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Old 01-14-2018, 05:55 PM   #15
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We've camped there for the past 2 years, and are headed back in March. Florida residents get preference for booking campsites - the rest of us can only book 6 months in advance. We love it there.
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:03 AM   #16
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We've camped there for the past 2 years, and are headed back in March. Florida residents get preference for booking campsites - the rest of us can only book 6 months in advance. We love it there.
Not sure where “we’ve camped there” is, but Florida residents DO NOT get preference for booking at State Parks. It is 11 months in advance for everyone. Florida residents over 65 only pay half price to camp in State Parks. And Fort DeSoto does not give preference to Florida Residents, only to Pinellas County residents. It is a county park. Fortunately, my daughter lives in Pinellas County. Unfortunately, I have no desire to camp that close to home (I live in a neighboring county). I doubt any of the private campgrounds differentiate between residents and non-residents as their biggest concern is $.
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:53 AM   #17
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Hi Sue. Welcome to the forum. We winter in Apollo Beach with my sister and her husband. They have a Scamp 13. We have a Casita 17. My brother has an Oliver. (19ft). When we camp together we look like a fiberglass version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears! Hope to see you "on the road" sometime!
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Old 01-15-2018, 06:35 AM   #18
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Not sure where “we’ve camped there” is, but Florida residents DO NOT get preference for booking at State Parks. It is 11 months in advance for everyone. Florida residents over 65 only pay half price to camp in State Parks. And Fort DeSoto does not give preference to Florida Residents, only to Pinellas County residents. It is a county park. Fortunately, my daughter lives in Pinellas County. Unfortunately, I have no desire to camp that close to home (I live in a neighboring county). I doubt any of the private campgrounds differentiate between residents and non-residents as their biggest concern is $.
You are right. I was referring to Ft. DeSoto. It IS a Pinellas County park. County residents, not FL residents, have first choice for reserving sites. Apologies for the misinformation.

It is a wonderful place to camp.
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:59 AM   #19
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Highland Hammock is a FL State Park. In MI we can purchase a State Park (Recreation Area) annual pass and it entitles us to visit any MI State Parks. I'm guessing FL might do the same? Your National America the Beautiful Pass is not honored in most State Parks. I'm sure you can purchase a daily pass for HH and stay all day. They're not that expensive.

Dogs are definitely welcome as long as they are on a leash. There are a couple trails they are not allowed, but most places are fine. As you know FL is about the most dog-friendly state in the Union. H.H. is a nice park. I believe it is the oldest in the FL S.P. system.

If you come during Scamp Camp, come visit us at site 138. My wife just finished making new curtains for ours.

https://www.floridastateparks.org/pa...hlands-Hammock

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Old 01-16-2018, 06:01 AM   #21
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We've camped there for the past 2 years, and are headed back in March. Florida residents get preference for booking campsites - the rest of us can only book 6 months in advance. We love it there.
Do you stay for the whole season?
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You are right. I was referring to Ft. DeSoto. It IS a Pinellas County park. County residents, not FL residents, have first choice for reserving sites. Apologies for the misinformation.

It is a wonderful place to camp.
No apology to me necessary!

It is, quite possibly, one of the top three places to camp in Florida. I’ve been there many times, though not camping. As I said, I see no point in camping an hour away from home (unless it was the location of a rally I wanted to attend).
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:48 PM   #23
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What are the others in your top 3 list?
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Old 01-16-2018, 02:47 PM   #24
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BTW

By the way, Sue, we will be in site #47 at Scamp Camp at Highlands Hammock State Park. Stop by. When my sister reserved her site, just down from us, she wanted a tent site. So she called the campground to ask if they could reserve a tent site for a 13' Scamp. They said sure, just reserve it as "tent" not "trailer." Good to know I think.
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What are the others in your top 3 list?
Bahia Honda, in the Keys, though I do not know how well it survived Irma and Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland. There are, however, several State Parks that could compete with Manatee Springs for #3.

O’leno, due to its proximity to Ichetucknee Springs-
Blackwater River or Top Sail in the Panhandle-
Favor Dykes or Anastasia on the east coast near St. Augustine-
Highlands Hammock in Sebring-
Oscar Scherer near Venice-

NOTE: Both Highlands Hammock and O’leno were constructed by the CCC
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Bahia Honda, in the Keys, though I do not know how well it survived Irma and Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland. There are, however, several State Parks that could compete with Manatee Springs for #3.

O’leno, due to its proximity to Ichetucknee Springs-
Blackwater River or Top Sail in the Panhandle-
Favor Dykes or Anastasia on the east coast near St. Augustine-
Highlands Hammock in Sebring-
Oscar Scherer near Venice-

NOTE: Both Highlands Hammock and O’leno were constructed by the CCC
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Do you stay for the whole season?
Maximum stay is 14 nights. I guess some folks stay 2 weeks, leave for a few days, and then manage to get another 2 weeks...some others don't have 14 nights in the same site, so they move around. We were lucky for the past 2 years, and had a large, secluded site in the "pet friendly" section. This year we will have 13 nights in a smaller site. I'm looking forward to warmer weather - in 6 weeks!
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Hi Sue. And Country Grace neglected to mention one lone LilSnoozie too.
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