Hipcamp host Marnie H.
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RV Camp site available 9/1/2018

BYO RV or rent ours. Easy to get to but very private.  Easy access pull through RV campsites with hookups are located in a high flat meadow area with lots of shade and lots of headroom.  The view is "360 degrees trees" with a pond at the base of the hill, along with access to the trail system.



RV Camp site available 9/1/2018

BYO RV or rent ours. Easy to get to but very private.  Easy access pull through RV campsites with hookups are located in a high flat meadow area with lots of shade and lots of headroom.  The view is "360 degrees trees" with a pond at the base of the hill, along with access to the trail system.


Campfires are prohibited in dry seasons.  When campfires are permitted they must be in the campfire pits provided.  We have lots of firewood, and you can gather fallen wood as well.

Shady Grove Preserve has a variety of reasonably priced Nature Labs and Guided Tours available.  Be sure to ask for the current schedule, or book your own time with a guide.  Descriptions are available on our website. The woodlands will come alive for you, and never be the same again.  Birders, the pre-dawn and dawn times are wonderful for birding! A quiet walk through the old growth, or a sitting spell by the pond will show you plenty of wildlife, living their lives.

Shady Grove Preserve works well as a base of operations for day trips to several of Florida's natural wonders, including all the major springs and spring fed rivers. Canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and much more are all available within a one-two hour drive.  Even the Mouse is within reach for a day trip. 

Shady Grove Preserve RULES:

Normal Visitor Hours   6:00am to Dusk Monday through Friday Saturday and Sunday by appointment only (Boarders and Campers excepted)

  • No entry without permission – NO TRESPASSING
  • NO SMOKING anywhere inside or outside on the preserve
    • All trash, garbage, and refuse must be secured and removed by the person who brought them onto the preserve.
    • Animal Proof Trash Containers are provided at paid public events only.
  • Park in designated areas only. 
  • No motor vehicles on the woodland trails
    • Equestrians, hikers, bicycles and electric vehicles are allowed with specific permission at assigned times.  SGP maintenance excepted.
  • NO UNSUPERVISED / UNLEASHED PETS.  Pets are allowed by special permission only. 
  • No Hunting, No Soliciting, No loitering
  • Stay on trails and mowed areas
    • Do not enter a pasture where horses are present (without permission.) 
    • Do not pet horses over the fence.  You and the horses could be shocked by the electric fence.
    • Do not disturb or remove the forest or the wildlife.  No Cutting of trees or plants.
  • Report and return any found artifacts to management.  All artifacts are the property of Shady Grove Preserve
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, trailers, RVs, vans and truck campers
3 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Camping vehicle details
Electrical hookup available
Water hookup available
Sewage hookup available
Have a question? Send Marnie a message!
  • Check in: After 10AM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding

If you bring your own horse. Call for Stall rental and horse board.


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Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Camp RV at ShadyGrovePreserve in Florida.


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There are ponds. How much water is present is seasonal and weather dependent. Wild water birds abound.

River, stream, or creek

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The vibe at Camp RV at ShadyGrovePreserve

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Hipcamper Erin + Caroline
Erin + Caroline M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
March 19th, 2018

Camp RV at ShadyGrovePreserve is down an unmarked driveway lined with tall towering trees, but it was not difficult to find. Only about 25 miles west of Ocala on State Road 40 you will find Camp RV at ShadyGrovePreserve. You will start to see horse farms along 40 on your way out to the Hipcamp. Marnie, your host, has been here for many years caretaking the incredible forest and diverse microclimates on her property. She is energetic, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the native and not-so-native plants on her property.
After a walk-about tour with Marnie, where we learned all about the property as well as seeing alot of the unfortunate damage from Hurricane Irma, we were turned loose to find a campsite. There are many maintained trails on the property for you to explore so make sure to get here in time to really relax and see the property. Be sure to watch out for poison ivy if you are allergic.
We chose a camp spot out in a level field with a large sandy area in the middle for our campfire. The field is surrounded by large trees and you feel so cozy and safe here! There are many water spigots around the property, especially up by the barn and near the other 2 campers and trailer, so make sure to fill up your water if you choose to camp in a more primitive setting.
There were also huge piles of downed dry wood for us to pick from for a campfire. The night was quiet and dark, so be sure to count on a great nights sleep here. In the morning we were woken up by a great thunderstorm, even with a bit of lightening and thunder! We had no problem driving out in the rain and even heard some coyotes that morning.
We loved our time here and highly recommend booking yourself a night at Camp RV at ShadyGrovePreserve!

Oh yeah!Hiking the trails at Shady Grove. Beware of the poison ivy!Our host Marnie!About to try campfire pizza...
Hipcamper Marnie
Response from Marnie, the Host, on March 20th, 2018

I am so glad you enjoyed Shady Grove Preserve! It is a peaceful natural place for sure. Just one thing, Shady Grove Preserve is only 8.5 miles west of I75 on highway 40, not 25 miles. :)

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Hipcamper Randa
Randa Z.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
March 25th, 2018

It's a beautiful preserve with different grooves of trees, local creatures, and trails to walk through. Not many rv sites but all we needed was one. Host is very nice and helpful and extremely knowledgeable about many things, flora and fauna. I would like to return.

This site has just been leveled.  Will be even more fabulous when grass grows. We had a lovely fire right where the chair is. Camp RV at ShadyGrovePreserve
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