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RIVER FOREST GROUP SITE, FL

Photo: RIVER FOREST GROUP SITE
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

River Forest is a shaded group camping facility on the shores of the St. Johns River in Ocala National Forest. Located just across the river from Deland, the site is popular for groups, family reunions and weddings and can accommodate up to 125 guests.

Natural Features:

The Ocala National Forest spans four counties and 383,000 acres. It is the southernmost and oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River and protects the world's largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest.

The campground is shaded with large live oaks with a flat, grassy patch of land that leads to the St. Johns River.

Recreation:

This site is a great setting for groups to relax, picnic and enjoy the shade on a warm day. A large field offers ample space for activities such as softball, volleyball and horseshoe tossing.

Visitors wanting to venture out of the picnic area can go for a long walk through floodplain forests and pine flatwoods on the St. Francis Trail, or head to the river to canoe, kayak or fish for bass.

Facilities:

All new facilities are the highlight of the River Forest Group Site. Facilities include a screened pavilion for food preparation and cooking with your own cook stoves. A new bathhouse has also been built on site.

The camping area is flat for tents with some shade provided by trees. While RVs are welcome, there are no hookups and all vehicles must remain in the designated parking area. Grills and picnic tables are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

The Ocala National Forest is notable for its extensive off-road trail system catering to off-road vehicle enthusiasts, as well as being a traditional destination for deer hunters from around Central Florida. Numerous lakes, rivers and natural springs surround the area and offer many water activities.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Campfire Circles
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • RV Parking
  • Security Lights
  • Sleeping Shelter
  • Tent sites
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
Know Before You Go
  • A campground host may be available
  • Pets allowed, but not in buildings
  • Band and DJs allowed
  • Alcohol is permitted
  • Bears and raccoons frequent the area; all food must be kept in approved containers
  • Click here for more information about Ocala National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood : Help protect our forests! Obtain your firewood near your destination to avoid the spread of pests. Using firewood from outside the area can threaten native trees and forests. Firewood from outside the area is not recommended as some states have quarantines in effect and firewood movement is illegal. Visit don'tmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
29.01287, -81.39076
29°0'46"N, 81°23'27"W

From Deland, Florida, drive west on State Route 44 to the first intersection after crossing the St. Johns River. Turn right on County Road 42, and the entrance to the campground is on the right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

RIVER FOREST GROUP SITE
45700 RIVER FOREST BLVD
DELAND FL 32720

Phone Number:

Project Office:(352)669-3153
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