Hipcamp host Marnie H.
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Easy to get to but very private.   Primitive campsites are located in a high flat meadow area with lots of shade trees.  You can drive to your campsite, set up a tent, sleep under the stars, or sleep in your vehicle.  Be sure to pack out all your stuff (that includes your trash and garbage).  We have trash cans adjacent to the RV park at the

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Easy to get to but very private.   Primitive campsites are located in a high flat meadow area with lots of shade trees.  You can drive to your campsite, set up a tent, sleep under the stars, or sleep in your vehicle.  Be sure to pack out all your stuff (that includes your trash and garbage).  We have trash cans adjacent to the RV park at the homestead.

The meadow view is "360 degrees trees" with a pond at the base of the hill, and access to the trail system. (3.5 miles of trails; a great place for a quiet jog.) The deer and the turkeys are likely to browse through the meadow in the early morning along with the mists.

Campfires are prohibited in dry seasons. We have to check the fire danger at the time of your arrival.  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.

Expect fireflies in the woods in June and great stars on clear nights.  We keep the trails mowed, but come prepared for poison ivy with long sox, good shoes, and antihistamine if you are sensitive to poison ivy or bug bytes.  Bug spray is also a good thing to have handy. 

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. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
3 bookable sites
Access
Short walk (1 - 5 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 6 people per site
Potable water available
Spigot
Fires allowed
Communal fire ring
Toilet available
Flush toilet, portable toilet
Pets allowed
On leash
Showers available
Hot water
Bins available
Compost bin, recycling bin, trash bin
Picnic table available
No wifi
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

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding

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

Paddling

~Rainbow river State and County parks, 12 miles from SGP. Canoe and inner tube rentals, also float trips with pickup and deliv...Read more

Swimming

~ Swim in one of natures wonders. Pristine freshwater at Rainbow river State and County parks, 12 miles from SGP.

Biking
Hiking
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at CampPrimitive at ShadyGrovePreserve in Florida.

Beach

Datona beach, and historic St Augustine are a 90 minute drive to the East. Crystal River and the Gulf of Mexico is 75 minutes d...Read more

Forest

The old growth woodlands of Shady Grove Preserve provide a unique opportunity to experience the biodiversity that was colonial ...Read more

Lake

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

River, stream or creek

Marion County Florida is home to 4 class one springs, each flows from its headwaters into one or more rivers. The Rainbow Rive...Read more

Places to see near Shady Grove Preserve

Rainbow Springs State Park
Rainbow Springs State Park
8 miles way Explore
Silver Springs State Park
Silver Springs State Park
16 miles way Explore
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
23 miles way Explore
Ocala National Forest
Ocala National Forest
30 miles way Explore
Lake Griffin State Park
Lake Griffin State Park
33 miles way Explore
Manatee Springs State Park
Manatee Springs State Park
44 miles way Explore
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
51 miles way Explore
O'Leno State Park
O'Leno State Park
54 miles way Explore
Hontoon Island State Park
Hontoon Island State Park
59 miles way Explore
Caladesi Island State Park
Caladesi Island State Park
61 miles way Explore
Blue Spring State Park
Blue Spring State Park
61 miles way Explore
Lake Louisa State Park
Lake Louisa State Park
61 miles way Explore
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Wekiwa Springs State Park
61 miles way Explore
Faver-Dykes State Park
Faver-Dykes State Park
71 miles way Explore
Hillsborough River State Park
Hillsborough River State Park
71 miles way Explore
Tomoka State Park
Tomoka State Park
75 miles way Explore
Fort Matanzas National Monument
Fort Matanzas National Monument
75 miles way Explore
Osceola National Forest
Osceola National Forest
77 miles way Explore
Castillo De San Marcos National Monument
Castillo De San Marcos National Monument
78 miles way Explore
Anastasia State Park
Anastasia State Park
79 miles way Explore
Cayo Costa State Park
Cayo Costa State Park
84 miles way Explore
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State...
84 miles way Explore
Lafayette Blue Springs State Park
Lafayette Blue Springs State Park
86 miles way Explore
Fort Caroline National Memorial
Fort Caroline National Memorial
96 miles way Explore
Alafia River State Park
Alafia River State Park
97 miles way Explore
Suwannee River State Park
Suwannee River State Park
97 miles way Explore
Canaveral National Seashore
Canaveral National Seashore
98 miles way Explore

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Property
Shady Grove Preserve
State
Florida
$30/night
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