Camping at Tomoka State Park feature

Tomoka State Park

Located along the Tomoka River, Tomoka State Park with a total area of up to 1,800 acres stretches 3 miles (5 km) to the North of Ormond Beach on the North Beach Street. This park is nationally famous for its diverse fauna ranging from little birds to thousands of rare wildlife. Year on year, this State Park has welcomed a great number of both tourists and campers, which not only plays a significant role in balancing the Park’s annual income but also retain the park’s prestige. As reviewed by most campers, this State Park is one of the most deserve-a-visit- heaven on Earth for camping and other exciting recreation activities all year round. Proudly honored by several national renowned magazines, this park has been more and more proclaimed its fame to within the State but to the whole country as well.

Currently, the park has more than 100 campsites located in a shady hammock near the Tomoka River. As a result, all campers can pitch their tents at a much cooler site than other sites in other nearby State Park.

1. Half-primitive and half-modern

Some campers call these site half-primitive and half-modern because of their mentioned location and their amenities. Namely, each site has a picnic table, a grill, water, and even electric hook-up. In case you fancy cooking out, you can pre-prepare a fire ring. All little firewood can be found on your site (from the shades).

There is no need for you to worry about sanitation condition here, because all three restrooms with hot showers here are tidy; and water is very fresh to drink. If you would like to light up more your tent or RV, you could bring extra bulbs and set them up.

More importantly, if you travel a long way from your place to get here, you can ask the park for using an available dump station. Each fill-up wouldn’t cost you much, so no worry at all. However, you need to be sure that your vehicle (RV) length is no more than 34 feet.

All sites here are almost packed at all weekends or on special occasions; therefore, you should make a reservation in advance to surely get your desirable site.

2. Youth group camping area

Interestingly, the park offers a separate area for the youth group camping. Presently, this large site can accommodate up to 35 people, so this one is perfect for a whole class or a group of young members. This site includes grills, picnic tables, a large fire circle and restrooms with hot showers. It is obligated for youth groups to be accompanied and supervised by adult chaperones.

It is not an obligation that you and your group have to reserve a site in advance; however, it is a hidden rule that “first comes, first serves”, so if you’ve already got a plan to camp here with your group friends, then you need to book a site.

3. Fees, Reservation, and other policies

a. Fees

If you get here by car or any other vehicles, you are supposed to pay $5 admission fee per vehicle. The maximum number of each vehicle is 8. In case you possesses a single occupant vehicle, then the fee is $4. And if you walk or bike to get here, you need to pay $2.

It will cost each camper $24 per night, plus tax, plus a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee (including water and electricity).

For Florida residents who are from 65 years old to older or hold a social security disability award certificate or a 100 percent disability award certificate from the Federal Government are permitted to get a 50 percent discount on current base campsite fees.

b. Policies

Only service animals are welcomed here. In case your pets are not service ones, they are only present at certain designated sites and on leash.

Besides, Wheelchair accessible facilities are available for use as well.

c. Reservations

The park opens all year round from 8 a.m until sundown; therefore, you are supposed to make a reservation in advance. You can book online or call the park directly.

Visitors have to pay a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee when making a reservation online or using the call center.

Regarding Cancellation Policy, each camper has to pay $17.75 to cancel a reservation any day before the arrival date. Any cancellations on the day of arrival or later will also be charged the first night’s use fee.

4. Activities

Thanks to the park’s ideal location (along the Tomoka River), the park offer both visitors and campers a variety of outdoor activities to entertain and relax.

Fishing is surely the most favorite activity here. With 90 different species of fish in the Tomoka River, you can comfortably catch any of them. The park offers all stuff for fishing and game fish such as red drum, black drum, spotted sea or tarpon.

What about canoeing and kayaking? If you are a bit more adventurous and energetic, you can probably opt for these two kinds of water sport. The rivers and tributaries providing a pretty place to observe the varied bird and marine life of the area is also a perfect place for canoeists or kayakers show off their talent. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at the park store

If you are in favor of hiking and chewing the fat with your family or friends, you likely fancy hiking natural trail system of the park. Re-energizing, refreshing together with staying in shape via hiking is not a bad idea.

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