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— Reservations are accepted up to 11 months in advance, and experienced campers are online the first day sites become available. For campground reservations, call (800) 326-3521 (8 a.m. Eastern) or TDD (888) 433-0287, or online at Florida State Parks.

— Reservations are accepted up to 6 months in advance, except the Long Pine Key Campground in Everglades National Park (walk-ins only).

Snowbirds are motivated to pin things down as soon as possible and get out of commitments they don’t need.

Florida State Parks has created a weekend campsite finder that displays immediate availability, if any, for the upcoming weekend and next week at all Florida state park and other state recreation areas.

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Large RVs need to plan carefully because of tree limbs, unpaved roads and lack of amenities, such as electric and water.

You are often required to have camping permits, the campgrounds are often primitive, and you will be surrounded by hunters during hunting seasons.

Book your site at Florida’s national parks, forests and preserve through

Primitive camping is permitted in some federal preserves at little or no cost, although the rules vary and permits are rarely issued more than 24 hours in advance.

Many counties in Florida host campers, including: These campgrounds are well-maintained, inexpensive and located in prime locations.

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