Located in the state of Florida, Lake Griffin State Park is a short distance from the cities of Leesburg and Ocala, making it a convenient destination for a motorhome camping trip. While the park’s main claim to fame is a 400-year old live oak tree, there is so much more to explore on the 620-acre large state park that boasts of a range of outdoor activities. On the outskirts of Fruitland Park, the city serves as the gateway to this state park, and you’ll want to book an RV in Lake County to explore the park and its surrounding areas.
Historically, Native Americans used the area occupied by the park for thousands of years for fishing and hunting, while more recent dwellers included white settlers who set up the town of Fruitland Park. Today, visitors can make use of the many amenities available while camping at Lake Griffin State Park.
The state park is home to Lake Griffin, which also happens to be the eighth largest lake in Florida and a paradise for anglers. The lake connects to the Ocklawaha River and is ideal for boating, canoeing, kayaking and of course, fishing, in addition to hiking, nature viewing and geo-seeking. Camping with an RV here is convenient, as you’ll have access to these recreational activities with ease.
Lake Griffin has an abundance of crappie, catfish, and bass, making it a popular fishing spot for anglers. There are options for ramp or shore fishing as well as boat fishing. The ramp is wheelchair accessible as well. The best spot for fishing is between the boat ramp and Lake Griffin. Remember to have the necessary fishing permits to fish here, especially for non-Florida residents.
Hiking trails are a great way to explore the geographical diversity of the park. Try the half-mile-long nature trail that goes through a portion of the swamp leading to the mighty Oak tree near the entrance to the park. Acclaimed as the second oldest Oak tree in the state of Florida, it gets a lot of attention. The trail is interesting as it has lots of signs with information of the ecosystem of the park.
Canoeing or kayaking down the lake is a relaxing outdoor activity to indulge in on your state park RV camping trip. There are options to rent canoes and kayaks at the park, or you can carry your own. Canoe trips are a great way to explore the marsh ecosystem and observe the surrounding wildlife. You may even opt for guided canoe or kayak eco-tours of the Dead River that leads to Lake Griffin.
Camping at Lake Griffin State Park
Lake Griffin State Park camping areas are equipped with pull-thru sites, big rig access, full hookups, 30 and 50 AMP electric service, picnic tables, campfire grills, a dump station, sewers, and water. The campsites are good to accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. Amenities here include restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, and picnic shelters. For the kids, there is a Bedtime Story Camper Lending Library filed with camper books that you can borrow. Also, there’s plenty of room for them to run around, play, and wear themselves out. Pets are welcome in designated areas of the park, so don't forget to bring Barrett.
If you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Lake Griffin State Park, try Three Flags RV Campground in Wildwood, just about 20 minutes from the park. It’s a large site that’s equipped with full hookups, pull-thru sites, big rig access, a dump station, water spigot, and 30 and 50 AMP electric service. The campground area also has cottages, cabins, and yurts available for rent. Restrooms, showers, and good cell phone coverage make this a popular camping site in the area. For recreation, there’s a pool to splash around in, outdoor courts, biking, and mini-golf.
Another option not too far from Lake Griffin State Park is the Southern Palms RV Resort in neighboring Eustis. This massive campsite is for RVs only, with pull-thru sites, full hookups, electricity, sewers, water, and good cell phone coverage. Restrooms, showers, and laundry are available. There’s a library, swimming pool, and clubhouse for recreation. Pets are welcome at the site, though must be leashed.
Exploring the Area
There is plenty to explore in the areas surrounding Lake Griffin State Park. Once you’ve spent enough time exploring the park, a short drive away in your rental RV is the historic city of Leesburg. Check out the historic Downtown area, teeming with old buildings, shops, art galleries, eateries, and breweries. The Leesburg Heritage Museum houses artifacts from the town’s 150+ year legacy. For architecture lovers, stop by the Mote-Morris House known for its beautiful Victorian architecture, as well as the Bourlay Park’s Cracker House and gardens.
Located in Lake County, Leesburg is a great place to enjoy the waterways. The Venetian Gardens is a Leesburg gem, located on Lake Harris. With a swimming pool, bathhouse, baseball stadium, volleyball court, walking paths, and nature trails, it’s a great place to spend the day out in the sun.
The town of Leesburg has a very active community that is known for organizing events through the year, so if you time your visit to a festival or holiday, you’re sure to witness a whole lot of community fun in the form of parades, gatherings, and festivals of various kinds. Try out some great southern food while you’re in this historic city, and don’t forget to take those priceless photos with the family!