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Exploring Kelly Park State Park In Florida (Local Guide)

Exploring Kelly Park State Park In Florida (Local Guide)

We have enjoyed our time at Venice beaches in Florida and visited numerous thrift shops in South Florida, but now it’s time to look at the gorgeous Kelly Park State Park.

This scenic state park is otherworldly with its natural beauty, wildlife, and the river running through. It’s a beautiful sight and something we do recommend for those who are coming to this part of the state.

It’s common for people to come to observe the water and also appreciate the natural charm of this place. We were impressed by its overall ambiance because it’s unlike anything else we have seen in this region.

Since this is a park spread across 300+ acres, there is ample space for you to settle in. We know it’s a famous state park in Florida but it’s also one that is so large you are going to always find a spot to settle in.

We took a day to come here and just appreciate the trails running through the park along with the tubing opportunities in the water. If you are someone who likes those types of water activities, you are going to feel right at home here.

The Rock Springs Run is fantastic and adds to your experience.

Let’s take a look at our experience at Kelly Park State Park and whether or not we liked it.

Admission To Kelly Park State Park

  • One Vehicle (Max 2 People) – $3
  • One Vehicle (3-8 People) – $5
  • Bicycle – $1

We recommend coming earlier in the day if you are going to want to find a spot for a larger vehicle. It’s not easy to find a spot when the weather is good because there are limited parking spots.

At that point, your only option is going to be to come on a bike or by foot.

Things To Do At Kelly Park

Rock Spring Run

Camp Joy is the place you are going to want to be when it’s time to head into the water.

You will often see people enjoying themselves by heading into the river because of the water flow. This increased water flow helps with kayaking, tubing, and more.

We had a lovely time doing this when the sun was out because it helps keep you cool too. The only way you are going to be able to do this is to get to Camp Joy and then head to Rock Springs Run. It’s a strong stream but a fun one too!

A lot of people just want to do a bit of paddling in the water and you should be able to get a few hours in as you get to the Emerald Cut. It’s common for people to aim for this when they are in the water even though this is heading against the water.

Another option is to go with the water to Wekiva Island.

This is a good option assuming it’s not too busy. We liked doing this and it was a lot of fun to be in the water.

Enjoy The Wildlife

When we took the time to roam around, we noticed wildlife throughout the park.

This adds to the ambiance and it also makes you feel like you’re on an adventure. The authenticity and beauty of the wildlife all around you is something unique and charming.

We had a lovely time with the birds flying around and the turtles near the water. It is a fascinating sight and it’s something you are not going to get to see all the time.

It’s an experience we would highly recommend to those who love being outdoors.

Please do note that there are spots where you are going to have to pay a small fee. This is going to depend on where you are going as the campsites are going to have the additional fee attached to them and these need to be paid for.

We would look into this beforehand.

RVing At Kelly Park State Park

We took the time to take the RV to the park, so this is an added element we are going to want to discuss in greater detail.

Was it worth it?

We would say it was indeed worth it!

The experience was unique because everything has been set up in a way where it’s well-maintained. This keeps things simple for those who are looking for ample space and don’t want to worry about the on-site amenities.

Once you pay the fee to get onto the campsite, you are going to enjoy the overall experience.

We took the time to enjoy the bathroom, picnic area, and the overall vibe of the campsite in the state park.

For most people, this is important as you are going to be spending a bit of time there before you begin to explore the state park.

The one thing we are going to want to note will be the amount of RVs that are going to be in the area. While there is ample space, there are limited spots for those who can enter. This is something you are going to want to consider.

We would recommend going earlier in the morning to make sure you do get a spot. This is often the case for those who are going to be heading down there on the weekend.

Kelly Park is a beautiful place, which means people are going to want to camp out over there. We would look into this and make sure to prepare by going earlier. This will save you the hassle of being rejected at the entrance!

Final Thoughts

This is the charm of going to the Kelly Park State Park.

It’s a nice park and it’s one you are going to adore if you are an outdoorsy person. We would recommend taking the RV out to the campsites and picking a spot there.

If you are going during the summer, it will be a lovely time.

You can also read about RVing in Florida, taking a day trip from Tampa, and visiting a town in Florida’s Panhandle.