By Kevin Mims

Whether you’re looking to rough it or camp in style, Florida has you covered. Primitive sites, tent sites and big-rig friendly RV sites offering spectacular views, easy access to award-winning trails and out-of-this-world natural features dot the entire state.

Put these five locations at the top of your must-try list for camping in Florida:

The Everglades

Want to see an extraordinary array of wildlife and sample a variety of ecosystems? It doesn’t get any better than this 1.5 million-acre subtropical and tropical habitat, which is home to a mile-long list of different plant and animal species. Just make sure to set up camp in the winter months when there are fewer bugs. Both front-country and back-country campgrounds are located throughout the park.

2. Gulf Islands National Seashore


If you’re looking to primitive camp on an undeveloped, blindingly white beach, this is the spot for you. Get off the grid at your own private paradise at the eastern end of Perdido Key. Or head to the Fort Pickens Campground (RVs and tents) for a more modern site with water and electric hookups.

3. Fort Clinch State Park

Fernandina Beach

History buffs and nature lovers alike flock to Fort Clinch for its outdoor activities and daily reenactments of garrison life. Bring mountain bikes – the off-road trails here are some of the best in the state. And why not hunt for shark’s teeth along the beach that’s close to the Amelia River Campground area?

4. Ocala National Forest

Silver Springs

For an unforgettable springs-hopping adventure, set up camp at one of the forest’s recreation areas where multiple freshwater springs are within an easy drive of one another. Take your pick – Juniper, Alexander, Salt and Silver Glen springs are all incredible places to cool off.

5. Bahia Honda State Park

The Florida Keys

For many, the best way to experience the Florida Keys is on a camping trip. Visit Bahia Honda State Park for excellent tent and RV camping in Florida accompanied by stunning views of the crystalline blue water. Simply put, this is paradise, and you won’t be eager to break camp and resume your normal routine.

More Florida Camping Fun

For more information about Florida's great RV campsites, check out the Camp Florida website.

Here's where you can check out all of Florida's State Parks to find one -- or the ones -- that are a perfect fit for you.