Winter Camping in Florida & Georgia

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One of the perks to living near Kings Bay is that the weather is nice year round for outdoor activities. Winter is actually a great time to go camping in Florida and Georgia. In fact, winter is the main camping season for some of the areas in southern Florida. Below are some winter camping areas of interest for those stations near Kings Bay.

Farther Away

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If you have a little bit of time to go camping, explore some of these areas in southern Florida:

1. Florida Keys: the Florida Keys are about an 8 hour drive from Kings Bay, but you will find a many outdoor activities in the Keys during the winter. Winter is a peak camping time. However, many camp grounds on the Keys might feel a little like a “parking lot”, with few trees between campgrounds. Some things to do down in Key West include visiting the southernmost point of the continental US, visiting the Key West Lighthouse and you can even book a site through NAS Key West. If you are feeling adventurous while down in that area, explore the Dry Tortugas.

2. Everglades: The Florida Everglades are located about 6.5 hours from Kings Bay. The Everglades National Park has lots to offer those who enjoy the outdoors, including camping, hiking, boating and much more.  There are camping spots available inside the park or at nearby Big Cyprus National Preserve.

3. Springs: There are multiple natural springs found throughout the Nature Coast. Located about 2.5-3.5 hours from Kings Bay, explore some state parks such as Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, Crystal River State Park, Rainbow Springs State Park or Silver Springs State Park. Not all of these state parks offer camping, but there are plenty of private campgrounds that can be found in the area. A common activity is to go see the manatees during the winter.

Weekend Trips

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If you are looking to stay a little closer to home, there are plenty of areas in Florida and Georgia that have winter camping opportunities.

1. Amelia Island: Fort Clinch on Amelia Island offers two campgrounds. You can explore the fort, search for shark teeth, and hike multiple trails throughout this small park.

2. Crooked River State Park: Located a stone’s throw from Kings Bay, Crooked River State Park offers winter camping and boating activities.

3. Cumberland Island National Seashore: If you want an adventure closer to home, pack up your backpack, take a ferry, and spend a night camping out at Cumberland Island. Cumberland Island offers different camping areas. All are tent camping and you need to hike/bike in and out of the area.

4. Blythe Island: Located just 45 minutes north of Kings Bay, Blythe Island Regional Park offers all seasons camping. This campground offers outdoor activities, a playground for kids, and plenty of boating and fishing opportunities.

Where are some of your favorite winter camping spots near Kings Bay? Comment below and share with others.

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