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The SAFE way in

Here's the Hi-Holy entrance and the safe way in around the "Lot Scum" as told by the Hi-Holies themselves:

CAMPGROUND NAME: Hopkins Prairie

STATE: Florida

REGION: Southern




DIRECTIONS: From Salt Springs, Fl, take State Rt. 19 south 8.4 miles to Hopkins Prairie Rd. (NEW Forest Rd. 50 {OLD FR 86}). Turn right onto Hopkins Prairie Rd. and go about 3 miles to road on right (Forest Rt. 86-F). Turn right onto Rt. 86-F and go about 1 mile to campground.

Note: Forest Rds. 86 and 86-F are clay and lime rock.

GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 20 ft.

NOTE: This campground was renovated and upgraded to "developed" after the authors researched the Ocala National Forest. All information is provided by the Forest Service - Lake George Ranger District Office.

The campground is located adjacent to Hopkins Prairie (lake). Hopkins Prairie is referred to as a "prairie" or wetland. In other words, unless the "lake" area is full of water, tall grass is the visible vegetation with potholes of water. The predominate vegetation in the campground is Live and Laurel oaks. Some site have a nice scenic view of Hopkins Prairie.

The Florida National Scenic Trail runs by the campground. There is no trail head, but access to it is possible from the campground.

SEASONS Open Seasonal: No Open All Year: Yes

Comments: Maximum stay permitted: 14 days from April 15 through October 14; 30 days from October 15 through April 14.

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $6 per licensed, motorized vehicle per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 & 30

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 21
Total Sites: 21

Tent Pads: No Group Tent Sites: Yes Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes

No. Tables on Sites: 21 No. Grilles on Sites: 21

RV INFORMATION Hookups: None Group RV Sites: No No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 15' X 40'

Comments: The parking aprons are dirt and clay. There is a waste station at the Salt Springs campground (NF) in Salt Springs, FL - north on State Rt. 19 - $3 fee.

FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No

Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1 No. Threaded: 0

Comments: The water spigot is a hand pump.

WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No

Comments: The surface acreage of Hopkins Prairie is unknown. Water level varies from several feet to potholes of water. Contact the Lake George Ranger District Office for current water level. There is a 10HP limit on boat motors.

Silver Glen Springs is a swim area not far from the campground. Go back out to State Rt. 19 and travel south about 2 miles.