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Free Camping Near Tampa Florida | Cypress Creek Preserve
We’ve heard many people say, “it’s hard to find free camping in Florida!” Well, we’re here to bust that myth. Not only can you find free camping throughout the state, you can find it near big cities like Tampa.
We recently camped at Cypress Creek Preserve, located in Land O Lakes, Florida. In the info below we’ll share all the deets & GPS coordinates for your camping pleasure!
Let’s dive in.
Address: 5550 Parkway Blvd. / Land O Lakes, FL 34637
GPS Location: 28.2382, -82.4305
Miles to Downtown Tampa: 22 miles
Why You’ll Love It: Cypress Creek Preserve gives you the best of both worlds. The camp sites are tucked back into beautiful Florida nature with trees and brush for privacy. However, it’s also located within 4 miles of shopping & dinning options.
The site hosts many hiking & biking trails – best of all, they’re dog friendly! River, our pup, enjoyed hiking the area every day.
Keep In Mind: Florida Water Management boondocking requires a reservation. Here’s the site to do that. It’s seems cumbersome to reserve a free campsite, but I assure you it makes the experience better.
You’ll receive a gate code upon receiving your reservation. This locked gate prevent random traffic from driving though the grounds. It also guarantees the campground won’t be too crowded.
Onsite Amenities: This is standard dry-camping. No water or electric is provided. They do offer a port-o-potty at the campground, as well as fire rings & picnic tables.
Cell Connectivity: We used AT&T during our stay and never lost connection. The signal was strong enough for us to stream Netflix & Hulu. Reports also confirm Verizon service.
What’s The Word: Don’t just take our word! Penny on Campendium says:
We enjoyed the quiet beauty all around us. We pulled in and had to clean our site and the one next to us due to previous people leaving trash. Once we had it cleaned it was beautiful again, I hate to clean up after slobs but if we don’t then these free places will soon close. We will definitely return.
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If you haven’t tried free camping before, also known as boondocking, take a look at our beginners guide to boondocking filled with everything you need to know to get started.
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