Alexander Springs Campground is one of Florida’s most popular destinations for camping. It rests in Ocala National Forest, a large body of coniferous forest and inland scrub regions that covers almost half a million acres in central Florida. The campground is known for its prime location next to Alexander Springs, but its other great features include well-maintained amenities and scenic surroundings. It is an ideal spot for anyone looking to camp out in Florida, especially those who want to enjoy the company of their pets while they camp!
The campground’s 68 sites are arranged around four loops, all of which are close to the springs. The sites are well-shaded by the surrounding maple, sweet gum, and palm trees. The nightly fee for a site is $24, and the nightly fee to stay in the group picnic area is $48. Amenities include shower stations, picnic tables, flush toilets, and drinking water. There is also a small store where you can buy camping supplies and firewood.
The adjacent spring provides a great opportunity for swimming, diving, and snorkeling. The water is clear and warm — 72 degrees usually. If you venture outside of the designated swimming area, fishing and canoeing are also available. Hiking is available at a short trail nearby, and there is more hiking available if you venture out to the Florida National Scenic Trail.
There are a few things to consider when you’re planning your trip to Alexander Springs Campground. Please note that while pets are permitted at the campground, you cannot bring your pets to the picnic or beach areas. There are parking pads for RVs, but please note that there are no hookups available at the campground. The area is home to a variety of wildlife, including bears, alligators, and raccoons, so you should take the appropriate precautions concerning food storage and pet safety.