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The ideal locations to camp in Florida's Panhandle are listed here, especially during the autumn and winter months, where there is abundant hiking, kayaking and beaches.

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Best Florida Camping This Season

Visit The Clandestine Shores Of Florida's Panhandle For Superb Camping Destinations Defined Here by 5 Must-See Florida State Parks.

Campsites at Three Rivers State Park with a lake view and RV or trailer spot [Photo Credit: Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com]

Editor's Note : This news item was retrieved through Sun Sentinel's website via Google.

Want to get outside even this winter? Florida campgrounds have exactly what you are looking for. Explore the southern state without the inconvenience of snow, on Florida's Panhandle, especially during the autumn and winter months. Five selected state parks prove a balanced taste of this "other" Florida, where "hills are higher than landfills, "real" trees decorate the horizon and the glistening sugar-sand beaches are on full display with their majestic dunes rolling gently to an emerald sea."

According to Bob Rountree of FloridaRambler.com, Fall and winter is the best time to camp in the Florida Panhandle. He names 5 state parks with camp sites to enjoy hiking, kayaking, beaches and getting away from it all." The first on the list is Suwannee River State Park, at the junction of two rivers, the scenic Withlacoochee River joining the Suwannee to continue its lazy journey to the Gulf of Mexico. A boat ramp in the park allows you to explore both rivers from a kayak, canoe or small motorboat. Next is Grayton Beach State Park, followed by Henderson Beach State Park, which has gravel-based campsites are more suited to RVs and cost $30 per night, plus tax and the $6.70 reservation fee. As in all state parks, water and electric are included. There are no cabins at this park. Next is Three Rivers State Park. Every one of the 30 campsites in Three Rivers State Park has at least a partial view of Lake Seminole, and the campground is set in a dense hardwood and pine forest of rolling hills and ravines. Then we have Torreya State Park, whose campground is on a high bluff above the Apalachicola River surrounded by deep ravines in a dense hardwood forest with a scattering of evergreens, including the dainty torreya tree, an endangered conifer found only on the high bluffs of the Apalachicola. All campgrounds in Florida state parks include water and electric, picnic tables and grills, or fire rings, as well as a dump station. Some sites also have clotheslines and lantern posts. Some parks have primitive campsites for backpackers with no amenities, although some offer potable water.

Read the full article at Sun Sentinel online.


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