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Rainbow Springs State Park

Dunnellon, Florida


10830 SW 180th Avenue Rd.
Dunnellon, Florida 34432
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Sites: 54
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 29.08683
Longitude: -82.41754

Elevation: 44' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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Review Count: 110
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 43

Date of Stay: March, 2019 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Enjoyed our stay here. FHU and a variety of sites from sunny to very shaded, ours was sunny which was fine in March. Dunnellon is such a nice little town and the park is divided by the Rainbow river which originates at the spring. A few OTA TV channels and a couple of bars of Verizon service. Washer/dryers were reasonable at $1.25 each. We would stay here again. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B2
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

Eat outside at Swampy's and enjoy the river traffic.

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Review Count: 91
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Don't go here without a car or truck to get around. There are two sections to the park. The camping section has only one trail while the other section is full of waterfalls, the springs, and miles of trails. However, you can't get there without a car. The roads don't have a shoulder for biking. You can canoe up to the head springs but it is $50 for the day, and Uber costs $25 one-way. The camp sites are flat but not level. There's electricity, water, and sewer (did not use). There is a washer and dryer at each bathhouse. So, the camping is good but frustrating if you like to hike. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
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Review Count: 52
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Terrific place to kayak crystal clear waters. Large private campsites in most cases. The gardens are also lovely.

Sites 1-42 are more private and have more shrubbery between sites. Also seem more level than higher numbered sites. But the highest numbered tent sites are very private too if you are tent camping. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Two kayak launches, one in spring head, one in campground. If you have your own kayak, it is easier to launch from campground, where you can drive up fairly close to river. Try Blue Gator and Swampys restaurants, both on river. We watched otters from Swampy's outdoor tables.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: December, 2018 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

Only complaint I could think of is no WIFI or cable if you have time to miss it! Awesome visit! We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Surface
Sand, Gravel, Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

This park was one of the best State Parks we have stayed in Florida. The springs is beautiful! We did the tubing down the rainbow river and that was a blast! The campsites are beautiful and private. We stayed in site 22, which was a great site! We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed in spot 44 in loop A. Most spots are shaded and isolated with gravel drives and fairly large. Should be able to back in with about any rig and reach all the utilities. By no means was 44 the nicest spot, but that was all that was available. There are other great spots. Like all Florida State Parks, it is tough to get in on short notice on the weekend. Restrooms/showers were old but adequate and clean. Staff was OK but not exactly enjoying their job. Be sure to have a cell phone handy because they close the outer gate and you have to call for a gate number (phone # outside gate). You can walk about .2 miles to small swimming area in the river (strong current) or rent a tube ($20) and tube down the river and get picked up by a bus and taken back to the campground. This is very nice on a hot Summer day. No alcohol allowed and it is enforced. Do not take ANYTHING disposable on the river or you will be fined. I would stay there again, especially with family and friends. Town of Dunellon is a nice town to visit. Be sure to go to the campground which is on the east side of the river. Your GPS won't direct you to the campground. It is about 6 to 7 miles further than the headquarters/day use parking area. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
44 loop A
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Campground is fantastic. Wish there was parking near the river. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed at site 34 with 37 foot motor home. Camp was clean. A lot of walk through in our site from people cutting through to the bathrooms. This site has little to no privacy. The check in lady was a little testy when I didn't have my information for the site on hand. The river was nice, (took an inflatable boat out.) and water was very clear. Would come back again, but not that site. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
34
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 130
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 75

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Another very nice Florida State Park. There are three loops in the campground. The A loop is pretty open with no privacy between sites and is pretty busy and noisy since it is next to the kids playground and tenting sites. Loops B and C have a lot more privacy and shade with the trees and shrubs. All full hookups and most are big rig friendly. Some lovely walking trails through the woods, and since we were there off season, we were able to walk the 4 mile round trip shuttle road with our dogs every morning. Very dog friendly, but a big ding is lack of dog bags and waste stations anywhere in the park. Another ding is that they only recycle aluminum. We had clear sky for satellite reception, and surprising to us, AT&T data was useable. Decent Verizon coverage. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C08
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Rainbow river is pretty cool and decent to paddle on, but the crowds, noise, and development along the river turned us off. Luckily, one of our favorite fresh water kayaking areas, Silver Springs, is about a 45 minute drive, so we headed there several times.

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Review Count: 86
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 29

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

I can only add a few comments to previous reviews. The laundry room in the ranger station has four washers and dryers which are in excellent condition. Washers and dryers were $1.25 per load. Cell service, T-Mobile, is good and clear sky for satellite. Dunnellon is within a 20 minute drive from the park. We launched our kayak from the park and paddled up to the spring head in beautiful clear water. The current was about two knots, distance was about a mile or so. The Blue Run in Dunnellon is a great bike or walking path, all black top paving. This is a campground not to be missed for Florida visitors. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
29
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Swampy's has good food and beer. Leave your vehicle there if you can arrange a pickup back to the campground and then paddle down river. Swampy's has parking for kayakers in a separate lot.

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Review Count: 98
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 31

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great park n Dunnellon, Florida with easy access to the Rainbow River. The sites are large and level on hard packed sand There is a mixture of some sites that have heavy vegetation covered by trees and some that are more open. The facilities are all very clean and in good condition. The have a laundry room with multiple machines and a pool table here. There are hiking trails in the park but just up the road a few miles is a large park called Blue Run of Dunnellon if you want more hiking and biking opportunities. The river is gorgeous so get out your kayak or boat and enjoy a day on the lazy river. The water is clear in some spots and warm due to the spring that feeds into it. The rangers were very nice and the power was strong 50 amps. Some sites also have sewer connections. There's a walmart super center about 15 minutes away. There are fun restaurants and plenty of activities nearby like boat rentals, water taxis etc. OTA channels were decent. ATT hotspot was weak at 2.5 d/l but Verizon was good at 24 d/l. I was able to get ATT up to 6 d/l with the weboost booster.I did not try T mobile. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B43
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Large private sites. Quiet. Verizon cell service a little weak but available. Received a few local TV stations. Shower/restroom/laundry just a short distance away. Short walk to the Rainbow River. Canoe and kayak rentals available through the ranger station. Tubing available in season. Campground entrance is about 7 miles away from Rainbow Springs State Park entrance. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 26 Loop C
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Sites 1-43 are on two loops in a very natural Florida environment with plenty of tress, palmettos, etc. Sites 44-53 and the tent sites are in a parking lot environment with just site 50 having trees and shade. For our 40 foot fifth wheel, our favorite sites were 13 and 21 both of which were long easy back-ins with plenty of trees. While in the park we were visited by raccoons who drug off the bird feeders, possum, rats (yugh) and the bird feeders were kept very busy. We were here off-season but April-September they run a tram that ferries tubers back up from the tube takeout to the campground. The water entrance at the campground is an easy one mile paddle down river from the spring head. The park is well-maintained and the staff were friendly and professional. Wood is available for a $7 "donation." They do rent kayaks and canoes. You can also fish and swim at the dock and beach. This is natural Florida folks. It is beautiful. Enjoy. Interior roads are paved and sites are gravel and/or packed sand. Generally level and spacious. NOTE: If a Florida resident over 65 yo camping fee is 50% off year-round. Park is about 20 miles from Ocala to the East or Crystal River to the west. Take a drive to either for shopping or visit Silver Springs or the Crystal River. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop C - Site 21
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go fishing. Paddle up to the spring head or float down. We used Aquatic Wilderness Adventures to ferry our kayaks up to the KP County park and then took a leisurely float back down to the take out. Have lunch or dinner at Swampys and enjoy a beer as you watch others on the water. Not much in the way of "trails" but you can take some small hikes. We also rode our bicycles on the tram trail.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

One of our favorite campgrounds for many reasons. Full hookups, well placed within raised and timber enclosed pedestals. Level, gravel surfaced sites with plenty of room and privacy for us, although some sites looked a little tight for the large rigs with multiple slides. Each site in our loop had a fire ring, grill, picnic table and clothesline. There are two loops, one with mostly open sites, some wooded and some tent camping, and a second loop with privacy for each site. The first loop has rest rooms and a large laundry room in the same building with the ranger, and includes a rec room with tv, pool and ping pong. The second loop (our preference) has two very nice bathhouses that were kept spotless during our stay, and each has a washer and dryer as well. You can rent canoes/kayaks from the ranger office at a reasonable rate and launch them (or your own) a short walk to the campground river access, where you can also swim in the crystal clear spring water. We really enjoyed the river and wildlife, which included eagles, cormorants, river otters, and even wild pigs in the campground. We also enjoyed biking in the campground, including along the paved tram road that runs down to the river (tram doesn't run in February). We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
39
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Blue Run park, just south of Rainbow Springs State Park and across the street from "Swampy's" restaurant is where the Rainbow River from the State Park head springs joins the Withlachoochee river. Free kayak launching from there, as well a great flat bike ride. Close shopping and a few restaurants in Dunnelon with Walmart and Winn Dixie. La Rue's ice cream shop and "Go For Donuts" are a must, as is Just a Cupcake with great sups, sandwiches and desserts.

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Review Count: 199
States Visited: 45
Helpful Reviews: 106

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is a pretty nice campground, with decently spaced level sites. Some sites (like ours) were mostly open with no trees or privacy, while some others were heavily wooded and you can't see your neighbor. If you're visiting for tubing down the river you'll find this a great place to stay. However we found the campground to be a bit far from stores and restaurants. We also usually had no AT&T signal, and Verizon had 1-2 bars and was very slow in the evenings. There are several trails around the campground that were good for dog walks, but our dog did step on several stickers/goatheads. We had full hookups which was nice, so we didn't check out the showers. We were able to receive mail and packages during our stay - this seems to be common at FL state parks which we very much appreciate. Given the poor cell signal and distance from stores, we probably won't return, but if those drawbacks don't bother you, it's still a nice place to stay. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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