Get way out in the woods of Florida at the Myakka State Forest Primitive Campgrounds. The state forest is named after the Myakka River and Myakkahatchee Creek -- both of which flow through it. Small marshes are also spread throughout the tall pine trees, making this forest a haven for many creatures.
The sites here are hike-in only, which means you must be able to bring everything you need for your stay on your back! This includes drinking water, as none is provided at any of the primitive campsites. All campers should park their cars at the trailhead near the forest's entrance, and it's advised that you don't leave anything of value in your vehicle during your stay. For a fee of $8.93 per night, you may stay at one of the lots, which range from 1.5 to 3.2 miles away from the trailhead. This forest is popular among hunters, but be sure to have all of the proper permits if you plan to participate!
The Myakka State Forest is an excellent place to go hiking, so be sure hit the trails with your pooch while staying in the woods. Anglers will enjoy fishing in the river and creek, but keep in mind that swimming isn't allowed here. Canoeing and kayaking are permitted, however, and one of the campsites can actually be reached via water. Not far from the forest is one of the best beaches in the entire country -- perfect for when you're ready to relax after all of the forest trekking you'll be doing on this trip.
Pooches are permitted in the state forest, provided they are kept on a 6-foot leash throughout their stay. Make sure that you bring along enough water and food for your pupper as well as yourself, as there won't be anywhere to grab supplies once you're at the park.
If you crave a true adventure into the wild, Myakka State Forest's Primitive Campsites may be the perfect fit!