We just got our confirmation for a week at Juniper Springs Recreation Area in the Ocala National Forest. Our first choice was a week-long stay at Salt Springs, which has full hookups. However, that Natioanl Forest campground has no limits on stays. You can stay for six months without moving! Thus, snowbirds from up north come down with their rigs and stay for months at a time. It's a joke! Without limits they just laugh and pay the $20 a day fee for electric, water, and sewer. This prevents casual vacationers from getting a spot.
I asked the campground manager about just driving down and hoping for a shot at one of the non-reservable sites (first come-first served), but she told me 'lotsa luck". She said that generally speaking there were people waiting in line for a shot at such openings and they were filled within seconds of the previous tenant moving out.
So, not wanting to take a chance on not getting any kind of spot at all, we reserved a space at Juniper Springs--no hookups at all, but with our new Honda generator
that's not a problem.
I miss the pre-Reserve USA system. I enjoyed sending in one day's fee to reserve for four days to a week. I also don't care for one company monopolizing the system like that. In addition, they charge an extra processing fee we didn't have to pay in the past. If they weren't making anything from the Forest Services and State Park Systems, I could understand the extra fee. But I'm sure they're getting a cut of the initial fee, also.
Oh, well. There's nothing I can do about it.