Category Archives: Camping

CS 13 – New River, Tate’s Hell State Forest

Reserve this site at Reserve America, CS 13, New River, Tate’s Hell State Forest, Juniper Creek section. When you get to this campsite, locate closest point you can get cell coverage. If you call 911, use 2900 New River Campsite #13 Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest, GPD 29.97152, -84.72610. First responders will not be able to located you just by campsite number. Reserve America will not include this information with your confirmation.

The entry is long, ensuring you privacy.

The primary campsite is small for the New River campsites, but a flat, grassy area allows for camping away from the river.

Unless the tenter has a good air mattress, these roots may make for an uncomfortable sleep.

But there are options are this site.

Even at low water levels it seems possible to enter into and return from the river in a canoe or kayak.

The view upriver, and below that the view downriver.

Only during early spring, golden clubs blooming in the ditch along the site.

CS #14, New River, Tate’s Hell State Forest

You can reserve this site at Reserve America, CS 14, New River, Tate’s Hell State Forest, Juniper Creek section. When you get to your site, find the closest place to get a cell signal. If you call 911, the address you should give is 3080 New River Campsite #14 Road, Tate’s Hell state Forest, GPS 29.98293–84.73386. First responders will not be able to find you if you only give the camp site number. Reserve America will not have this information on your confirmation.

A long entry to the campsite leading to a level, dry site.

The lower section at low water can be used as a recreation area, but when the water is higher, will be wet. This was taken when the river was very low, particularly for February.

There is another section which is flat and dry enough to accommodate other tents or parking.

One should be able to access the river with a canoe or kayak easily in most conditions.

When taken the river was so low this option would be risky — there was a drop to the water from the edge.

Low water levels offer other possibilities.

The view from this site is beautiful: upriver view and below that downriver view.

CS #15 – New River (east), Tate’s Hell State Forest

Reserve this site on Reserve America, CS 15, New River, Tate’s Hell State Forest, Juniper section. When you reach the campsite, find the closest location to get a cell signal. If you call 911 use 3270 Rock Landing Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest, as your address, GPS 29.98965, -84.73772. First responders will not be able to locate you by just your campsite number. Reserve America will not have this information on your confirmation.

Take Rock Landing Road off CR 67 and it will take you to this site.

It’s a short entry, bordered by ditches which empty into the New River.

It is a relatively small site, compared to the other sites on East River Road, but it does have way for motorized boats (small ones) to launch when it’s not so muddy and wet. There are exposed roots, limiting the number of tents which can comfortably fit here.

The lower level of this campsite would probably only to be used for play or for launching boats, not for setting up tents. It’s as large as the dry upper section of this campsite.

The site is not quite as well situated to capture the full river view, but the view would be welcome, particularly at dawn and dusk.

CS 16, New River (east), Tate’s Hell State Forest

Reserve your campsite at Reserve America, CS 16, New River, Tate’s Hell State Forest, Juniper Creek section. When you get to your campsite, find the closest location with cell connection. If you call 911, use 3400 New River Campsite #16 Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest, GPS 29.99379, -84.74567. First responders will not be able to locate you if you give only a campsite number. Reserve America does not include this information on your confirmation.

It’s a relatively short entry drive, but a much larger site than campsite 17. However, for tenters, there are exposed pine roots which may make for uncomfortable sleeping if you do not have a good air mattress. This is a good site for hammock campers because of the number of trees situated throughout the campsite.

There’s a fairly expansive area under the pines and between palmettos to dig your pits.

The launching area, has deteriorated since we last camped this site several years ago, after paddling the upper 9.5 miles of the New River. The banks have eroded some so bringing up kayaks to the campsite level may require surer footing than before.

Leaving your boats in this cut is not recommended. Although the tidal current is not felt as much up here, the water does rise with the incoming tide. There is no way to secure your boats in that channel. We were glad we did when we camped here — early morning the channel had enough water to float away any boat left there unsecured.

The view of the river is calming, particularly with your morning coffee and your evening tea.

This is a good site for paddlers, even with the effort required to get your boats up the bank.

CS 17 – New River, Tate’s Hell State Forest



Reserve this site at Reserve America, campsite 17, Tates Hell State Forest, Juniper Creek section. When you arrive here, find the closest area you can get cell coverage. If you call 911 give 3650 New River Campsite #17 Road, GPS 30.00983, -84.75582, as your address. First responders will not know how to reach you with just a campsite number. Reserve America does not include this information in your confirmation.

This is our favorite site in Tate’s Hell — we love paddling the upper New River, doing it up and back without shuttle. Except for the late winter, early spring months, the river is not fully navigable, but going up and back means we don’t have to drag the kayaks over shallow areas with insufficient water which might happen if we paddle downriver only. It can be a challenging 9.5 mile paddle: tree falls across the river, strainers and fast currents can make for surprises which can tax even experienced paddlers. It’s aggravating to find oneself being pricked or entangled by green briers which seem to be the most persistent vine on this part of the river. There is no close road access for about 9 miles of this section of the river.

Once a year, we organize a paddle when the full river should be navigable, starting at FR 22 east of Sumatra. If we do the whole river to Pope Place, we camp here with the group, which we did in 2018. Photo from that trip is posted in a previous post. This year we plan to end the trip at this campsite, making it a shorter 1 day trip.

This site easily holds 8 single person small tents with enough room to spare for a canopy. For tent campers there are fewer exposed tree roots on this site than other sites on the New River.

There is a fire pit which is to the left of the picnic table.

The launching area is one of the best of the Tate’s Hell SF campsites. One has a choice of a grassy/sandy flume (unlike the Dry Bridge Creek flume which is muddy) or a wider access to a lower section of the campsite which allows for several boats to be launched at the same time.

The river was low when we were there, usually the water will come up part to where the first set of cypress knees (on left) , making for easy access.

This is how the site looks from the river when the water is low.

Clearly, the flume cannot be used when the water is this low.

Note, that although the tidal current is not too noticeable this far up the river, the incoming tide will raise the water levels. Boats should be always secure if not brought up to the campsite.

This site flooded when a group of paddlers were camping here years ago. The river rises and falls much more rapidly than one would expect and the lowest tenter was the first to raise the alarm after everyone had fallen asleep. All tents had to be moved to the entry road.

This and many of the sites along the New River are leased during hunting season.

The upper river view is shown first, then the lower river view.

When we organize a group paddle for camping here, we rent a portable toilet. It is too difficult for individual holes to be dug here because of the tree roots. When camping with a family, a single large pit dug ahead of time with dirt troweled lightly after each use, is possible.

CS 18 – Boundary Road Campsite in Tate’s Hell State Forest

Reserve this site with Reserve America, Campsite 16, Tate’s Hell State Forest, Juniper Creek section. When you get to your site, check best location for cell phone reception. If you call 911 give 3400 New River Campsite #16 Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest, GPS 29.99379, -84.74567. First responders will not be able to locate you by your campsite number only. Reserve America does not include this information in your confirmation.

The easiest way to get to this campsite is to access Boundary Road from CS 67 and drive west for about 10 miles. Boundary road ends in Campsite 18. It has a long entry road.

It is a large grassy site.

Adjacent to the entry road are drainage ditches.

The low spot below is behind the campsite.

This is a site where a portable toilet (with biodegradable, disposable bags) may be more suitable than trying to find a space 200 feet from water (which eventually drains into one of the creeks).

Although it seems to be on New River on the forestry map, this site is not located on the river.

CS 19-21, Country Line OHV Campground, Tate’s Hell State Forest

While this campground, with vault toilet, has been designated as an OHV (off highway vehicle) campground, anyone may reserve campsites 20 and 21. The third campsite, 19, is a walk-in site. This site is very close to CR 67 and may make for a good stopover night for those traveling through. It is a primitive campsite, except for the vault toilet.

Reserve campsites 20 and 21 at Reserve America, Tate’s Hell State Forest, OHV Campground. When you arrive check the closest point which will get you cell connection. If you call 911, give 2000 County Line Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest, as your address. GPS 30.01140, -84.61603. First responders will not be able to find you if you just give a campsite number. Reserve America will not include this address with your confirmation.

You should bring a spare roll of toilet tissue and a disinfectant spray, just in case. Hand sanitizers are not provided. There is no water at the site.

A map of OHV trails is posted on the toilet wall as well as a individual trail information. Your machine must be equipped with a spark arrester. Other rules and informational pamphlets are also available here.

Campsite #19

Campsite #19 is a walk-up, non-reservable site.

It is a smallest of the 3 sites and will fit an RV or a family sized tent or 2 two person tents comfortably.

Campsite 20:

This is a reservable site which is larger than the walk-up site, but smaller than 21. It lies between campsite 19 and 21 — the sites are close to each other and lack privacy, particularly since many trees were felled by Hurrican Michael in October, 2018.

With a saw, however, and axe, you’ll have all the free campwood you need (2019).

Campsite 21:

Campsite 21 is reservable. It is the largest of the 3 sites and can hold a medium sized RV or trailer and a small tent comfortably.

Bring a saw and axe, if you wish free firewood for your fire pit (in 2019).

You must bring your own water. These are primitive campsites.

Pack out what you bring.

CS #22 Bus Stop Campsite in Tate’s Hell State Forest

Reserve this site at Reserve America, CS #22 Bus Stop in Tate’s Hell State Forest, Juniper Creek section. When you get to your site, check the nearest point which will get you cell coverage. If you call 911, give 5000 Bus Stop Camp Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest, as your address, GPS 29.98120, -84.62627. First responders will not know how to get you if you just give them a campsite number. Reserve America will not include this address on your confirmation.

Campsite 22 has a very long entry, lined by a hedges of native species and behind that the customary ditches which drained the land when it was a plantation.

This is like having a long walk way to your campsite and makes for a private strolling lane.

The site itself is high and dry and flat and can easily accommodate 3-4 two person tents with lots of room to spare.

It is easy to find, large and private.

This is a site where a portable toilet (with disposable, biodegradable bags) will probably be easier than making your own pit because of the ditches surrounding the campsite. Where there is water which will empty into a larger creek or river, toilet pits should be dug 200 feet from the water. This might be difficult at this campsite.

CS#6, Borrow Pit Campsite, Tate’s Hell State Forest

Reserve this campsite at Reserve America, Tate’s Hell State Forest, New River section. When you get to the site, check for the best place to receive and send cell-phone calls. If you call 911 use 1850 River Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest as your address, GPS 29.91707, -84.73446. First responders will not be able to find you with just a campsite designation. Reserve America will not include this address in your confirmation.

There are two campsites at Borrow Pond Campground, CS 6 and CS 7. We were unable to find CS 7 also on River Road, but will report on it when we can.


At CS 6, the sandy road (hard packed enough for a bike) surrounds the pond. There may be local folks fishing here — the pond has fish.

This is the view of the larger pond from the campsite.

Borrow Point CS 6 would be a great camping area for active children who also like wide spaces to run around. The pond itself is easy to access with canoes or kayaks or SUPs. We’ve never been there in early morning or dusk, but we suspect that there would be lots of wildlife and aquatic activity then.

The oak tree over the two picnic tables provides the only daytime shade, although surrounding trees will provide some shade depending on the angle of the sun.

The campsite was a mess when we saw it — there was a old TV set in the firepit. More than likely it will be cleaned up, but it does not make for a good photo.

It’s easy to get into the pond by boat.

A walk around the pond along the sand road is perhaps 1/2 miles.

River Road is nearby so you are not as isolated here, although traffic in Tate’s Hell State Forest is sparse.

When we visited this site the red maples, Walter’s viburnum and the dew berries (like small blackberries, though ripening early) were in bloom.

If you camp(ed) here, please comment in the box below at the end of the post.

CS 48, Warren Bluff Road Campsite, Tate’s Hell State Forest Camping



Reserve this campsite on Reserve America, Tate’s Hell State Forest, Picketts Bay section. When you get to your campsite, check for the closest point to your site to get cell coverage. If you call 911, give 1310 Warren Bluff Camp Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest, as your address, GPS 29.87356, -84.69641. First responders will not be able to find you by just your campsite number. Reserve America will not include this address in your confirmation.

As in many Tate’s Hell campsites, the road to your campsite can be a long and windy (and private) road.

Upland pine forests leading to estuaries — you get two habitats.

Remains of timber plantation drainage ditches remain, draining into Crooked River.

The campsite itself is large — like other Tate’s Hell sites you can configure to your party and your needs.

For paddlers, access to Crooked River is easy.

This was taken at low tide.

The view is spectacular — wide open spaces.

Below view to your right and below that to your left.

At low tide, there is a swath of sandy beach.

False rosemary blooming in late February, rather early this year.

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