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Offline Lawrence

Florida State Parks
« on: August 04, 2022, 03:51:50 pm »
Attempting to clarify whether Florida State Parks particularly in the Keys offer Biker/Hiker campsites.  No reservations, simply show up and a camp site will be available.  Thanks in advance.

Regards

Offline FlaSpin

Re: Florida State Parks
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2022, 05:12:37 pm »
Kinda/sorta...

According to what I've read, if a nearby campground can't be found, then the park will try to accommodate the touring cyclist for one night.

Here's a link to an FAQ page on State Park rules and such. Scroll down about halfway to item #22:
https://www.floridastateparks.org/plan-your-visit/faqs

I've also attached a PDF with info on Florida's hiker/biker policy:

 

Offline Lawrence

Re: Florida State Parks
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2022, 07:16:56 pm »
Thanks!

Offline John Nelson

Re: Florida State Parks
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2022, 08:29:31 pm »
I also note the following comment in the same FAQ that FlaSpin provided:

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All parks will close when they reach capacity.

Each park has a set carrying capacity which is established based on the estimated number of users a recreation resource can accommodate while maintaining the quality of the recreational experience and avoiding unacceptable resource degradation. Should a park close once they reach capacity, no further vehicles, bicycles or walk-in visitors will be allowed to enter until space becomes available – with exception to registered campers.

This seems to soften other information in the same FAQ that says that "park staff may use temporary space for one night to provide accommodation".

I would guess how helpful they will be may depend on the staff present when you get there. I might want to carry a copy of question 22 with me to help plead your case, just in case you find staff who are following the closed-campground rule.

Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: Florida State Parks
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2022, 08:52:25 am »
I am curious as to why at least a tent is normally required.  Perhaps for protection from things like snakes and other potentially bitey things?

Offline staehpj1

Re: Florida State Parks
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2022, 09:13:40 am »
I am curious as to why at least a tent is normally required.  Perhaps for protection from things like snakes and other potentially bitey things?
Just a guess, but maybe a way to exclude homeless people.  If so it is misguided since quite a few homeless folks may have tents and non homeless campers may use tarps, hoopless bivies, or hammocks.

Personally I'd be inclined to call my hoopless bivy and tarp a tent.  While I typically may not pitch the tarp in good weather in the case of at those parks I guess I would in the interest of trying to "sell" the tarp/bivy as a tent.  I doubt it is likely to be questioned if I just call it a tent.

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Florida State Parks
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2022, 03:49:35 pm »
It has been quite a few years since I last cycled the Florida Keys. If you are talking Hiker Biker camps like what they have in California, I do not think so. Maybe things have changed since I was last there.

Offline Ty0604

Re: Florida State Parks
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2022, 05:57:31 pm »
I am curious as to why at least a tent is normally required.  Perhaps for protection from things like snakes and other potentially bitey things?

Tents are required because they forbid folks from sleeping in their automobiles, meaning non-campers. Tents aren’t required for hikers/bikers.

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Offline hikerjer

Re: Florida State Parks
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2022, 09:02:38 pm »
This is an interesting question since I've long contemplated a trip through the Keys. It doesn't seem a particularly friendly bike touring area.  What strategies would you suggest for finding a camping site while biking from the mainland to Key West.

Thanks.