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Named after the famous Floridian folk singer, Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area is a wonderful destination for water-loving outdoor enthusiasts. Located at Flagler Beach, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other, this pretty little park offers great fishing, paddling, surfing, and swimming opportunities.
It's also home to two peaceful campgrounds and a total of 68 campsites, so it's a lovely spot to set up camp for a few nights or more in a rental RV. Keep reading to find out how to get the most out of your visit to this excellent state park.
With water to the east and to the west, Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area is all about watersports. For some campers, the best way to enjoy the park's enviable location is to pack a fishing rod.
You can either cast a line from the riverbank on the western edge of the park, or head east to the sandy beach and fish from the shore. Fish species caught in the park include flounder, whiting, red drum, and more. If you're lucky, you'll get to enjoy some freshly caught fish cooked up on your campsite grill.
If you'd prefer something a little more active, perhaps you'd like to take a kayak out on the Intracoastal Waterway. Single kayaks and tandem kayaks and canoes are available for rent from the ranger station and can be launched from the boat ramp or a nearby sandy spot. Once you set out for a paddle, keep your eyes peeled for some of the local wildlife — from beautiful native birdlife to manatees and dolphins, there's plenty to see.
When the mercury rises, another favorite pastime for campers at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area is swimming. There's around half a mile of beach where you can wade into the water and cool off, but take note that there's no lifeguard on duty. Surfing is also popular here, so feel free to bring a board along if you have one.
The beach itself is a great spot to go for a stroll or just stretch out and catch some sun. Keep an eye peeled for frolicking dolphins. If you're visiting between late spring and early fall, you might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a beautiful sea turtle coming ashore to lay her eggs.
If you want to go motorhome camping at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach, rent a camper in Flagler County and then reserve a site in one of the park's two campgrounds. There are 68 sites to choose from: 34 sites are located on the beach's main dune, and the remaining 34 sites overlook the river.
All sites have water and electrical hookups as well as their own picnic table and fire ring. Many sites offer wonderful ocean views. Several sites in both campgrounds are designed to be accessible to people with disabilities. The maximum RV length permitted in the beach campground is 47 feet.
A dump station is available, while each campground has its own restrooms and showers. The camper lending library is a very handy resource if you're traveling with kids.
Finally, pets are allowed in the campground, but not on the beach, and must stay on a leash of six feet or shorter.
When you're ready to bring your Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area RV camping adventure to an end, there's no need to rush home straight away. There are stacks of great attractions to be found nearby, so why not take a detour or two?
If you like all things fast and furious, you'll no doubt want to make the 18-mile drive south to Daytona Beach to check out the Daytona International Speedway.
If you'd rather keep exploring the Florida state parks system, Bulow Creek State Park, known for its hiking trails and beautiful forest, is just over 10 minutes away.
Of course, if you'd rather make a beeline for a big city, Orlando is less than an hour and a half from the park. While you're there, you simply have to take the kids to Disney World and maybe some of the city's other great theme parks as well.
Gamble Rogers may be a small park, but the list of attractions in and around the park is huge. So book a motorhome near Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.