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Ginnie Springs
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Reviewed 2 March 2008

Our family camping trip turned out to be a very traumatic experience for my 5 year old and 3 year old. Even though the kids were free to stay the folks at the front desk should warn you that they may not be welcomed at Gin (as in the liquor) Springs. Great place for students, vagabonds, hippies, rednecks, and all-night party seekers. I'll give the divers a break. The few we met were very kind but most of them laughed sarcastically when asked if they would be camping and bugged out around sunset. After a night of no sleep we packed up our belongings at sunrise and split. As we were leaving we decided to stop by the front desk and ask for a refund. The manager told us that we should have picked a quieter spot to camp. She offered us a rain check and told us that this is not a state park and partying is encouraged here!

Stayed: March 2008
4  Thank campor
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Reviewed 17 February 2008

Ginnie Springs is beautiful. I've been going there at least once a year for the past 9 years and have always enjoyed the park and the river. The *only* downside is the noise level if there happen to be loud campsites along the river. Noise travels on the river VERY well. We've always stayed on the river so I cannot speak for the rest of the campground's noise level at night. This past weekend I was there with a group of 5 and the river sites were full. The campsite two sites down played rave music until 11pm but my group doesn't go to bed til after that anyway so it didn't bother us much...but if I had kids or wanted to sleep before 11 I'd have been out of luck. Regardless, I recommend Ginnie Springs for a camping trip with the benefit of beautiful river scenery and activities such as snorkeling, canoeing, tubing, scuba, volleyball and wildlife viewing (a hawk was chasing a squirrel through the trees when we arrived at our site and fish were jumping in the river all day long...). On a clear night there are also amazing views of the stars. Just remember to bring your earplugs!! :)

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 August 2007

Wow!
If your idea of fun is 200 beautiful acres of nothing but loud, shirtless, beer drinking, truck driving, ATV driving idiots, then this place is for you my friend. One word of caution, watch where you step, the entire park is covered in beer bottle caps that shine in the Florida sunshine.....even in the springs! It's a damn crying shame that such a beautiful place is being absolutely trashed. This place has sooooo much potential that is going down the drain. It's probably a great place during the week when everyone who has a job is working, but I would avoid the place on the weekends and when school is out..........that is if these people actually go to school!? As far as the springs themselves are concerned, they are a site to behold and are fantastic and beautiful. The staff was very helpful and kind, but the camp sites are left wanting. Very dirty, lots of trash and the electric and water hook ups are on the wrong side of the sites! Did get to see some wild life other than the naked drunks......several wild turkeys and a hawk visited our site. The best thing that could happen to Ginnie Springs would be for the State or Federal government to come in and make it a park!

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 July 2007

I can understand why some people have given this place a bad review. Ginnie Springs is not for the people who are used to a quite campsite in a state park. There is drinking and there is partying. From my experience though the best way to avoid this is to reserve one of the electric sites, even if your just camping. This area mainly has RV's and Travel Campers. It might be more expensive but it also seems to be a lot quieter and you get a larger site that you can hook up a fan or your radio to the electricity hookup. The campground though is wonderful, the people that work there are kind and knowledgable, and the facilities are well maintained. The spring and river are beautiful but very busy during the weekend and remember to bring your snorkeling gear and tube. For those that haven't gone before, beware, this place is huge! There are tons of wilderness campsites and it's a hike to get from one end to the other.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 July 2007

The place has nice water and scenery but the people in it make it very bad. Mostly young 20's or less drinking away from early day to the next morning. A lot of yelling on the water and off the water. A big fight broke out in front of us with one guys nose getting broken. The very young adults ride on the back of pickup trucks standing up screaming as they go through the campsites from 8pm-2am looking for partiers which of course you hear sreams back from the campsites that are drinking away. You will not get sleep if you camp here. The morning was disgusting with the aftermath shown at each campsite with people passed out everywhere and anywhere with bottles and junk littered all over. If you want to get plastered and party away this is your place. If you want a nice quiet get away stay far far away.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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