Camping in Volusia County
It's all too easy for most of us to get caught up in the daily grind of work, school, bills and appointments, that we don't stop enough to enjoy life's simple pleasures. Camping is one of the best ways to unwind from the monotony that is also fun, effective, and wallet friendly.
When we think of Volusia County, we think of sandy beaches, seashells and sunburn. However, not all of Volusia's natural beauty is on the beach, we have a rich ecosystem filled with parks and campgrounds just waiting to be explored. We've put together a list of some of our favorite campsites throughout the county to get you and the family out in the kayaks and roasting marshmallows around the campfire.
1. Tiger Bay State Forest
Florida Forest Service
4316 W International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32124
Tiger Bay State Forest covers 27,395 acres of land in the center of Volusia County. It's approximately 7 miles west of Daytona Beach and extends north and south over US Hwy 92. The forest gets it's name from Tiger Bay, the vast wetland that covers 40% of the forest area. You can also find Indian and Scoggin Lakes and three fishing ponds. Coon Pond is natural while Rattlesnake, Woody and Ranch Ponds are man-made.
Tiger Bay offers semi-primitive campgrounds throughout the forest, one site is located at Tram Road Equestrian Campground on the Rima Ridge Tract. The site also features small corrals for horses. Campers can take advantage of fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, biking, picknicking and horse back riding. Contact the Florida Forest Service for more information and reservations.
2. Indian Mound RV & Fish Camp
295 Indian Creek Rd.
Oak Hill, FL 32759
Located on the Intercoastal Waterway in Oak Hill, FL, Indian Mound is the ideal spot for the avid fishermen and kayakers in the family. This convenient campground offers full hook up RV lots and cottage rentals on site. Rent a kayak or canoe for the day or put the boat in the Indian River from their private boat launch. Landlubbers can also use the large fishing dock.
Visit the camp bait shop for live shrimp and seasonal bait, you can even rent a rod and other fishing gear. Breakfast is available every morning as well as other snacks for purchase in the shop. Don't leave Sparky at home, pets are welcome and the campground includes a fenced in dog park. Enjoy the wildife veiwing in the area, dolphin, manatee and countless bird species are ever present.
3. Blue Spring State Park
2100 W French Ave.
Orange City, FL 32763
Blue Springs State Park is a stunning recreational area the whole family is guaranteed to fall in love with. The crystal clear waters connect to the St. John's River and is the famous spot for yearly manatee congregations starting in mid November. Blue Springs can be visited just for the day or as an extended stay with their campsite and cabin rentals. Shower stations and restrooms are available throughout the park.
Campers are encouraged to engage with the environment through many activities offered. Cool off in the 72 degree springs by swimming, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, scuba diving or snorkeling. Rentals available in the camp store. Fish from the dock, explore the hiking trails, visit the historic Thursby House or take a cruise on the guided boat tours. The staff at Blue Springs will even give you an update on the latest manatee count if you call before you go.
4. Tomoka State Park
2099 N Beach St.
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
Nestled along the Tomoka River and the Intracoastal Waterway, Tomoka State Park is a great family destination full of adventure and rich in history. Originally home to the Timucuan Indians, this 900 acre peninsula offers 100 campsites varying in tent camping, RV hookups and primitive group campsites. Restroom and shower facilities are available and pets are also welcome.
Explore the waterways with kayak and canoe rentals, bring the boat from home and launch in from the on site boat ramp, or fish from the dock or shore. Take a stroll down the nature and hiking trails that wind through the park, check out the interpretive exhibit, plan activities in the rentable rec hall and pavillions or wear the kids out at the playground. Tomoka is the perfect place for wildlife viewing, manatee, dolphin, hundreds of bird and fish species, turtle and even alligators are possile finds on your next adventure.
5. Canaveral National Seashore
7600 S Atlantic Ave.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
For those wild at heart and hungry for adventure, Canaveral National Seashore is the park for you. This barrier island ecosystem contains nearly 58,000 acres of barrier island, open lagoon, coastal hammock, pine flatwoods, and offshore waters. The undeveloped shoreline runs 24 miles down the Atlantic coast and encompasses Mosquito Lagoon. The New Smyrna location runs 7 miles down the coast with shoreline beaches to the left and trails, lagoons, fishing docks, and historical landmarks to the right.
Camping at Canaveral is allowed by permit only since all camp sites are considered backcountry island camping and are spread throughout the property on separate islands. These sites are primitive and are the ideal destinations for those looking for complete privacy and a closer to nature vibe. Arrival is by personal watercraft only. Live like the natives, fish in the world famous lagoon, search for endless shells and seaglass down the coastline or simply indulge in relaxation on your private island. The possiblities and experiences are endless.
Looking for some extra adventure? Take a break from roughing it and hit the beach. We've compiled a list of all of the FREE parking areas in Volusia County, from Ormond down to New Smyrna!
We understand the wilderness isn't for everyone. We've got you covered, check out our top ten picks for best family resorts here.