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Where to camp in Central Florida in Nov/Dec/Jan?

Just moved to Central FL, just outside Orlando, and looking for tried-and-true camping locations for Nov/Dec/Jan. If anyone knows of any spots they recommend, I'd love to try and get something booked soon!

Also, the Winter Park REI in Orlando needs to get some events going - this is some of the best weather Florida gets!

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Hi @MacD - Thanks for reaching out! I'm not local to the Orlando area, but have spent some time roaming around there in the fall. The springs in the area have always been a favorite of mine for camping destinations, especially during the cooler weather you're talking about. Silver Springs State Park and Rainbow Springs State Park are both really interesting spots that I suggest looking into. 

Hopefully some other Floridians will weigh in here as well! @toddmac, do you have any recommendations to share? 

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This is great, thank you @REI-CarterC! I'll check those out and see if there are any convenient openings coming up.

Hopefully the REI in Orlando gets more engaged to bring members out during one of the best times of year in FL!

Hey @MacD! I guess I'm almost a year late to respond here but I'm new to the forum area. Colt Creek State park has some great primitive camping sites. Myakka River State park does too. I haven't tried Ocala National Forest yet but it's on my short list for this season. Hope you had some good camping this year.

Welcome to central Florida! If you're OK with about 90 minutes on I-4, Hillsborough River State Park near Tampa is gorgeous! The main campground has restrooms and hot showers available; there's also a primitive campground if you prefer that. Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont is also very nice and has a lot of trails if you enjoy hiking. 

Pack your bug spray; mosquitos are here pretty much year round! 

Hillsborough River State Park has some great trails! They're categorized as "moderate" difficulty but all that really means is there are some tiny hills and a lot of tree roots in places, so watch your footing while you're enjoying the gorgeous river view... 


Late to the discussion, new to the forum. We have paddle camped along the Suwannee River and there is also a hiking trail along it as well. Several very nice camps all along the river.

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