Hipcamp host Randy C.
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Park your RV or pitch your tent creekside under an oak hammock or out in the open on the pond in the back. Enjoy 300 acres of private pine forest with an additional 1000 acres of state forest land and trails.Ideal for hiking or mountain biking to the secluded spring fed Dinner Lake for a swim.All areas are open for camping.Drive with caution.The further in you go from the hi


Park your RV or pitch your tent creekside under an oak hammock or out in the open on the pond in the back. Enjoy 300 acres of private pine forest with an additional 1000 acres of state forest land and trails.Ideal for hiking or mountain biking to the secluded spring fed Dinner Lake for a swim.All areas are open for camping.Drive with caution.The further in you go from the highway entrance the quieter it becomes.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
2 sites
Up to 11 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
No potable water
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 30ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Randy a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Multiple public boat ramps of the Kissimmee Chain.Walk in Water and Rosalie are within 5 miles. Plenty of boat parking on prope...Read more


Small pond on property. We are located near all the large lakes of the Kissimmee Chain. World class largemouth bass fishing 🎣


Miles of trails on my private 300 acres + additional 1000 of Lake Wales Ridge State Forest


Walk in Water,Rosalie,Reedy,and Tiger Creek.All have bridges and perfect if 2 vehicles available for drop off and pick up. The...Read more

Wind sports

Lake Walk in Water and Rosalie boat ramps are within5 miles. 5000 acres+


Dinner Lake on State Forest property is spring fed,pond on site 2 is clean but the water is tea colored.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Panther Crossing in Florida.


Pine forest and sand pine scrub


Pond on site #2 and spring fed Dinner Lake 800 feet from Walk in Water Road parking lot for Lake Wales Ridge State Forest

River, stream, or creek

Small creek on site #1

Swimming hole

Dinner Lake on State Forest property is spring fed and very clear


East side of property is undergoing a wetland restoration

The vibe at Panther Crossing

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Hipcamper Dawn
Dawn F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
February 9th, 2018

Loved this spot! Would definitely go back!

Hipcamper Dean
Dean V.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
March 8th, 2018

Cool place and big property. It has some nice spots near the entrance, very primitive, but wide open with lots of space.

Hipcamper Brett
Brett A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
March 23rd, 2018

Wonderful place. Nice solitude. Still have cell and wifi signal. Nice people who own/operate the property. We look forward to coming back soon.

Hipcamper Carlyn
Carlyn A.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 2)
October 20th, 2018

Nice property. An honest map would be helpful, but it was a really great primitive site.

Panther Crossing
Hipcamper Dan

Private and comfortable

Dan F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
November 30th, 2018

Unexpected and awesome!
"Panther crossing" has you completely secluded. Google maps gets you pretty close, but if you see the road sign warning "Panther Crossing" you've gone just a bit too far.
You're all alone out there, which is great. That also means, bring whatever you need to camp. It's large, well kept land, but that's it. Trees, grassland, a small lake, has it all. I'm sure plenty of critters live out there! That also means bring firewood, pack out your own garbage.
After you're on the property, there's a dirt road encircling and leading to the campsites. I made it fine in a kia soul, but I wouldn't recommend driving too deep, if your car has low clearance. After a big rain, there could be a bit of mud.
Overall, I recommend. I'm also looking forward to visiting again someday!

Lots of space! You can also park close to your tent, if you'd prefer.This is a "4 person" tent. We could've set up many many of them.One of the sites is next to a small lake/pond.The gate near the entrance.
Hipcamper David

Overlander’s dream!

David T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
January 20th, 2019

We stayed one night, and it was fantastic. This site really has it all.
To start, we drive a Jeep Wrangler w/ 4wd, so we’re not afraid of some good (and responsible) off roading. We stayed at site 2, and I would say that the Jeep made it no problem, but fun was still had nonetheless. For individuals with lower ground clearance, not to worry, panther crossing offers site 1 which is more towards the entrance and absolutely accessible in any automobile (keep your corvettes at home however).
To be honest, there were a lack of amenities. But I have to say it was a breath of fresh air. I don’t always require the bells and whistles to have a wonderful time. In short, come prepared. Keep the basics in mind. Always bring more water than you need. Be aware of Florida weather. And ALWAYS pack out what you pack in.
Hiking here was really cool. For the nature enthusiast, there’s a treasure trove of game trails to hike. Bring your binoculars, this site has an excellent collection for the bird nerds out there! If you enjoy driving the trails in a 4x4 and you’re not scared of getting a little dirty, this is a great option.
You feel secluded. Obviously, as far as safety is concerned, you’re only as safe as you make yourself. Make good decisions. But beyond that, we felt entirely secure and comfortable. Once again, we stayed at site 2, but it would be reasonable to assume that you may get some headlight penetration at night at site 1.
The land is immaculate. There’s no trash laying around. Everything is tidy and as nature intended.
Final Note:
We had a wonderful time. For those considering site 2, please understand your vehicle and the recent weather schedule. It rained the night we stayed, and I must say that the road out had several spots where the mud could cause a van or lower clearance auto some serious difficulty. But be smart, and enjoy this amazing hidden gem!!!

Hipcamper Gerald

Primitive! camping

Gerald B.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 2)
January 27th, 2019

This is primiyive camping at its best/worst. I loved it. The girlfriend tollerated it. No running water, no toilet, no people. Find a spot of level ground and dig a fire pit. Ignore the treestand over your shoulder and hope no one os sitting in it in the morning.

Hipcamper Obie

Primitive camping noobs

Obie P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
February 24th, 2019

It was definitely an experience first time primitive camping. It's literally just you and the woods; which is what we wanted! There are plenty of sites to pitch a tent in, but the further in you go, the thicker it gets in the woods. We decided to camp by the lake (Site 2) since the ground was primarily flat. Although it was flat, it was very open with little to no shade; we were able to set up a lounge area a few feet away under the nearest tree to keep us cool for the time being. Pretty quiet at night with a nice view of the night sky. Overall, we had a great experience at Panther's Crossing!

Hipcamper Michael

Campers paradise.

Michael M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
March 7th, 2019

It was a nice big camp very private. Pretty good up keep. Nice walking trails a bit muddy need to have a truck I made it to the first camp in a fiat 500. But if your going to go farther back truck is advisable.

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