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The Best in Tent Camping: Florida: A Guide for Campers Who Hate Rvs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portab Le Stereos Paperback – March, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Pr; 1st edition (March 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897322738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897322737
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,709,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Molloy has obviously done his homework and writes knowingly about some of the best campgrounds in the state, from the Panhandle to the Everglades. Entries include directions and other information that should prove useful to families planning a camping vacation."
--The Tampa Tribune-Times

"Take the guess work out of finding your perfect site!"
--Captiva Current
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From the Back Cover

If you subscribe to the opinion that Japanese lanterns, televisions, and electric guitars are not essential camping equipment, then The Best in Tent Camping: Florida should be your constant outdoor companion.

From the sugar white beaches of the Gulf Coast to the vast mangrove stands of the Everglades, camping in Florida has never been better. The Best in Tent Camping: Florida is a guidebook for tent campers who like quiet, scenic, and serene campsites. It's the perfect resource if you blanch at the thought of pitching a tent on a concrete slab, trying to sleep through the blare of another camper's boombox, or waking up to find your tent surrounded by a convoy of RVs.

Each campground profile gives unbiased and thorough evaluations, taking the guesswork out of finding the perfect site. Essential information provided includes:
* Campground layout map
* Key information such as fees, restrictions, and dates of operation
* Ratings for beauty, privacy, spaciousness, quiet, security, and cleanliness
* Detailed campground description
* Precise driving directions
* Campground locator map

Whether you are a native Floridian in search of new territory or an out-of-state vacationer, The Best in Tent Camping unlocks the secrets to finding and enjoying the best tent-camping experiences in Florida.
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More About the Author

Johnny Molloy is a self-employed outdoor writer based in Johnson City, Tennessee. A Christian -- member of First Presbyterian Church, native Tennessean and free-market capitalist, he was born in Memphis and moved to Knoxville in 1980 to attend the University of Tennessee. It was in Knoxville where he developed his love of the natural world that has since become the primary focus of his life.
It all started on a backpacking foray into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. That first trip, though a disaster, unleashed an innate love of the outdoors that has led to his averaging over 120 nights in the wild per year, over the past 25 years, backpacking and canoe camping throughout our country. Specifically, he has spent over 750 nights in the Smokies alone, where he cultivated his woodsmanship and expertise on those lofty mountains.
In 1987, after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Economics, he continued to spend an ever increasing time in the natural places, becoming more skilled in a variety of environments. Friends enjoyed his adventure stories, one even suggested he write a book. Soon he was parlaying his love of the outdoors into an occupation.
The results of his efforts are 45 books, including more in the works. Johnny also continually works on revising and updating his guides. Many are in their 4th or 5th edition. Molloy has also written numerous articles for magazines such as Backpacker and Sea Kayaker, and for Web sites, such as Away.com.
He also is a columnist and feature writer for his hometown newspaper, the Johnson City Press. He continues to write to this day and travel extensively to all four corners of the United States endeavoring in a variety of outdoor pursuits.

Customer Reviews

In all fairness, he's right about there being no concrete slabs.
KQ
This book give lots of good information about the tent sites, which was the most helpful.
J. Davis
This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in tent camping in Florida.
Mike

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Beachcamper on April 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a native Floridian who has lived as far south as the FL Keys and as far north as the Pan Handle, I turned critical eye on Johnny Molloy's "The Best in Tenting Camping:Florida". I was delighted to see included some of my favorite destinations as well as places other locals have long prized as remnants of the "real Florida". As an experienced kayak camper I particularly appreciated Mr. Molloy's inclusion of information on paddling opportunities. He has provided new information on put-in destinations as well as coaxed me into my many new trail hiking experiences. I find this book accurate in it's assesements and helpful in it's suggestions. When in Florida, keep your sunscreen, fishing pole and copy of "The Best in Tent Camping: Florida" close at hand.
Thanks Johnny for teaching a local few new tricks!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 1999
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The person that wrote this book would make a great campground neighbor! He gives a frank review that allow realistic expectations for the prospective camper. Also suggests site #'s that would be less likely to be placed next to a noisy RV. I use this book along with Campers Guide to Florida (2nd Edition), by Mickey Little before I take any camp trip. The Tent Camping book has all the information, but the Campers Guide has campground maps. Makes a great combination!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Beachcamper on March 21, 2000
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Planning a trip through FL can lead you through an overwhelming amount of where to stay options. Fortunately,"The Best in Tent Camping Florida" is the perfect guide to help you sift through all your choices and narrow down your search for that perfect place to stay. He has a great rating system for each campground and it is based on beauty, site privacy, spaciousness, quiet, security and cleanliness. He even gives advice on interesting sites worth seeing while you are there. He has really picked out the best of the best Florida has to offer for us "tenters".
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By KQ on February 12, 2010
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I purchased this book thinking the author had information about little known campgounds which actually lived up to the 'no RVs or loud portable radios' hype. Sadly, this was not the case.
It's mainly a list of state parks, which are always replete with both RV's and unwanted noise usually going on until well after quiet time. The few locations I personally know of, which come closer to the author's claims do not appear in this publication. In all fairness, he's right about there being no concrete slabs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By OrlandoMom on March 30, 2008
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This guide is my camping bible. I live in Orlando, and I like to go car camping often. And, since this is Florida, I often compete with the r.v. folks for limited space. And tent campers often do not dwell peacefully alongside the generators and sheer size of an r.v. This is the only guide I've reached for, time and again, which allows me to stay far from the r.v. behemoths to pitch my little piece of heaven and enjoy a small campfire.

The [limited] campgrounds listed here (more on that in a moment) offer details that enable a camper to choose the best site to pitch the tent and relax. There are also details about the activities of each campground, so campers who own a boat or kayak, bicycles or hiking shoes, can plan activities to begin the moment they claim their site.

All of that said, the guide does have its limitations. For example, there are literally hundreds of campsites in Florida that are not listed here. A Florida camper should not limit herself to this guide--check out websites of the national parks, state parks, and private campgrounds as well. Also, because of constant changes in the natural habitats of Florida (caused by hurricanes, brush fires, etc.), the guide is often a bit late with important information, e.g., a state park that's closed due to damage from a hurricane. If you want to camp in Florida, these are the challenges you'll face. So check the websites of each park before you book your campsite.

It's still the best guide out there. Nonetheless, potential campers in Florida should do their homework to check current conditions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jay Kanter on March 28, 2010
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Good, solid, informative guide, but definitely do some research on your own as there are numerous excellent and sometimes empty campgrounds that are not included. Hopefully the author will include more in the next edition. One note: the campsites at Chassahowitzka River Campground that were given a glowing review are actually awful! On most you must dig your own pit if you want to cook/make a fire, most sites are very small, located directly on the main road, are full of litter, and have almost zero privacy. There are no bathrooms in the tents-only area so you must hike over to the RV section to do your business, and you must have a security code just to enter them! We were very dissapointed. Try the nearby Withlacoochiee State Forest for large, well-kept and uncrowded sites if you happen to be in the beautiful Crystal River, Homossassa area.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Dresser on March 10, 2008
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I use this book as a companion to "Florida State Parks" by Michal Strutin. The State Parks book has very good basic information about all the State parks but this book has the details about size, privacy, view, etc. that is nice to know about each campground. Unfortunately it does not cover all of the State parks. Most of the campgrounds are State parks but a few are State forests and National forests. I didn't find any private campgrounds listed.

The information is a little dated, particularly with regard to electric and water. Our experience is that the several State Park campgrounds we have camped in have water and electric in all sites now. This means there is more intermingling of RVs and tents, but the areas described as tenting areas in this book still hold pretty true even though there will be an occasional RV.
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