We arrived after dark, around 9 p.m., and like all Florida state parks, had no trouble getting in and setting up. Our campsite didn't have any privacy, but we don't care. We also didn't have any trees, but fortunately it was a beautiful weekend, so it didn't matter. Our large pop up, one tent, 2 cars, and 7 people fit with plenty of room to spare. We were 2 sites away from the bathroom, so that was nice. The bathrooms were super clean, always stocked, and had plenty of hot water and nice, big showers. The campground was also very clean. We were in easy walking distance of the tube launch, which was awesome. It is a pretty, shaded walk. We had never tubed there before, and the ranger in the store was very polite and informative, letting me know exactly what to do. Renting our tubes was easy, and the trip down to the shuttle landing was super fun. The kids snorkeled and swam and my husband and I loved looking at the houses and the birds as we floated along. The tube exit was a little harrowing. Next time we'll be better prepared to tackle it. I recommend staying to the left, not waiting until the last second to get off your tube, and be very careful because the stairs are hard and very slippery. After the long walk back to the shuttle station, the shuttle dropped us off right at the campsites, which was great. The last morning there, we hung out at the river for a little bit. Everyone waded in and looked around, even though it's chilly water! There were people fishing, but no one caught anything. We had a great time and were happy with the campground. If you are looking for an easy way to tube, this is the place!
- Also Known As:
- Rainbow Springs State Park Hotel Dunnellon