The next time you find yourself driving through the Tiger Bay State Forest, take a moment to stop and experience this often missed roadside gem. If you happen to be traveling with friends, there is no better place to take your break than at Bennett Field Group Camp, where a one-night stopover may turn into a longer stay if you're not careful.
The site itself can host a maximum of 30 people and both RVs and tents should fit on the grounds without issue. There are not a lot of bells and whistles here -- expect to be greeted with picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets, and not much else. That means you need to make sure you pack enough food and water for the whole crew (doggos included) to make your stay comfortable. Fees to stay here are $17.78 per night, so it really is a great place to stay cost-wise compared to many of its Daytona Beach counterparts.
The beauty of this spot lies in the untamed portion of Florida wild lands that sit around the campsite. Many visitors are stunned by the wide array of animal life that can be found within the Tiger Bay State Forest -- including both bears and alligators, so be cautious throughout your exploration. For a safer option, take a turn on the Pershing Highway Trail, which was once was a road but now is used as an accessible pathway. And if you're a fan of fishing, you definitely won't run out of places to drop your hook in these woods, with countless ponds, lakes, and wetlands scattered throughout the park.
Any four-legged members of your group are welcome throughout the forest, though you will want to keep an eye on them due to all of the gators that call these swampy lands home. Because of these large reptiles, you are asked to keep your barky buddy on a leash of ten feet or less at all times. As always, do your part to keep the forest lovely for all who visit by properly cleaning up after your pup during your stay.
For a pleasant surprise, be sure to book Bennett Field Group Camp when you're staying near Daytona.