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  • Pine Log State Forest, FL

    Sand Pond Recreation Area

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    Sand Pond CG is a small campground located in the Pine Log State Forest near Ebro. It has 20 hookup sites, half of which are on the shore of a small fishing pond. Nearby are 4 primitive camping sites where RV's are not allowed.

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    This is one's first view of the pond and camping area on the far side. There's a fishing pier that extends out into the pond; it even has a roof for those hot summer days.

    Date of visit: Feb 2013

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    We got here on a Thursday morning before a three-day weekend. State parks were all booked solid, but since Sand Pond does not accept reservations, we figured we'd be in good shape. And we were - plenty of sites to choose from. Site 8 overlooks the pond through the pines. Amazingly, I was able to get an excellent satellite TV signal between the trees using the roof-top antenna; I had been certain I'd have to set up the portable dish.

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    Sites 5 and 6.

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    Site 7.

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    Site 4 is a small site across the road from the pond. It's really suitable for tents, vans or pop-ups.

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    Site 2 overlooks the pond.

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    Sites 11 and 12 also have a view of the pond.

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    Here is site 15, located past the point where sites are near the pond.

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    Sites 17 and 19.

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    Site 20.

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    There's a small, clean bathhouse with free hot showers.

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    About a mile from the main campground, in an area called Hagar Landing, are three primitives sites. This is site 1, which requires a walk of a few hundred feet from your car. RV's are not allowed at these sites.

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    Primitive site 2.

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    Primitive site 3. Due to recent heavy rains, the campsite is very close to being flooded.

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    There are miles of hiking and biking trails through the forest, some of them accessible from the campground. One of the shorter trails is a 2 mile loop around the campground and two ponds, one of which is in the middle of a large cypress grove.


     20 sites w/ electric hookups - $20 (half-price for seniors)

    Dump station, showers

    Coordinates: 30.429196 N, 85.881619 W

    Elevation: 102'


    Fishing, biking, hiking