rousseau ,Fl

7 sites 路 Lodging, Tents3 acres 路 Crystal River, FL
3 acres on beautiful Lake Rousseau. Fishing , camping , kayaking , cabin rentals. 10 miles from ThreeSisters Springs, Hunter Springs and Crystal River. Abundant wildlife. Beatiful sunrirses and sunsets. Very peaceful!
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The best camping near Rainbow Springs State Park guide

Overview

About

The sapphire waters at Rainbow Springs and the Rainbow River have drawn humans to dip in their cooling depths for 10,000 years. Today, Rainbow Springs State Park is home to one of Florida鈥檚 largest natural freshwater springs and features a day-use area with headsprings and nature trails, a tubing area, and the sole full-facility Rainbow Springs Campground. Swim and snorkel the headspring waters, or try canoeing, kayaking, paddling, and tubing down the river, keeping an eye out for water birds, turtles, and otters. Wander the nature trails past three waterfalls and take in the gardens of azaleas, magnolias, and oaks.

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Notable Camping Spots in Rainbow

  1. Florida residents can make campsite reservations 11 months in advance, while non-residents can make reservations 10 months in advance. You can also call for potential same-day reservations.
  2. If you can鈥檛 reserve a spot ahead of time, show up first thing in the morning to grab any unreserved campsites, which are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  3. Book well in advance for popular weekends and holidays during the peak season. Otherwise, plan to stay during the week or between December and March. The campground is open year-round.

When to go

Peak season runs from March to November. The park is extremely popular on weekends and holidays, so it closes once capacity limits are reached鈥攅ven to registered campers. Plan to arrive early during those periods, or visit during the week. Water temperatures average 72掳F year-round and are particularly refreshing in the heat of summer. Tubing is only possible from April to September, when ranger-guided snorkeling tours are also available. Visit in February and March to catch blooming azaleas.

Know before you go

  • Tent campers should bring heavy-duty stakes for the gravel-packed camping pads and be prepared to hike their gear in a short distance for tent-only sites.
  • Swimming and snorkeling are restricted to the buoyed swimming area or fromboats outside the headsprings area. Inflatables are not permitted, and snorkelers are required to have a dive flag.
  • Canoe and kayak rentals are available from the Rainbow Springs launch site and campground store. Tube rentals and shuttles are available in season.聽
  • Park walkways are not wheelchair-accessible, as they鈥檙e steep and uneven in spots. There are several accessible campsites, ADA-compliant restrooms, picnic areas, and lift chairs for spring swimming.

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