A few days camping at Rainbow Springs State Park

I wrapped up an almost-month-long tour around Florida by camping at Rainbow Springs State Park. For whatever reason, I didn’t take a lot of pictures and I didn’t want to force myself to, because then it wouldn’t be fun and natural. Speaking of fun and natural… Rainbow Springs! The campsite was great, even having a sewer hookup which, if you camp a lot, you know it feels like luxury to be able to poop in your own camper without wondering when the tank is going to fill up.

*envisions the unfortunate scene from RV starring Robin Williams*

So yeah, I didn’t take many photos but the Rainbow River is stunning. Such clear water that you almost didn’t even need a snorkel mask. But if you DID snorkel, you’d see stuff like this…

There was also this beautiful hawk perched on a branch over to one side of the river. A few really big fish. Big white birds. Quite a few turtles. No good photos of most of that, so I guess these few moments were meant just for me to enjoy with my own eyes, in the moment, for that particular experience.

This was a great park with paved roads (sandy/gravel sites), shade, easy access to the Rainbow River (although the actual spring is a few miles away), quiet neighbors, and just folks generally happy to be there. I loved it and I think I need to book it again so I can bring my camera on the river with me next time. Oh, speaking of which, the houses along the river in that area were gorgeous. Although I didn’t have my good camera, I used my phone to capture some of the landscapes and houses along the river.

I had been camping for about 3 weeks before checking in at Rainbow Springs State Park. It actually felt like 3 months because of all the sites I visited. For a recap, check the links below. If I had to pick a favorite, first of all that’s a really tough thing to do! Probably Myakka River because of the diverse wildlife. The keys were great, as one would assume. I don’t even think I’d discourage anyone from visiting any of these parks, so if you’re on the fence, feel free to ask me about any questions.

Payne’s Prairie Preserve State Park

Lake Griffin State Park

Colt Creek State Park

Myakka River State Park

Camping in the Florida Keys

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park


Thanks for dropping in!

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 11-year-old beagle and a 9-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, dog boarding, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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