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Silver River State Park, FL

1294 RV rentals

RV camping at Silver River State Park will give you access to approximately 5,000 acres of state park land to explore. While motorhome camping here, you’ll be in the north-central area of Florida’s panhandle, between Ocala and Ocala National Forest, and about 40 miles south of Gainesville. One of the easiest ways to see the area is to book an RV in Marion County. Just be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen to help shield you from the Florida sun.

Silver River State Park can trace its tourism history back into the 1820s when tourists and visitors …

Lake Griffin State Park, FL

1384 RV rentals

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 …

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, FL

956 RV rentals

Traveling across the country in an RV isn't just for retirees. People of all ages are discovering RV camping at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is great fun, especially watching herds of bison and wild horses roam through the preserve. The park is located in Micanopy, Florida and is under 30 minutes from Gainesville. Search for an RV in Alachua County and plan to stay awhile visiting all the exciting hangouts in northern Florida.

Bustling Ocala is only a 45-minute drive south of the park, where you'll find excellent shopping and a variety of restaurants, including fresh seafood, Mexican, …

O'leno State Park, FL

410 RV rentals

First developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the 1930s, O'Leno State Park is one of the oldest state parks in Florida. Happily, it's also one of the best.

Located seven miles north of High Springs in northern Florida, O'Leno State Park sits alongside the pretty Santa Fe River. From sinkholes and swamps to a river that disappears underground, there's plenty of natural scenery to enjoy in the park. There's also a whole lot to do, with excellent hiking, canoeing, and fishing some of the highlights.

Throw in a 61-site campground and O'Leno State Park becomes the perfect place …

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park, FL

423 RV rentals

Looking at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park from above reveals a sliver of turquoise in a sea of green. Located just under 30 miles northwest of Gainesville and 90 miles east of the state capital of Jacksonville, this small, secluded state park is only 407 acres, but contains six springs and a mile of Sante Fe River shoreline.

Privately owned since 1958, Blue Spring Park was purchased by the state of Florida in 2017 and was renamed Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park shortly thereafter. This state park is packed with dense tropical greenery broken only by the blue springs …

Rainbow Springs State Park, FL

1309 RV rentals

Rainbow Springs State Park offers 1,470 acres of serenity and adventure. Thanks to its clear blue waters, gardens, and hills, many visitors have found peace here. This park is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway, and with its mix of natural history and modern architecture, history buffs and adventure junkies alike will find plenty to discover.

You may find it hard to believe this outdoor oasis was once a theme park complete with a zoo and rodeo. By 1974, the park failed and closed due to other attractions around the area, but it later reopened as a public park …

Manatee Springs State Park, FL

403 RV rentals

Folks have flocked to the clear, refreshing waters of Manatee Springs for more than 10,000 years. Today, the springs are the site of one of the gems of the Florida state parks system and a much-loved motorhome camping destination.

Found six miles west of Chiefland, Manatee Springs State Park is centered around this beautiful first magnitude spring. Park highlights include an 800-foot boardwalk through a spectacular cypress forest, excellent boating and fishing, and a chance to get up close and personal with all manner of native wildlife.

Best of all, with an 80-site campground just a short walk away …

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, FL

336 RV rentals

Stephen Foster is known as "the father of American music." He wrote over 200 songs in his lifetime, including "Old Folks at Home", a tune that immortalized Florida's Suwannee River. Today, the museum dedicated to Foster's music — the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center — sits on the banks of the river and is also the site of a beautiful state park. Located about 13 miles out of Lake City in the state's north, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park offers fascinating historical exhibits, excellent hiking, and several watersports.

It's a park with a little something for visitors of …

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park, FL

687 RV rentals

One of the oldest state parks in Florida, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park was first developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Today, this 2,300-acre wilderness retreat offers a host of great outdoor activities and experiences for campers.

Found just six miles north of Keystone Heights, the park is easily accessible from both Jacksonville and Gainesville, making it the perfect spot for a weekend getaway or something a little longer. It boasts excellent bird watching, hiking, fishing, and swimming opportunities, plus a beautiful wooded campground where you can park your rental RV for a few …

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