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Old 01-06-2014, 09:17 AM   #15
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As CindyL said, you might want to try the camping too at Collier-Seminole State Park about 10 miles east of Marco Island. Be prepared for bugs, however! The canoes are $5 for an hour rental. We went out 2 hours and only went about halfway out to the estuary in the channel. Lots to do in the Naples/Marco Island area and it's very mild with temps in the 70s most days.
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:34 AM   #16
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What Ron said about the temperature is true. We came back from New Orleans recently and I was cold one night. checked the temp and it was 50 degrees, I thought it was much colder. We enjoyed our electric space heater that night.

Our north dry cold is just much different.

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Old 01-06-2014, 10:35 AM   #17
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Am in South Georgia and the cold is just hitting here. The good news is it will last only a couple of days then warm up. Still not balmy tho! Plenty of camping in the state parks here on the way south. I'm headed for Venice and was lucky to get in at Oscar Scherer SP for a few days. Everyplace I tried further south was booked - you just have to keep checking.
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:47 AM   #18
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Without reservations this time of year, finding a camp site at the state and federal parks can be a problem. But, most of the state parks hold at least one site as a walk-in, which means that it cannot be reserved. But, you need to be lucky and be there when the gates open in the morning and the current camper has to be leaving. Once you occupy a walk-in you can stay for 14 days.

The campgrounds nearer the coasts are more difficult to get in. Inland is easier, but those are often more distant from grocery stores, etc.. We've camped at Gold Head SP in Keystone Heights (about 30 miles east of Gainesville) and there have always been open sites when we were there.

Salt Springs Recreation Area in the Ocala National Forest is a federal park with full hookups. They divide the trailer sites, with 1/2 reserveable and 1/2 non-reserveable. So, there's a chance that you can find an walk-in there, but if you don't, there's always dry camping in the forest nearby.

A note on the Florida weather. 40 - 50 degrees F can feel pretty chilly down here. The dampness reaches right to the bones. We try to get as far south in the state as possible during January, then gradually work our way back north as the weather warms up.

Good luck and safe travels
We have been looking for a camping site in a Florida State park (South of Orlando) since early November . We have found sites but the sites were only available for one or two days during the week (NO weekends) . The SP sites in the Florida Keys are almost impossible to find . I called the State of Florida about the availability of sites in the Florida Keys and was told to forget about this Winter and try to reserve a site for 2015 . The parks in the Florida Panhandle had sites available as of two weeks ago but the weather is cooler there than in Southern Florida. We are looking at going to Southern Georgia , not as warm as Southern Florida but they have sites available for periods of a week or more.
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:54 PM   #19
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State campgrounds are usually nowhere near full in the winter here in the Florida Panhandle. Be warned, however, it can get quite cold here; we're expecting lows in the mid-teens tonight and tomorrow night. That's very unusual, but does happen. In a few days it could be near 70.
Here are some old reviews I did of some Panhandle campgrounds. Like said earlier, most of the state parks are very nice.

Blackwater River State Park and State Forest
Topsail and Grayton Beach State Parks - in Florida Panhandle
What A Difference A Month Makes (Gulf State Park, Alabama)
And if you're active or retired military or Dept. of Defense civilian, you can stay at the beautiful Blue Angel park: Blue Angel Park - Perdido Bay, Florida
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:21 PM   #20
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Steve; we are wintering on Jekyll Island GA. There are others from Wisconsin here for the winter also. A couple Casitas and a Scamp were here for a while. We could use some fiberglass reinforcements here as most of the snowbirds have big motor homes and 5th wheel campers. All nice people here, maybe just a couple snooty ones. We spent a couple weeks in Florida in late November, Henderson, Ft. DeSoto, Gamble Rogers, and Sebastian Inlet. All nice, but the only one far enough south is Ft DeSoto. Like Ray says it has been unusually cold in this area and more rain than we experienced last year, but there have been many nice days too. We have debated looking for a campground farther south, but like it here and hope the crazy weather will settle down. Beats the snow and cold of upstate NY. We have our site reserved here through February.
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Steve; we are wintering on Jekyll Island GA. There are others from Wisconsin here for the winter also. A couple Casitas and a Scamp were here for a while. We could use some fiberglass reinforcements here as most of the snowbirds have big motor homes and 5th wheel campers. All nice people here, maybe just a couple snooty ones. We spent a couple weeks in Florida in late November, Henderson, Ft. DeSoto, Gamble Rogers, and Sebastian Inlet. All nice, but the only one far enough south is Ft DeSoto. Like Ray says it has been unusually cold in this area and more rain than we experienced last year, but there have been many nice days too. We have debated looking for a campground farther south, but like it here and hope the crazy weather will settle down. Beats the snow and cold of upstate NY. We have our site reserved here through February.
I am looking at going back to Crooked Lake SP near St Marys Ga .I found the Georgia State Parks to be very nice and the Georgia SP personnel to be extremely friendly and helpful They acted like they really wanted out of state visitors unlike some of the neighboring states. We had 24 below zero this morning with 45 below wind chills and I am ready for a change of scenery unfortunately my wife is not ! After 44 years of marriage I know where the power lies. Hopefully she will thaw out soon and change her mind before Spring
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:05 PM   #22
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Steven,
For a very interesting day adventure from Crooked River State Park, may I suggest Cumberland Island National Seashore... Cumberland Island National Seashore (U.S. National Park Service)
If you want more information about it, please let me know!
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We did one night at Crooked River on our way to Jekyll from Henderson Beach. Did the trip to Cumberland several years ago.
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-50 this morning with the wind chill. It hasn't been much above -35 since November. Didn't make it last year, but we're headed for Florida within the week. I'm looking for good information sources for Florida camping. Don't have to be on the water, or even a coast. Dry camping just fine. It seems that there are a wide array of agencies that may have camping sites, right down to historic sites. I welcome any links, or location suggestions.

This might sound really dumb but... Are you all staying in the campers while traveling in the cold weather, or do you stay in motels until you get to warmer weather? I assume you all have heaters, if so...How do they keep up with the cold temps. I'm planning on getting the furnace installed later this summer so I can extend my fall camping. I don't like being cold at night. What size propane tanks do you have, and do you have one or two tanks?
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:39 AM   #25
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Hi Maryann,

We use a three pronged approach. We are often out hiking or sightseeing during the day and if the trailer is cold when we return, I fire up the furnace and turn on the electric blanket. After the trailer gets warm I shut off the furnace.


If it cools down too much at night, we have a small electric heater that we can run.

As for propane, we have 2 twenty pound tanks.

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We'll stay in hotels until it gets above freezing at night. The propane furnace will handle the cold, but the condensation gets excessive at really cold temps. We'll also leave the systems winterized until we get to the warmth. 2 x 20 lb propane. We also have an electric heater when we have shore power.
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:38 AM   #27
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We too have 2......20# propane tanks. We use a small electric heater when hooked to a power source and the propane when no electric available.

We will also wait till temps rise above freezing before camping out in our scamp..............until then it's motel time.

Florida here we come!
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Here's our list of places we've stayed. We've liked them all and loved a few:

1. Collier-Seminole outside of Naples and on the westernmost edge of the Everglades.
2. Ft. deSoto outisde of St. Petersburg on Mullett Bay - sites on water and on inland side - note that if you travel with a pet you cannot stay on the waterfront sites. This is to date our FAVORITE Florida campground.
3. Manatee Springs in the mid-gulf coastal area. No waterfront campsites, but a beautiful spring full of manatees when the water in the Gulf and Suwannee River are cold. The river but no the spring run can be paddled in winter while the manatees are wintering in the spring.
4. Salt Springs in the Ocala National Forest. Nothing on the water, but the spring is a great place to pass the time and the water is in the 70's so you can wade/swim if you want. Haven't seen manatees but have been told they find their way to the spring. This is the only NFS park in the Ocala with full hook-ups including both black and grey water dump right at the site. It's unique in that they have set stainless steel sinks into the ground so you have water and dump with no splash. Pretty cool idea I wish others would adopt.
5. Anastasia SP outside St. Augustine. On the coast but not on the water, but you can still hear the sound of the waves from many of the campsites. There is much to explore both north and south of the park besides the always lovely and busy city itself. Parks such as Washington Oaks and Ft. Matanzas are terrific day trips and don't miss the wildlife refuge north of St. Augustine...it is AWESOME at sunset. (think Serengheti). The tent sites in this park are every bit as big and nice as those determined to be RV sites so don't hesitate to take one if it's available. I believe they keep a number as walk-ins, but you have to be ready to snap it up if it's available.
6. Favre Dykes south and inland of St. Augustine. This is a forested park although there is access to the river at the boat launch that takes you through the marsh (we have not paddled that yet)
7. Highlands Hammock SP outside of Sebring and home of the annual Scamp Camp in early Feb. Great mid-state park where you can still see orange groves. The volunteers at this park are marvelous and there is wi-fi inluded in the price that reaches most of the campsites. The caveat is that it can be slow on a rainy night when many peeps are inside instead of outside.

On a personal note, this is a great time for the Everglades. Besides Collier-Seminole SP there are a handful of NFS parks throughout the Glades. We are considering a stay at Midway in the park. It has site electric, community water and bathroom/showers available. Some of the others only offer the bathhouse, community water and no electric. There is SOOOO much to do in the Glades that a week can go by and you feel as if you have barely scratched the surface.

We're looking forward to our first ever stay on the Keys after Scamp Camp this year. It only took Mr. Man online with 6 windows open on 2 computers for two weeks every single morning at 8:00 am sharp to snag a site that turned out to be the only tent site they'll allow a 16 footer on at Big Pine Key on the Atlantic side.

Have a great time...maybe our paths will cross in Feb/March.

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