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Old 02-28-2014, 05:44 PM   #1
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Rainbow Springs State Park, FL

Made reservations for a June mini camp trip...looking for any tips for those who have visited
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:09 PM   #2
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We stayed there in December. Nice campground. The main part of the park is just beautiful. It is a few miles drive from the campground ( unless you want to kayak up river to it) but we have such lovely pictures from there. The water is a Blue-green and clear. Neat waterfalls- just so pretty. Sites 8-10 in the campground were private and big. Highly recommend.
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:53 PM   #3
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It used to be a private amusement park back before the Mouse put all of them out of business and the State bought it and added it to the park system some time ago. Now there are few remnants of that era, but the nature is quite nice. There can be crowds at the spring during peak times, but it's a nice park to visit. Not a lot to do in the park itself other that visit the springs, swim, and walk the old grounds (which is certainly fun). The 'waterfall' is a remnant of the old attraction and if you look closely you can discover the odd little remnant of the old park here and there. I enjoyed out visit there, but we didn't camp so I cant speak much to that aspect.

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Old 03-02-2014, 07:11 PM   #4
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It's a nice state park, some sites are big, many not shadded. The spring run is fun for the whole family. The old grounds are fun to visit (car), nice and beautiful place.
Was there 2 years ago.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:12 PM   #5
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Nice clean camp ground. We stayed there several Holloweens in a row, but missed this year (stayed at Fort Wilderness). The camp ground is separate from the park with the waterfall and swimming spring. From the camp ground you can canoe / kayak to the springs / park, or you can drive over there (15) minutes.

At the camp ground there are several sites that seem to be full sun at the entrance ( good for the snow birds) but NOT good for Floridas summers! Bath houses were clean and staff and hosts friendly!

Hope you have a good time!
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:55 PM   #6
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We love Rainbow River! The water is so perfectly clear.

You can either tube from the campground or go kayaking. The only difficult part is that cars are not allowed down the hill to the water to take your kayaks, you have to hand truck or carry them. Which is HARD work unless you have your own hand trucks. Believe me.

We greatly enjoy tubing, but stay clear from the banks. Not only may you find unpleasantness, such as a dozing snake, but some of the bushes can be full of wasp nests. We found out the hard way. My daughter suffered from about 6 wasp stings. Fortunately it was at the end of our tubing trip, which is about 2 hours. But it is a long walk back to the parking lot. It was a very rough day.

There are different tubing trips. The state park trip is 2 hours, which is just the right amount of time. By then, truly, you want out of the water. The trip from KP Hole (a county park) is 4 hours. I could not imagine tubing for that long.

No disposable containers or animals are allowed in the water. So no dogs, and all food and water must be in a reusable container of some kind. No cans or bottles or such. Also kids are required to wear life jackets. And YES, they do patrol.

The campground was completely remodeled a few years ago. That means many of the sites were completely cleared and have lots of sun. The brush has grown back since then. The bathrooms were also rebuilt. I have never ever seen the pool in working condition, though. However, there is a nice swimming area down at the river with lots of shade.
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