COME FOR NEW YEARS EVE DINNER OR COME FOR THE WHOLE FOUR (4) DAYS
Sunday -Arriving / Setting up tents / Exploring the Area
Monday - Kayaking the St Francis / Dead River Run / Pontoon Boat Ride to Blue Springs / Hiking
Tuesday / The Old Spanish Sugar Mill for pancake breakfast / Kayaking Blue Creek Run / Pontoon Boat Ride to Blue Springs / Hiking
Wed / Horse Back Riding / Hiking / Breaking down camp site.
We will be camping, hiking, paddling and partying for 4 days and 3 nights along the St John's River.
The $25.00 fee covers camping for all three nights and a New Years Eve Dinner.
If you are only coming for Dinner the cost will be $10.00 per person.
Dinner will be provided for everyone on New Years Eve. We will provide Bar-B-Que Pulled Pork, Bar-B-Que Pulled Chicken, Bar-B-Que Ribs. I will ask all attendees bring a side dish to share with everyone. PLEASE POST WHAT SIDE YOU PLAN ON BRINGING.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Activities and Amenities
- Accessible Picnic Shelters
- Campfire Circles
- Drinking Water
- Flush Toilets
- Group Camping
- Parking Area
- Picnic Area
- RV Parking
- Security Lights
- Sleeping Shelter
- Tent sites
- 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
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
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.