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    Posted: 19 Oct 2023 at 1:17pm
I have a new favorite spot near where I live in Jacksonville that I thought I'd share with folks on here. It might be particularly helpful to those traveling seasonally up and down the east coast or anyone specifically visiting Florida. Ocean Pond is due East of Jacksonville off I-10 near Lake City.

It is not near the ocean  (about 1 hour) and I'd call it a lake rather than a pond but in any case it's a great spot. The sites are first come first serve so they aren't booked up like other Florida spots. I always get a great spot mid-week mornings. I'd say late in the day Friday or Saturday might be harder but otherwise it's never been a problem. There is actually some dispersed camping nearby so if you ever got there and couldn't get a spot...

They have one loop with electric and water, another with only water and then a third they call "primitive." Decent bathrooms with showers. a "beach" area that was part of an old Florida resort back in the 1930s, and a boat launch. Several of the sites are on the water and I can usually get one where i can keep my kayak right in my site.  It's Forest Service so the prices are great (I think $30, $20, and $10) and about half that with a senior pass.

Also nearby is the Olustee Battlefield and museum which was the site of the largest Civil War Battle fought in Florida and they have a reenactment every Spring.

If you're thinking about going, post on here and I might zip on over there to say "hi" with my new camper.  I have been doing that a bit lately becuase its easy, close and very beautiful--I even commuted to work from there a couple of weeks ago.

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