Last Updated June 28, 2022 6/28/2022

13 Best Places to Camp in Florida in Fall

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The fall season in Florida brings cooler temperatures and lower humidity, which is the perfect time to go on an overnight camping adventure. You can enjoy Florida’s stunning coastline and gorgeous natural landscapes at a quieter pace with days spent indulging in outdoor adventures before grilling your dinner, gazing up at the twinkling stars, and falling asleep to the sounds of rolling surf. With pleasant weather and scenic vistas, the best places to go camping in Florida are during autumn.

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St. Andrews State Park, Panama City Beach
St. Andrews State Park, Panama City Beach

St. Andrews State Park, Panama City Beach

One of the most beautiful parks in Florida, St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach, is nestled on one of Florida’s stunning barrier islands. With a landscape of soft, white beaches nestled amongst lush native flora, you can set up camp at one of the 176 sites for a chance to spend a weekend paddling around the Grand Lagoon, fishing off the pier, and hiking through the picturesque trails that wind through the park.

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Micanopy
Paynes Prairie

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Micanopy

While boasting untouched wilderness landscapes, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Micanopy is a designated National Natural Landmark. You can marvel at the wild horses and bison that roam the area and enjoy an afternoon of hiking, biking, and horseback riding through the scenic trails. A perfect place to take the kids, the campsites here are shaded and include a picnic table and grill to indulge in before you spend a night under the stars.

Hillsborough River State Park, Thonotosassa
Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park, Thonotosassa

If you’re looking for a picturesque weekend escape in the fall, head to Hillsborough River State Park in Thonotosassa near Tampa. Here you’ll find an impressive collection of Class II rapids that provide the perfect backdrop for a riverside picnic. A great spot to set up camp, you’ll be spoiled for choice with outdoor recreation, as it is the ideal spot to bring your bikes, hiking gear, and kayaks.

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota
Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

Get an authentic Florida experience at Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, where you’ll find three campgrounds with 90 campsites. Here you can explore over 50 square miles of wilderness preserve, including a mysterious “deep hole”. It’s possible to spot some of Florida’s most diverse wildlife in an array of ecosystems at this park.

Blue Springs State Park, Orange City
Blue Springs State Park, Orange City

Blue Springs State Park, Orange City

Blue Springs State Park in Orange City boasts 51 campsites within walking distance to the spring and is a perfect place to spot Florida’s famous gentle giant manatees roaming its waters in the winter. Walk along the pedestrian-friendly boardwalk to admire the beautiful creatures as they graze along the grass flats and soak in the tranquil ambiance around you for a weekend of laid-back camping.

Grayton Beach State Park, Santa Rosa Beach
Grayton Beach State Park, Santa Rosa Beach

Grayton Beach State Park, Santa Rosa Beach

One of Florida’s most beautiful state parks, Grayton Beach State Park, is between Panama City Beach and Destin. With sugar-white sands and turquoise waters, its lush pine forest provides the perfect backdrop for its variety of charming cabins and campsites. Dine on fresh oysters at one of the local seafood restaurants, or spend your afternoon exploring the area’s natural landscapes on a bike or kayak.

St. George Island State Park, St. George Island
St. George Island

St. George Island State Park, St. George Island

Located on the east end of the barrier island that wraps around Apalachicola Bay, you’ll find nine miles of pristine white sandy beaches at St. George Island State Park. A nature lover’s paradise with plenty of birdlife and scenic trails to explore, you can set up an overnight adventure at the campsites nestled near a canopy of pines and rolling dunes less than a quarter-mile from the beach.

Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine
Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine

Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine

A combination of beach, forest, and estuary, the campsites at Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine are tucked away under the shade of lush hardwoods and palmettos, where you’ll find easy access to the four-mile-long beach that is popular with surfers. Ride your bike on the beach, take a scenic walk through the trails, or spend your day out on the water paddleboarding, kayaking, and boating.

Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon
Rainbow Springs State Park

Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon

A historic park that dates back 10,000 years, Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon features the fourth largest spring in Florida. A great place to visit in the fall when the weather cools down, you’ll have your pick of outdoor activities to choose from before settling into the campsite area. Paddle through the moss-draped trees to spot river otters, hike the nature trails through shady gardens, or admire the cascading waterfall views against fall foliage.

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, Flagler Beach
Gamble Rogers Memorial Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, Flagler Beach

A beautiful beachside community between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, Flagler Beach is home to Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area – a 144-acre park that boasts beachfront and riverside camping. Let the waves lull you to sleep after a day of fishing, paddling, and hiking through the nature trail.

Lake Kissimmee State Park, Kissimmee
Lake Kissimmee State Park

Lake Kissimmee State Park, Kissimmee

Suppose you’re looking for a unique place to go camping and discover the rich history of Lake Kissimmee State Park. Here you can see Florida’s cowboy roots firsthand at an 1800s-era cow camp with live demonstrations. You’ll also be able to see authentic examples of life when cattle ranching was four-mile-long, in addition to enjoying the miles of hiking and equestrian trails.

Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna
Florida Caverns, Marianna

Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna

For the only guided tour of dry caves in Florida, head to Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna for a camping adventure the entire family will enjoy. You can admire the damp caves loaded with limestone stalagmites and stalactites dripping from its ceilings, go hiking the scenic trails, or paddle the Chipola River before retiring to your campsite.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Port St. Joe
T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Port St. Joe

Home to the beloved loggerhead turtles, St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Port St. Joe is a dream destination for nature lovers. With 10 miles of white sandy beach, the park’s campsites offer easy access to the Gulf and St. Joseph Bay waters, where you can go kayaking or canoeing. Relax on the pristine snow-white sand and soak up the combination of tranquil aqua-blue waters and colorful sunset views.

*Construction is underway due to damage from Hurricane Michael; however, the beach, marina, and trails are open on the southern portion of the park.

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