Camping In Florida
Park at a trail-head if you intend to only sleep for a single night. If you want to camp for up to fourteen days, then check with a Forest Service District Ranger Office to determine whether there are dispersed roadside campsites in national forest jurisdiction. Camping within National Forest developed campgrounds in Ocala National Forests is a fee of about $20 per night, not a bad deal if it means that you do not need to drive to a remote area for “free” dispersed camping. Leave-no-trace.
Although you mention staying inside your car, an adequate, cheap, fair-weather tent is only going to cost you about $30, another $30 for a comfortable air mattress. Sleeping inside a car, especially on a hot evening, can be miserable compared to spending a half-hour setting-up a tent camping experience.
Florida Hikes provides a map of trailheads in Central Florida.
Ocala National Forest is within the area where you intend to sleep overnight.
The Ocala National Forest is located north of Orlando between the Ocklawaha and St. Johns Rivers. Encompassing approximately 383,000 acres, it is the southernmost forest in the continental United States and protects the world’s largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest.
Although it is centered on high, dry, central scrub ridges, the Ocala National Forest is rich in water resources with more than 600 lakes, rivers, and springs, including three first-magnitude springs. Each an oasis surrounded by subtropical growth, our springs are some of the finest and clearest in the United States. Visitors can swim, snorkel, and dive in these crystalline waters year-round. Where are the best places to camp in Florida?