Area Status: Open
An island of shade amid a broad, winding grassland, the Hopkins Prairie Campground is a seasonal destination for campers looking to get a bit off the beaten path. It sits right along the Florida Trail and offers opportunities for fishing and birding along miles of prairie shoreline.
At a Glance
||Closed through the summer. Open October 1 - June 1.
||Tent camping,Camping trailer,Toilets,Parking
||$10 per site per night. 21 sites.
- Parking within the campground area is for campers only. There is a trailhead parking area along the access road to the campground.
- All Ocala National Forest campgrounds allow pets, but they must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and are not permitted in designated swimming and picnicking areas.
- There is a maximum stay limit of 14 consecutive days in a 30 day period.
||Salt Springs, north on SR 19, has groceries, restaurants, gas station, and outfitter.
The turnoff for Hopkins Prairie is 9.2 miles north along SR 19 from the intersection with SR 40. Turn left and follow the signs, turning left, right, and left along unmarked, unimproved roads to reach the camping area.
There are only 21 sites at Hopkins Prairie. All are well-shaded in an oak hammock on a peninsula surrounded by the prairie, where cool breezes blow in when there is a little water in the prairie.
Parking is for campers only. There is a trailhead parking area for day use on the access road to the campground.