Warm winter camping | 5 campsites in Volusia, Flagler counties


As temperatures begin to cool in Florida, residents and visitors alike are flocking outside.

Florida offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, including the beach, natural springs, and of course camping.

Florida was recently ranked as the best state for winter camping by Outdoorsy, a travel and rental company.

With mid-highs in the 1960s and lows in the mid-1940s, winter in Florida is a great time to pitch a tent and sleep under the stars. Or, you know, park the motorhome and curl up in a comfy bed.

Here are five campsites in Volusia and Flagler counties to pitch your tent.

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The Pat Northey 5K Trail segment begins at Monroe Lake Park, something to keep you entertained during your camping trip.

Monroe Lake Park

Lake Monroe Park is one of the oldest in Volusia County and, according to the county, one of the most popular parks in the region. Located directly on the lake, you can camp, boat, fish, have a picnic, walk the nature trails or, if you have kids, they can have fun around the playground.

In 2004, the park reopened after a $ 1.2 million renovation and improvement project that included brand new toilets, refurbishment of the entrance road, floating docks, picnic pavilions, improving parking and creating a trail for the Lake Monroe-Gemini Springs-DeBary Hall Trail.

Entrance to the park itself is free.

Cost: $ 15 per night, includes electricity; $ 5 dumping fee; $ 2 launching fee

Address: 975 US Highway 17-92, DeBary

Contact: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; 386-736-5953

Nova Family Campground is the perfect stop for those planning to attend the Turkey Rod Run inside Thanksgiving Week at Daytona International Speedway.

Nova family campsite

Located just 6 miles from Daytona Beach in Port Orange, this Florida property sits on 18 acres of tree-lined campgrounds. Nova Campground provides guests with a relaxing place to disconnect and relax, but it’s still close to nightlife, Daytona International Speedway, and the beach.

This campsite is ideal for beginners to experienced campers. Amenities include free Wi-Fi; heated swimming pool and solarium; games room with pool table; reception room; cable television; general store on site; laundry; barbecue grills; picnic tables; Storage for RVs; propane; and firewood.

Cost: Prices vary based on events at Daytona Beach, including races, Bike Week, Biketoberfest, and Turkey Rod Run. Non-event rates start at $ 25 per night for tents and up to $ 116 for a cabin.

Address: 1190 Herbert Street, Port Orange

Contact: novacamp.com; 386-767-0095

Ashby Lake Park is full of beautiful nature trails for you to take in the scenery during your overnight stay.

Ashby Lake Park

This 71-acre rural park offers tent camping; a playground; Volleyball court; nature and horse trails; wooden walks; a fishing pier; grills; pavilions; and canoe.

Lake Ashby was named after Major James A. Ashby, who helped lead US military forces during the Second Seminole War.

Entrance to the park is free.

Cost: $ 15 per night plus tax

Address: 4150 Boy Scout Camp Road, New Smyrna Beach

Contact: 386-736-5953

A park ranger and visitor to Tomoka State Park in the 1950s. You can stand in one place today to get the perfect shot.

Tomoka State Park

The former home of Native Americans, the land containing Tomoka State Park, surrounded by lagoons, was abandoned in 1835 during the Second Seminol War. In 1937, the Florida Board of Forestry acquired the first parcels of land that would become Tomoka State Park.

A paradise for bird watchers, more than 160 species have been spotted. The park protects a variety of wildlife habitats and endangered species such as the West Indian manatee.

There is a boat launch for canoeing and boating. There’s also an on-site store that offers snacks, canoes, and camping rentals.

Cost: Entrance to the park costs $ 5 per vehicle, $ 4 for a single occupant vehicle and $ 2 for pedestrians, cyclists. Camping costs $ 24 a night plus a reservation fee of $ 6.70. This includes electricity and water.

Address: 2099 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach

Contact: FloridaParks.org/Tomoka; 386-676-4050

Environmental guru and President of Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park, Paul Haydt, walks along the park's marshes along the Intra-Coastal Waterway.

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation at Flagler Beach

This 145-acre park on Barrier Island, named after Florida folk singer and storyteller Gamble Rogers, sits between the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Swim in the ocean, build sandcastles, collect seashells, go fishing, take a walk, look for birds, try geocaching or have a picnic at one of the many picnic tables.

There are 34 campsites on the beach and 34 on the river. There are two wheelchair accessible campsites and a beach wheelchair is available on request.

Cost: Entrance to the park costs $ 5 per vehicle, $ 4 for a single occupant vehicle and $ 2 for pedestrians, cyclists. Camping costs $ 28 per night plus a reservation fee of $ 6.70 and a daily service charge of $ 7 for RV, cabin, bungalow, boat and yurt units. This includes electricity and water.

Address: 3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach

Contact: FloridaStateParks.org/GambleRogers; 386-517-2086


Sally J. Minick

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