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.

• 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: 3 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m. 
Reservations: First come, first served.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Toilets,Parking
Fees For more information on fees, please visit the concessionaire at https://www.adventureocala.com/campgrounds
Open Season: October - June
Best Season: Winter and Spring
Restrictions:
  • 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
Passes: Ocala National Forest Springs Hopper Pass: This day-use pass is $70 + tax per person and is good for one year from the date of purchase. It provides entrance to recreation areas managed by Adventure Ocala, which includes: Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Clearwater Lake and Wildcat Lake. This pass is available for purchase from Adventure Ocala at Alexander Springs, Juniper Springs and Silver Glen Springs. The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Senior Pass, Lifetime Senior Pass and Access Pass holders receive a 50% discount on the fee for a single campsite occupied by the passholder at the following campgrounds managed by Adventure Ocala: Passholders do not receive a discount on the fee for multi-family sites, cabins or group-use areas or any other campsites occuped by those accompanying the passholder. The 50% discount does not include utility, water or hookup fees. Discounts on camping are not available to America the Beautiful or Volunteer Pass holders.
Operated By: Adventure Ocala

General Information

Directions:

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:

Parking is for campers only. There is a trailhead parking area for day use on the access road to the campground.


Recreation Map

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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Hopkins Prairie is a designated camping area with minimal facilities, open seasonally.

There is a maximum stay limit of 14 consecutive days in a 30 day period.

Status: Open

Fishing

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Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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Water Activities

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Amenities

Camping trailer
Tent camping
Parking For campers only
Toilets Vault


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