If you and your buddy are looking to "ruff" it in the Florida wilderness, Dunns Creek Campzone might just be your paw-fect base camp. All sites at Dunns Creek are walk-to (that is, hike-in and tent only -- you’ll need to walk about a mile from the parking lot), and the campground provides a really rustic experience. Forget showers, electricity, and other creature comforts -- this is an ideal place for you and your pooch to get back to nature!
And what nature it is -- Dunns Creek is located in the furrific Jennings State Forest, a whopping 25,000 acres of forest and swampland threaded through with burbling creeks and deep ravines. The campground is surrounded by tropical trees and just a bone’s throw away from Dunns Creek itself. The single site is a mini group camp that fits up to eight people, though solo travelers and smaller groups are certainly welcome, and reservation is essential. There’s a $2 entrance fee to the forest, and sites start at $9.09 per night.
Make no bones about it, you and your four-pawed pal are sure to find something to keep you entertained during your stay! The area has no shortage of opportunities for hound-dog hikers. You’ll start off on the Dunn’s Farm Trail, as that’s the route you’ll need to walk to get to camp, and it’s well worth following it through for the whole three-mile loop through wooded wonderland. Or you could take a waterside walk on the six-mile-long North Fork Black Creek Trail -- just watch out for ticks. Though Dunn’s Creek is a popular spot for canoeing and boating, there’s no boat launch nearby, and the alligators might give you "paws" if you’re thinking of taking your buddy aboard. However, you are welcome to cast your line, and you can cook your catch on the grill back at camp.
It almost goes without saying that WiFi isn’t available at Dunns Creek, and cellular coverage varies from network to network. Fires are permitted, but there’s no drinking water -- you’ll need to bring your own bottle. Remember to bring waste bags for your doggo, and have a pawesome time!