Nearly one-third of Florida's 175 State Parks have campgrounds. And, although Florida has one of the best state park systems and some of the finest state park camping in the country, campgrounds do differ.  Each offers different amenities and things to do that you might enjoy. So, we have made it easier for you to choose by rating the best Florida State Parks for camping.

Only those Florida State Parks where we have personally camped are included in these ratings. Each time we camp at another Florida State Park we will add that to our ratings. We have included one county park campground as well and it is noted as such in the ratings.

Because we are avid campers we used categories that are important to us but that we think would also be important to you. Each category is rated 1 to 5 Camper Trailers. The category ratings are then totaled for an overall score.

Campsites- size, amount of shade, distance from neighbors
Facilities - bathroom condition, location of the dump station
Things to Do - hiking, biking, paddling, other in the Park
Wildlife- abundance, different types
Friendliness - Campers, Hosts, Rangers
Overall - Atmosphere and Environment

Let the ratings of the best Florida State Parks for camping begin!

#7 Lake Manatee State Park
Bradenton, FL
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Campsites

3 rating (1)

Facilities

4 rating (1)

Things to Do

3 rating (1)

Wildlife

3 rating (1)

Friendliness

3 rating (1)

Overall

3 and a half

Total Camper Trailers - 19.5


#6 Oscar Scherer State Park
Osprey, FL
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Campsites

3 rating (1)

Facilities

3 and a half

Things to Do

3 and a half

Wildlife

3 and a half

Friendliness

3 rating (1)

Overall

3 and a half

Total Camper Trailers - 20


#5 Lake Griffin State Park
Fruitland Park, FL
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Campsites

2 and a half (1)

Facilities

4 and a half (1)

Things to Do

2 rating (1)

Wildlife

4 and a half (1)

Friendliness

4 rating (1)

Overall

3 rating (1)

Total Camper Trailers - 20.5


Tied for #3 Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Hobe Sound, FL
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Campsites

2 and a half (1)

Facilities

3 and a half

Things to Do

5 Rating (1)

Wildlife

4 rating (1)

Friendliness

3 rating (1)

Overall

4 rating (1)

Total Camper Trailers - 22


Tied for #3 Myakka River State Park
Sarasota, FL
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Campsites

3 rating (1)

Facilities

3 rating (1)

Things to Do

4 rating (1)

Wildlife

5 Rating (1)

Friendliness

3 rating (1)

Overall

4 rating (1)

Total Camper Trailers - 22


#2 Fort De Soto Campground
Tierra Verde, FL (Pinellas County Park)
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Campsites

3 rating (1)

Facilities

3 and a half

Things to Do

5 Rating (1)

Wildlife

3 rating (1)

Friendliness

3 rating (1)

Overall

5 Rating (1)

Total Camper Trailers - 22.5


#1 Hillsborough River State Park
Thonotosassa, FL
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Campsites

4 and a half (1)

Facilities

3 and a half

Things to Do

4 and a half (1)

Wildlife

4 and a half (1)

Friendliness

5 Rating (1)

Overall

5 Rating (1)

Total Camper Trailers - 27

Best Florida State Park Campground Category Awards

Best Campsites - Hillsborough River State Park

Best Facilities - Lake Griffin State Park

Best Things to Do - Jonathan Dickinson State Park & Hillsborough River State Park

Most Wildlife - Myakka River State Park

Most Friendly - Hillsborough River State Park

Best Overall Atmosphere - Fort De Soto Campground & Hillsborough River State Park

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