On this episode of Campground of the Week, we review the Fort De Soto Campground, about 20 miles south of St. Petersburg, Florida. Fort De Soto Campground is a perennial favorite for native Floridians and for the snow birds that flock down to the Sunshine State every winter.
And it’s easy to see why. Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful campgrounds we have ever seen. So we can definitely imagine returning again and again if it was in our own backyard.
We visited while attending the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, and it only took us about 40 minutes to get there. Once we arrived, we did not want to leave. The beaches were beautiful, and the water was warm even in January!
Campground Details: Fort De Soto Campground
The campground is located in Fort De Soto Park, part of the Pinellas County Park System. There are 238 camp sites, spread out over three loops. This is one of those campgrounds where it pays to study the map–each loop has distinctive characteristics and rig requirements:
- 1 allows tents, vans, pop ups, and trailers under 16 feet.
- 2 allows all rigs and is pet friendly.
- 3 allows all rigs and NO PETS.
Make sure you pick an appropriate site for your family! This campground document is very helpful…
The great news is that all three areas offer waterfront sites and spacious pull thrus. Every site also has water and electric hook ups, with dump stations easily accessible from each area.
Sites become available six months in advance, and you actually need to book that far ahead if you want your pick of spots. This campground routinely sells out, so don’t expect to show up and park on a waterfront site on a whim. Take a listen to the episode to hear about the other amenities available in Fort De Soto Park Campground.
Surrounding Activities and Attractions: Fort De Soto Campground
On this episode of Campground of the Week, we only talk about the activities available within Fort De Soto Park itself. This is because we have an entire segment on the St. Petersburg/Tampa area on our RVFTA podcast this week. Head on over to RVFTA episode #127 to hear our interview with native Floridian, Courtney Parish, who shares all the best attractions in this area.
Fort De Soto Campground is over 1,000 acres and is beautifully arranged for visitors who want to enjoy the natural beauty and historical significance of this location. While you are here, check out:
- North Beach, East Beach, and the designated dog beach
- Boat ramps and fishing piers for easy water access
- 7 miles of paved, multi-purpose trails, perfect for walking and biking
- 2-mile, self-guided canoe and kayak trail
- Historic Fort, with self-guided tour available here.
After our brief visit, we can see why so many people say this is one of their favorite campgrounds in Florida. Make those reservations way in advance, and enjoy your stay at this gem in the Sunshine State!
See you at the campground!
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