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Fort De Soto Park

3500 Pinellas Bayway S.
Tierra Verde, FL 33715
No Email Address
16 Reviews
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We had site #226 which was a tight fit. Could not put our awning out but after the wind gusts (from 10-20) we were glad we didn't try. Bathhouses have washer/dryers, sites have only a stand up grill and a picnic table. No ground fires unless you use a container. There is a camp store with very basic items, a museum, pier, beautiful beaches, ferry to Egmont Key, nature trails, rentals for kayaks, canoes windsurfing, a nice bicycle path with jitneys to rent, boat ramp (can keep boat in water at your site if on water)Pet playground(near beach) and kids playgrounds in camping areas. Anything you want to do for recreation can be had here. We were camping with our large group and used a pull thru site for our meal which was plenty big enough. The PT's all dogleg strangely and most have trees that lean into them. Choose site very carefully because last year when we camped here we had to replace our entire 5th wheel roof because of trees that lean into the road (beware area 2 site #151 near bathhouse) The rangers know about these trees but do not trim them at all.NRP This was our first outing with our new motorhome and we enjoyed the park.

Received from for visit in Apr 2008

Site Number: 226
Stay Again? YES
What a fantastic park! There is so much to do here - 2 fishing piers, beaches, playground, canoe trails, miles of bike trails, the Fort itself. The sites are shaded, lots of privacy. Our site was a waterfront site with a little private beach. The bathrooms are clean and well maintained. My only complaint is that they are a little pricey for a county park. We paid $39 a night.

Received from Cyndy B for visit in Mar 2007

Site Number: 130
Stay Again? YES
Very hard to get into, because it is well worth the effort. Most sites are on the water..well buffered, yet open on the waterside so you can meet your neighbors. Beautiful beaches, a doggy beach and great trail over by north beach (picnic area). It is a little ways, via a $.35 toll, to market, but a wonderful location. If you want a campfire, bring a big metal bucket and bricks to set off ground.

Received from Cyndy for visit in Feb 2008

Site Number: 109
Stay Again? YES
One of the most enjoyable parks we have ever visited. Site was on the water and deep enough for our travel trailer and tow vehicle (we didn't have to unhitch). Woods keeps sites initimate and there are plenty of animals to watch (including raccoons). Facilities were clean and park personnel very polite and helpful. We went to the beach, visited the fort, biked, and canoed. If this park had sewer, it would be a five.


Received from Robert T for visit in Dec 2006

Site Number: 128
Stay Again? YES
Fort De Soto is one of the best campgrounds we have ever stayed in. The location is gorgeous, the sites have good privacy and are very roomy, and one of the best beaches in the world is a short drive away. Many sites are on the small bays and inlets around the key. The restrooms and showers are clean and pleasant. A few sites are difficult to back into because of large trees and narrow roads. Our site, #91, was a real bear. I had 4 people directing me in and made it without mishap. If you need some on-site camper repair we recommend Keith's Mobile RV Services, Inc. (get his card at the front office). We had lost our awning to heavy rain earlier on our trip and Keith came out to the site and replaced it when promised and at a fair price.

Received from Ronald G for visit in Apr 2007

Site Number: 91
Stay Again? YES
Our second stay at Fort Desoto and it was even better. Sites are very private and some are huge. You can't beat the price either for its location. Make sure you get reservations early, or you will have to wait outside the office for a walk up (starting at 6am after June 1). Make sure you keep your food out of the reach of the raccoons. They aren't shy.


Received from Robert T for visit in May 2007

Site Number: 127
Stay Again? YES
We traveled here from Ontario Canada, not sure what we were going to find post Katrina. The site we were on was exactly as the reservation site showed- we we so impressed. We have stayed at many different parks, but this was by far the best. The beach was wonderful. We stayed in the park just after the kids in Florida had gone back to school, so the park was not busy at all. We had many different birds and a dolphin mother and her baby at the bay our site looked onto. My daughter actually prefered to stay at the campground for most of our trip- she didn't even want to go to Disney (45 minutes away) until the day before we left. The only negative for me was the racoons who seem to have the skills of a pick pocket- they even tried to get into our tent one night. I would stay here again and again.

Received from CE for visit in Apr 2007

Site Number: 100
Stay Again? YES
This was an awesome camping experience. Very beautiful park that is very clean and very well maintained. More to do than you would think possible. The campgound is quiet and lushly tropical even in the winter. We're ready for our return trip in June.

Received from Mike P for visit in Dec 2006

Site Number: 157
Stay Again? YES
I like this campground a lot. It is my favorite so far! It is very sanitary in the bathrooms and showers. I enjoy how there is close by beaches dog parks and grocery stores arround. I am always satisfied with every stay!!

Received from Kelsi for visit in Oct 2006

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
Great county park on Tampa Bay. Very tropical setting, many waterfront sites and some pull throughs. Narrow roads will test your backing skills


Received from Alan B for visit in Jun 2006

Site Number: 205
Stay Again? YES
This park has it all. The beach the fishing, dog park and beach & playground. It has an activity for every child in your family no matter what age. People were very friendly and the sea breeze made for nice evening gatherings.

Received from Shelly F for visit in Apr 2006

Site Number: 132
Stay Again? YES
Just a great place to camp.All of the previous comments are right on. Well run CG and worth the $$$. It is difficult to get into at times but well worth the effort. Bathrooms were very clean and available.Sites were fairly wide. We have a reservation for Nov.'06 for another weekend in paradise on the water.

Received from Bill R for visit in May 2006

Site Number: 125
Stay Again? YES
Fort Desoto State Park on the Southern Tip of St. Petersburg is top notch. Great sites with lots of vegetation and some sites waterfront. Also has huge beach within biking distance (1 mile or so) along with historic fort.

Received from S L for visit in 2005

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
This is a Pinellas County park and one of the nicest parks we have been to. Camping fees are bit higher than Florida State Parks but well worth it. Bathrooms: clean, plenty of showers and toilets, 2 facilities on each loop. Sites: very well shaded, sand/dirt/leaves, ample privacy, some have water view, water/electric, grills, picnic tables (no fire pits). Lots of critters, watch hoses, they like to bite them. Other: park also offers pet camping area, tent/popup area and large RV area (popups and tents are allowed in all areas, we prefer the large RV area, best water views). Beach access in park and historic fort, pet friendly beach area and fenced dog park, bike/rollerblading/walking trails, various recreational rentals on site (canoes, kyaks, etc..) boat shuttle to Egmont Key, boat landing.

Received from Christi for visit in Nov 2004

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
There is not too much more I can add to the first submitted review. We LOVE the place. When we left to go home last week, hubby said "why would you camp anywhere else - this place has EVERYTHING to do camping". He's right! The worst thing about it is it's booked up most of the time.

Received from Cindy for visit in Mar 2006

Site Number: 67
Stay Again? YES
Just a beautiful park. The sites are widely spaced with lots of vegetation for privacy. Lots of nice, flat, paved biking trails. The beach is close enough to bike to, and it is beautiful. The only negative is no sewer, but they do have dump stations. If you get a waterfront site, you can kayak or canoe right from your site. We will definitely return.

Received from Cindi for visit in Mar 2005

Site Number: 205
Stay Again? YES

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