or better yet the "Suwannee Sheratons"
"the bride" and I just got back from a three day, three night camping trip on the Suwannee River in north Florida.
We were advised to try the state of Florida's paddle in campsites which we did, and were absolutely amazed at what they had to offer. All three nights we stayed in three different ones and each was a carbon copy of the first.
I have always enjoyed rustic camping and roughing it, and if you are sold on that type of camping, don't stay at one of these. You just might change your mind!
A lot of the Suwannee has high bluffs on both sides, so for starters, they have a large dock with a small sandy beach to pull your boat up onto. They then have carts with balloon tires that you load all your gear in and then pull them up five foot wide ramps that have switchbacks until you reach the top of the bluff.
You then pull the cart along a concrete walk way to your 16' x 16' square wooden platform (there are five of them), that has a roof and is completely screened in. It has an overhead fan and a light, and there is an electrical outlet. Each platform has it's own water spigot out side, a picnic table and a fire ring ( with switched flood lights).
In addition there is a humongous dining/ gathering center with picnic tables, (if you had a large group).
There are restrooms with hot showers, and if you walk to them after dark there are motion sensor lights that light up the walk as you go.
There is a camp host who offers fire wood, and is available for any help you need.
All this is absolutely FREE. (at the present time). Thank you state of Florida!
You can make prior reservations which we did, or you can take a chance on getting a site.
Our first night we were the only ones there. Our second night there was one other young couple that we had met earlier on the river who said that they preferred wilderness camping. They stopped by to check it out and after checking it out changed their minds and stayed!
Then on the third night we had that one all to ourselves
Oh by the way, the river trip was marvelous!
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Yep--Sounds like roughing it, alright.|
Posted by: spiritboat on Oct-19-13 9:47 PM (EST)
The least they could do is provide some kind of electric winch or something to automatically pull your gear cart up to the "campsites";-
Will try again next year|
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-19-13 10:36 PM (EST)
Posted by: ppine on Oct-20-13 12:45 PM (EST)
Your post brings up some interesting points. Those ammenities are not why I go paddling. In the West, most good campsites are sand bars on the inside of river bends. We go where ever we want and have no neighbors, or reservations. There is usually room for folding chairs and at least one portable table to cook on. We bring coolers for fresh food. Compared to backpacking it is very comfortable, and comparable to most car camping trips.
These camp sites are not in the upper..|
Posted by: JackL on Oct-20-13 1:52 PM (EST)
60 miles of the Suwannee, which I consider the most beautiful and pristene portion.
Florida is an amazing place to |
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-20-13 9:05 PM (EST)
Sheesh, 8? You have a Minnesota 8? |
Posted by: g2d on Nov-04-13 5:48 PM (EST)
Posted by: Kudzu on Oct-20-13 3:51 PM (EST)
That sounds fantastic. And free!
It made us think of the other end|
Posted by: JackL on Oct-20-13 4:52 PM (EST)
of the spectrum.
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-20-13 7:53 PM (EST)
and only the men get hot showers in the ADK's. Honestly I don't know what the maintenance guys do or do not do. At Meadowbrook there was a full campground and one shower working for women. Men got twice as much.
Could be worse|
Posted by: pikabike on Oct-20-13 11:35 PM (EST)
The shower machine only accepts tokens, purchased from the park office that closes at 4:30 pm or whatever.
Posted by: pikabike on Oct-20-13 11:28 PM (EST)
You had me at the roofed, screened-in platforms. The rest sounds great, too.
more on the way|
Posted by: RedCrossRandy on Oct-25-13 1:10 PM (EST)
I saw on a river map we got from the ranger at Stephen Foster State Park that Florida is planning to build more of these sites about every 10-15 miles apart, including up to the Okeefenokee...
Next year, join us after the race|
Posted by: JackL on Oct-25-13 2:13 PM (EST)
Even if they are not built, there are a zillion beautiful white sand or up on a bluff wilderness sites.
I love the Suwannee and have |
Posted by: string on Oct-25-13 7:43 PM (EST)
visited the 'campsites'. Very nice.
Hey I meant to send you a thank you note|
Posted by: JackL on Oct-26-13 5:09 AM (EST)
when we got home.
You are welcome Jack. Glad you |
Posted by: string on Nov-04-13 5:04 PM (EST)
YOU'RE WELCOME, JACK|
Posted by: scupperfrank on Oct-29-13 7:40 AM (EST)
They're really NOT "free"... But I sure as heck AM surprised there're no user fees attached. Sure hope this doesn't get the attention of the guv...
Good point, Frank|
Posted by: sissy103 on Nov-04-13 5:21 PM (EST)
As a Florida tax payer, I also know they are not "free."
Posted by: sloopsailor on Nov-04-13 6:16 PM (EST)
And, it protects the wilderness area! Sure is nice since fire ants in a tent would not be fun!