A state park that's nearing a century of existence, O'Leno State Park in Florida makes for a beautiful getaway into the heart of the wetlands. Traverse bridges suspended over swamps and relax by the waters of the Santa Fe River while the many birds, reptiles, and amphibians of the area pass you by.
If you'd like to stay here long enough to truly discover it, you can pick from 56 different campsites -- some of which are suitable for tents only, while others can accommodate RVs. One primitive site can only be accessed by hiking in on foot. Most of these lots offer electrical hookups and two are wheelchair accessible, allowing all to come and enjoy this natural wonderland. Keep in mind that if you're bringing a larger rig, you may have some difficulties maneuvering the Magnolia Camping Loop, so perhaps avoid this area unless you have a smaller trailer. There is also a group camp comprised of basic structures, but this camp does not allow canines and is not available on the standard reservation system.
To enter this state park, you must purchase a ParkPass permit, which costs $5. Campsite fees start at $5 per night for the primitive site and jump up to $18 for all other lots.
While you're here, you may want to check out all of the amazing hiking trails that wind through the incredible natural features of this environment. Or, if you've come to test the waters, cast a line out into the river and see what you can catch. Canoe rentals are available for any who'd like to get out on the water, and a playground is accessible for all children staying at the campground.
At this state park, canine campers are welcomed with open arms -- as long as they abide by the guidelines set out for them. All dogs here must be on their best behavior, and their owners need to ensure they are kept quiet during nighttime hours. Keep your pupper leashed throughout your stay and remember to clean up whatever they may leave behind.
If you'd like to camp somewhere that feels more like a jungle than a forest, O'Leno State Park is the place to go!