Hopkins Prairie Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The sweep of Hopkins Prairie

Hopkins Prairie Campground, open Oct. 1 - June 1 each year, is a seasonal destination for campers looking to get off the beaten path. It sits right along the Florida Trail and offers opportunities for fishing and birding along miles of prairie shoreline.

• Firewood is available from the concessionaire and is cash only.

Looking out from the oak canopy to Hopkins Prairie The sweep of Hopkins Prairie Wet prairie at Hopkins Prairie Songbird on a cypress knee Hopkins Prairie

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open October 1 - June 1. Check in at 3 p.m. and check out at 11 a.m. 
Reservations: None required. First come, first served.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Toilets,Parking
Fees $11 per site per night. 21 sites.
  • Campground parking 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.
  • A maximum stay limit of 14 consecutive days is allowed in a 30-day period.
Closest Towns: Salt Springs, north on SR 19, has groceries, restaurants, a gas station and an outfitter.
Water: Hand pump
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: Adventure Ocala

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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Toilets Vault
Parking For campers only
Tent camping $11 per night
Camping trailer $11 per night, no hookups