FREE Camping in Florida- Boondocking in Florida National Forest
Whether you are camping in a tent, van, travel trailer or class A, it's hard to find free camping in Florida so here is a site we recently found in north central Florida. Keep reading below....
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Free camping in Florida is harder to find than Bigfoot, but there are a few spots if you know where to look. Even free overnighters at your usual go-to’s like Walmart are a rarity so I want to share with you a site we just stayed at in north central Florida near I-10 just outside of Lake City.
Osceola National Forest is located about an hour west of Jacksonville and a half hour northeast of Lake City. There is a first come first serve campground in the forest called Ocean Pond. It has various sites with a range of hookups from electric to water and primitive. It borders a small lake called ocean pond but is first come first serve. This is a decent campground if you can get in and want to spend about $12 a night (check the website for the latest prices). Since we are on a mission to boondock AKA dry camp as much as possible, we searched around and found a few hunting camps in the forest.
The one we decided to try out was Fire Tower West,(watch the video) down some dirt roads but for a free place to stay, it was well worth it.
There are several sites in the open area near the road where we decided to stay to take advantage of the sun for our solar panels. There is a single bathroom and outdoor cold-water shower, as well as an outdoor potable water faucet which we used to fill our fresh water tank. There are no dump stations onsite so be prepared to take your grey and black water with you.
If you have small USB charging devices there is a charging station as well.
Other than climbing the fire tower for some forest views there isn’t much to do right at the campground, but for a level place to park with access to water and for free camping, it was a score.
Reviews online do mention the dog kennel across the street which can be heard but I didn’t think it was as bad as people made it out to be. The other negative for us was the large number of gnats when we were there in April, but I guess that comes with the territory when you’re camping in the woods in Florida.
All and all this is a site I would stay at again when passing through but wouldn’t recommend as a destination campsite.
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Two months ago Hurricane Michael ripped through the Forgotten coast leaving behind a wake of devastation. Mexico City Beach seemed to have been hit the hardest and is still recovering (December 2018).
We stayed at Ho Hum RV Park which was a great way to relax. The RV Park is actually on the coast, it has a small beach, fishing pier, great wifi, decent nightly rates, propane service, and laundry. They do not offer refunds so make sure you only book the days you will be there!
Carrabelle, FL is a small coastal town rich with history. The town was heavily involved with trade of timber, cotton, and sea food, and hosted Camp Johnston where they trained for Normandy! This town is a little more touristy today but still produces cotton and timber.
Apalachicola National Forest is right next door, and is a great way to camp amongst palm trees and forest. The scenic drive through the area was one of the most peaceful and scenic national forests we have been to. They have recently reopened the roads to drive through this area as well.
St. George Island plays a crucial role in protecting Carrabelle, and the coast, historically and from hurricanes. It was much more effected by hurricane Michael, than Carrabelle but the island is recovering very quickly. Almost all of the businesses are opened and the homes are being restored. On the Eastern side of the island is a 9 mile stretch of unoccupied beach with some of the best sunrises and sunsets we have ever seen.
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