Trail Lakes Campground

Trail Lakes Campground

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#1 of 3 campgrounds in Ochopee
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
3.3
Service
4.0
Value
3.8
Family owned since 1971, Trail Lakes Camp Ground offers visitors the chance to spend a night or more in the heart of Big Cypress National Park! We offer tent sites, RV sites, a communal bath house for both men and women, a gift shop, a small zoo, and the headquarters of Everglades Adventure Tours-this gives you the opportunity to take guided pole boat tours, guided kayak tours, guided canoe tours, guided paddle boat tours through Big Cypress and Everglades National Park! Everglades Adventure Tours also offers kayak and canoe rentals, as well as a special chickee hut and swamp cabin camping experience. Come by and see us today!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
Room types
Family rooms
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View

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40904 Tamiami Trail US 41, Ochopee, FL 34141
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Car recommended
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Southwest Florida Regional Airport
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Stephen B wrote a review Feb 2022
Hollywood, Florida
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Campground is very old Florida and the roads need to be reworked, but our camping spot was perfect for the amount of rain we had. While other camp sites were flooded and/or really wet ours was on a mound and we stayed high and dry. Many of the camp sites are not numbers so when we ask for our site number, the staff laughed and told us to "just find your RV", so I am not able to provide exact location information for our great. site.
The 50 amp sites for the larger Class A RVs is right on the campgrounds southern edge looking into the Everglades, while the 30 amp sites are inside the campground away from sites to see the Everglades sunsets etc.
The campground advertises WiFi & sewer, but either is available, so full service is electric & water, insure you have electrical and water hose extensions since many of the sites are located away from the electrical post and water.
We stay for 3 nights in a travel trailer, I used the campgrounds rest rooms & showers. The men's had only one shower that could be used (water stopped up the drain and was like that our whole stay). The other shower was never cleaned and had used soap, toothpaste tubes and nasty used Q-tips in the corners. So if you took a shower NEVER, NEVER, remove your shower shoes. The shower did have great hot water and water pressure.
The good out weighted the bad, so we will stay here again.
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Erika W wrote a review Feb 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in one of the cabins here and it was a great trip! I was a little nervous to stay in the Everglades with my toddler, but I spoke to Jack on the phone and he assured me it’s a family friendly place. He was right! Everyone that worked here was extremely friendly and you could tell they really cared to make sure you were enjoying your stay. Josh gave us a mini tour of the strangler figs and how they got their name. We bought s’mores supplies at the general store, and the kids (and myself) loved that. The grounds are very well kept and there is much to do for all outdoorsy levels. I highly recommend!

The bathrooms are fine for a campground. I am surprised by some comments regarding bathroom. If you are looking for luxurious towels and spa tubs, maybe book yourself at the Ritz. This is a campsite! Have realistic expectations.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Lynn Carlson wrote a review Jan 2021
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our fourth year at Trail Lakes and the condition has gone down badly. The cost/night for an RV site had gone up $10.00. For five Skunk Ape stickers they charged $37.00. That's scandalous. They sold us wet wood (same last year) so if you got the fire going it was all smoke. Worst of all, the bath house was still filthy at 4:00 pm in the afternoon; no soap in the count soap dispenser and the hand dryer is so ancient it hardly works. Boy has this facility gone downhill.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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AlecNYC wrote a review Nov 2020
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We didn't expect luxury accomodations, but for $200/per night for the cabin, we firgured it would be clean and serviceable.

How wrong we were. The A/C unit was filthy, the towels and sheets and blankets looked and smelled like they hadn't been cleaned after the last guest, and the mattress was moldy and mildewed.

The bathhouse was absolutely disgusting. I had read reviews that the bathroom was nice and clean, which was why we booked it, but the toilets were literally caked with feces and the showers had spiderwebs and mildew all over the place. The sink was covered with old water and the mirror was filthy.

From looking at the bathroom maintenance checklist that was posted on the door, it looks like it was being tended to by the same person daily for a long time, but then the signature changed and the bathroom started being serviced once or twice a week or less, and the last notation when we were there (on 10/30) was dated October 12th. So not serviced for literally two weeks. NASTY. But it would explain why prior reviews said the bathroom was nice and clean- someone was obviously caring for it previously, but it seems to have been almost completely neglected since the end of September.

Listen, "rustic" was fine with us, but this wasn't rustic- it was downright unhygienic. We cut our losses, bolted and stayed at the Ivey House instead.

They have a lot of nerve charging $200 a night for this.
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Date of stay: October 2020
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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AuntieM64 wrote a review Jun 2020
Eastern NC
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband wanted to explore the area around Everglades City, so we camped at Trail Lakes Campground for three nights. I booked a pole boat tour and was absolutely not disappointed. The campground is not a KOA, but it has plenty of room between sites, has a dump station, showers, laundry and an office that will help you with anything that you need. The area is quiet and rustic, just the amenities that this area of Big Cypress Swamp deserves.
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Date of stay: March 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Shelby Sprinzen wrote a review Mar 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff was so friendly, the bathrooms were great (for campground bathrooms), and the chickee hut (#1) we stayed in was really well built! I liked the security of being up off the ground and the fact that it was screened in was a HUGE bonus. None of us woke up with a single bug bite! The view from our balcony was serene and perfectly overlooking a nice uninterrupted stretch of the Everglades. The chickee hut definitely felt like glamping, the beds were comfortable and it was nice that they left a lantern in the hut for you as well as fresh towels and some toiletries. You can tell that the staff here is putting thought into what they do to make sure their guests have a memorable stay. I enjoyed every second here and will definitely be staying at this campground in the future.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Be aware of if it’s rainy season or dry season and set expectations accordingly.
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FishOn1971 wrote a review Oct 2021
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed 3 nights $190
Spent at giftshop $90
NO BBQ grill!!! No way to cook! Extra cost eating out $200. Did not state on website NO GRILLS ON SITE!!! Office/gift shop attendant could care less about anything. Owner/operator was always too busy with reptile enclosures or personal swamp buggy shop behind giftshop to give his campers any interaction. His dogs however greatly enjoyed roaming freely mornings and evenings which was only time we seen him was when he was rounding his dogs back up to his house. He is true to his character, especially about his CAMPGROUND...View his 1 hr movie..describes how he feels about owning a campground ;(
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dermot K wrote a review Oct 2020
Miami, Florida
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Trail Lakes offers a real authentic Everglades experience. The owners are multi generational gladesmen and the staff are all locals who know the area and provide great insight and tours to experience the real natural beauty of the glades and big cypress national park. Skunkape Headquarters provides a fun attraction for the kids and the cabins and chickee accommodations are great. Highly recommended, we will be back!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Route One and Beyond wrote a review Apr 2022
Key West, Florida
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A great spot to stay and explore the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve!
This is my second time staying at Trail Lakes Campground.
This time my niece and I rented a cabin.
It was perfect! A bed, AC and Mother Nature.
We sat outside at night next to a campfire, watching the night sky & listening to natures sounds.
During the day we explored the campground keeping an eye out for the elusive Skunkape. We watch others enjoying the catch and release ponds.

Tent sites, rv sites, cabins and huts are available. As well as free self guided tours at Skunkape Headquarters for campers.
Pole boats are other adventures are offered too.
Definitely will be back again!

The property is beautiful!

Thank you Jack, Dave, family & staff!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Bring bug spray.
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Wendy N wrote a review Jan 2023
Kissimmee, Florida
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We originally had planned on staying at Collier-Seminole State park but it still was not open after Hurricane Ian. I must say this was a pleasant alternative. Convenient to Big Cypress National Preserve we only had a short drive to all the trails and fishing locations. The sites are level, private with electric & water hookups. The restrooms need work but we used our travel trailer for showers. The sunsets were simply breathtaking here. The service was friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: December 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Mosquitoes can be vicious so plan accordingly. Leave outside lights off at night.
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lollipopJR asked a question Sep 2017
Ponte Vedra2 contributions1 helpful vote
Do we need to bring our own bed linens and how far is the bathroom
Answer from snowdrenched
Toronto250 contributions80 helpful votes
There was bed linen and towels, but I would advise to bring your own. The bathroom probably depend on which unit you rent, but it was about 150 m from ours.
Anne S asked a question Jan 2016
Palm Harbor1 contribution
Are small pets allowed?
Answer from maewest527
Hyannis, Massachusetts3 contributions1 helpful vote
We brought 2 small dogs, the campground has no problem with them. BUT... that said you need to be careful. Don’t walk them near water. Gators will swiftly come to the edge an grab them. I was also told never kayak with dogs in the boat. Gators won’t go after humans but they will go after small animals. If they are out on a line by your site, you need to be out there with them. Put them in your trailer/rv when you go to the shower.... just be smart. We never saw a gator in the campground but....
Answer from NativeGladesman
Ochopee, Florida6 contributions
Hello, We are open and would be glad to help. Call 1-800-504-6554 for reservations . Thanks TLC
Jon W wrote a tip Jun 2023
Central Florida, Florida5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It truly is in the middle of the Everglades. So bring bug spray!😂"
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Shelby Sprinzen wrote a tip Mar 2023
30 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be aware of if it’s rainy season or dry season and set expectations accordingly."
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Bobbie J wrote a tip Feb 2023
Katy, Texas26 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If it’s not busy, staff will acclimate your request for specific area or site. Book your tours of Turner River through them."
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Wendy N wrote a tip Jan 2023
Kissimmee, Florida764 contributions147 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Mosquitoes can be vicious so plan accordingly. Leave outside lights off at night."
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Melissa F wrote a tip Sep 2022
7 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cooler weather as AC did not cool room! Room with lake view would be worth it!"
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PRICE RANGE
$249 - $250 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesFloridaSouthwest Gulf CoastOchopee
NUMBER OF ROOMS
100
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TRAIL LAKES CAMPGROUND

Frequently Asked Questions about Trail Lakes Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Trail Lakes Campground?
Nearby attractions include Big Cypress National Preserve (3.4 miles), Ochopee Post Office (1.3 miles), and H.P. Williams Roadside Park (1.1 miles).
Is parking available at Trail Lakes Campground?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Trail Lakes Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Trail Lakes Campground?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Smallwood Store (7.7 miles).
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