My daughter and I camped at Ginnie Springs for 3 nights during her GA high school spring break. She is 17 and considered an adult, therefore she was charged the full $18 per person camping fee. The 3 nights cost us about $120. Wow! I've done a LOT of camping in my day but never have I paid as much.
They also sell firewood, but at $7 a bundle, it kind of sucks the fun out of burning it. The bundles are somewhat larger than the average ones you'd find at a Walmart or supermarket, but the wood itself did not burn very well. Kind of on the green side and hissed steam as it tried to burn. We found a private firewood dealer down the road a ways at $4 a bundle, or 3 for $10. His wood was cut smaller but it was good and seasoned. You could actually get a nice fire going.
There is a nice delicatessen on the premises, but beware, it is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the exact days we were there. On check out day (Thursday) we stopped in to give one of their highly recommended sandwiches a try. We ordered a Philly Cheese Steak. Although the sign said the sandwich cost $8.75, the register rang up at $9.35. I'm not sure of the tax rate in Florida but it seemed excessive to me. I left the change as a tip which essentially turned it into a $10 sandwich! Thank goodness it was VERY tasty, but certainly not worth $10
Other reviewers have said negative things about the partiers. We were fortunate to be there during the week. Other than a few yahoos down the river it really wasn't bad. Had we been there a week earlier for Florida spring break it would have been a completely different scenario. Every sight was taken and partying was at an all time high. Personally I don't mind that as long as my head is geared for it. I was thanking my lucky stars to have a relatively quiet week.
All in all, my daughter and I truly enjoyed Ginnie Springs, especially for its clear springs and the Santa Fe tube run. Across the river is some very beautiful unspoiled private property where wild turkey, owls, woodpeckers and all kinds of creatures abound. Oddly, there were no raccoons at the campsite. The main raiders there were the buzzards who would visit early in the morning to check for unguarded trash.
Compared to a State Park with its long list of DONT's, Ginnie Springs offers a lot of freedom to camp as you please. Unfortunately, I can only see this relaxed approach tightening up as more and more idiots push things to the extreme and ruin it for the rest of us. In the meantime, Ginnie Springs is still like the camping I remember as a younger man. To me, drinking beer and camping go hand in hand. State Parks frown on this and are also very strict about noise. I guess there's still enough of a partier in me where I don't mind hearing laughing and singing coming from other sights.
So go ahead, if you don't mind being charged extra for every little thing, the campground is worth it. Just don't expect any refunds. The refund button seems to be permanently broken on their registers, but they will barter if necessary.
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