If you’re looking for a lakeside getaway in Florida’s largest state forest, you’d be barking mad not to consider camping at Karick Lake North Campground! Perched on the shores of the lake in the stunning Blackwater State Forest, not only is the campground in a seriously serene spot, but you won’t need to sacrifice too many of your creature comforts during your stay. Karick Lake North provides electricity (30 amp only), water hookups, showers, and a dump station, though sewer hookups are not available.
The campground’s surroundings provide all the scenery you need to relax and feel like you’ve really escaped the big-city grind. Many of the sites have waterside views, and almost all are shaded by the towering lodgepole pines that the forest is known for. Careful, though -- Blackwater State Forest is also known for its wiregrass, and while this interesting plant is very important to the ecosystem, it does provide a refuge for ticks and other biting critters.
The undergrowth does provide some privacy between sites, though, and the fifteen spots are well spaced out, so Karick Lake North never feels crowded. However, this means that early reservation is essential. While there’s no entrance fee to North Karick Lake recreation area, it costs $2 to enter the forest itself, and sites start at $13.39.
Karick Lake North is close to all sorts of op-paw-tunities for outdoor adventure! If casting a line is your idea of a good time, you’re in luck. The lake is well stocked with bass, and you can cook your catch on one of the grills provided with each site. Avid birders might be glad to know that the area is home to all sorts of feathered friends, including green herons, yellow-throated warblers, and red-eyed vireos. Hound-dog hikers won’t need to go too far fur-ther afield to get in some trail time! If you’re looking for a longer trek, check out the 20-mile long Jackson Trail, which runs past tall trees, through wildflower meadows, and is famous for its wildlife. In the mood for a more sedate stroll? Move across to Karick Lake South Campground and check out the four-mile, level Karick Lake South Campground Trail.
WiFi isn’t available at Karick Lake North, but most cellular networks should receive at least some coverage. Fires are permitted, and you’ll find drinking water on-site. Remember to bring waste bags for your doggo, and have a furrific time!