When the reservation system for the Florida State Parks finally reopened we made reservations, just to go anywhere, someplace close, but not our backyard. We don’t like to check in at dark and since I got off at 5:00 Lake Manatee it was, close to our house and there is a lake to swim in. A swimming hole was a necessity as it is Florida in June. We invited Steve and Rosie to get a site as well. They are always fun to camp with.
I got home from work and we headed south. It literally took us maybe 50 minutes. As we entered the park we just went directly to the campsite, as there was no ranger at the ranger station. We drove to our site and got set up. Saw Steve and Rosie and headed over there to do dinner.
I got up in the morning and headed to check out the park. It is beautiful. Honestly, I put this park in my top 5 Florida State Parks. We are not sure how we missed this park and were thrilled we found it. The lake is about .5 miles away from the campground. Closer if you are on the other loop. It was a steamy, yet dry weekend. It didn’t stop us in having fun though. We brought our bikes and if it would have been cooler would have used them more. However, I rode mine to the ranger station and I must say that was much easier then getting in the car and driving down. We also rode down to the beach and went for a swim. The water was very refreshing.
The picnic/beach area is in a forest of pine trees. A good portion of the park has saw palmettos as well. It seemed to me most of the campsites are shady.
This state park is 556 acre park and has 3 miles of shoreline. The park has camping, canoeing, (they weren’t renting yet because of Covid 19), swimming (nice little beach area), fishing, boating, hiking, a playground and picnic area. There is a boat ramp, launching dock if you bring your own boat and a ton of parking.
It was the most pleasant weekend, we didn’t head out of the park at all, but next time we might check out the winery and brewery down the road. Also, we will plan our next trip when it is cooler and we are looking forward into hiking/biking the trails and maybe the canoe rentals will be reopened.
The address for this great park is 20007 State Road 64, Bradenton, Florida.
I highly recommend checking this park out if you are in the area.
Until next time, stay safe and travel on…