Florida’s Lake Griffin State Park

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Florida’s Lake Griffin State Park south of Ocala. (Julianne G. Crane)

We’re settled into our campground site at Florida’s Lake Griffin State Park about 30 miles south of Ocala in central Florida.

This intimate campground feels more like a retro municipal park than a full-facility state destination. The majority of the sites are small and shaded with large marshy plants. Bigger rigs would be challenged to tuck into them.

This is not, at all, meant as a criticism. This 40-site park is ‘mostly’ buffeted from the noise of the nearby highway and features groves of mammoth Live Oaks. Each campsite has water and electric. Some sites have sewer and all sites fill up quickly in the winter months.

The Web site lists a “maximum RV length of 40 feet,” but; we’re in a section where only shorter rigs, such as motorcycle tent campers, pop-ups and small Casita trailers can easily slide into them and still have room to open the side door.

We plan to stay a week. It is only a few miles south of The Villages where Julianne’s longtime gal pal and writer, Tilly Grey, lives. Read “More about author Tilly Grey.”

Julianne G. Crane

Photo: Mammoth Live Oaks in Florida’s Lake Griffin State Park. (Julianne G. Crane)

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