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Campgrounds are closing for 2 months due to COVI-19

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Here at Old Town Campground, we are paying attention to what's happening with other campgrounds in the state of Florida due to the Coronavirus. State parks are closing and so are some private parks. International travelers are asked to return home and full-time RVers are trying to decide to stay put or go home and take risks traveling through crowded city areas.

Here's a few things that are happening as of March 20, 2020 in RV News - where you can get an idea of what's up in other states.

All campgrounds in Florida State Parks will be closed for the next 60 days.

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Most parks will remain open for day-use, however, the hours will be reduced to 8 am to 5pm. The following parks will be closed in order to balance necessary resources:

Due to county ordinances closing adjacent public beaches, the following state parks will be closed:

All Forest Service Campgrounds in Florida are closed as of March 20. See this document for a complete list of closures. In addition, several Fish and Wildlife Management Areas will be closing campgrounds and prohibiting camping. Check out their website here for more information on all of the individual areas.

Everglades National Park in Southern Florida will remain open, but visitor centers and entrance stations are closed until further notice. The front country campgrounds will be closed. Ranger-led programs and other visitor activities are canceled. Entrance fees are waived during this time.

City and County Parks

Brevard County Parks are still open, including Manatee Hammock, Wickham Park, and Longpoint Park Campground.

All community centers, nature centers and EEL education centers are closed. Beach-side public parking and beach-side parks are also closed.

Broward County Parks are closed, including C.B. Smith Park Campground, Easterlin Park Campground, Markham Park Campground, T.Y. Park (Topeekeegee)

Miami-Dade County Parks remain open: Larry & Penny Thompson Park

Monroe County (Florida Keys) Board of County Commissioners ordered the cancellation of all short-term (28 days or less) RV park reservations starting March 22. This applies to both public and private campgrounds. More information.

Pinellas County: Fort De Soto Campground is not accepting new reservations, but remains open for existing reservations.  Visitors can receive a full refund for reservations upon request.

Port St. Lucie County Parks is no longer accepting new reservations for Savannas Recreation Area Campground. All existing campers are encouraged to stay put through March 30.

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has suspended camping on all District-managed lands for 60 days, as of March 19. Public access for other recreation purposes (aside from camping) still remains open at this time.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) closed all of their campgrounds throughout the 16-county region for 30 days, effective March 18. Recreational activities are still currently allowed.

The Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD) is closing each of its reservation campsites and developed recreation areas beginning Monday, March 23, for the next 60 days. This includes picnic areas, swimming areas, and other developed recreation sites.

COE campground closures include three in the Jacksonville District: Ortona, St. Lucie, and W. P. Franklin N.

Individual parks

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is closed along with the theme parks, water parks, and their other lodging and attractions. They will remain closed at least through the end of the month (or until further notice).

Torry Island Campground in Belle Grade is temporarily closed.

Jetty Park Campground in Port Canaveral is closed until May 1st.

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