Hopkins Prairie Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The sweep of Hopkins Prairie

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.

Pets: Dogs are welcome on the forest, but are required to be on a leash at all times. Dogs are not allowed on the beach at swimming areas. For more information, please contact Lake George Ranger Station at 352-625-2520.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Closed through the summer. Open October 1 - June 1.
Reservations: None required
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Toilets,Parking
Fees $10 per site per night. 21 sites.
Restrictions: Parking within the campground area is for campers only. There is a trailhead parking area along the access road to the campground.
Closest Towns: Salt Springs, north on SR 19, has groceries, restaurants, gas station, and outfitter.
Water: Hand pump
Restroom: Vault toilets

General Information


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.

General Notes:

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.

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Camping trailer $10 night, no hookups
Toilets Vault
Parking For campers only
Tent camping $10 night