April 6-8th, 2015
The weather was beautiful in early April, there were light, fluffy clouds which didn’t rain. Our campsite was large, level, grassy, private, and within short walking distance of the river. The mosquitos were not that bad since there was about 50 feet between us and the river, and the light breeze kept the flies from irritating us. We brought citronella candles, as we always do, although they weren’t necessary on this trip.
There is a fenced precipice that looks out over the Crooked River which offers an excellent view for both sunrise and sunset. This particular campground offers 500 acres of beautiful woodlands (4 acres of hiking trails), geocaching, bike rentals, mini golf, birding, playgrounds for the kids, and river front activities such as fishing, kayaking, and boating.
We took the kids for their first ever game of mini golf, which they thoroughly enjoyed, especially since there were two endangered Gopher Tortoises fighting for the secret den under the second hole.
Many campsites have more to offer than one can do in a day or two; however, it is important to keep in mind that there are many historic sites and interesting locations close to these State Parks, one of which is the McIntosh Sugar Mill Tabby Ruins. This location is perfect for an afternoon picnic or stroll. This was my second favorite part of this camping trip, my favorite being when we drove down to Fernandina for a picnic on the beach. Eemz found a shark tooth and the children and I gathered many beautiful shells.