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.
- Check in: After 10AM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off