RIVER FOREST GROUP SITE, FL

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...
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  • 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
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RFGS GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC 125 0 Pull-Through
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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Overview

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.

Booking Window
Thu Sep 04 2014 - Sun Aug 30 2015

Reservations must be made 5 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
Services 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
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jan 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $150.00
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Dec 31 2015
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $150.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
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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