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18 - 27 Oct 2014
Not sure what previous reviewer meant about pets. A number of folks in the campground had their pets with them. However, pets are not allowed on the rest of the base. But little reason to visit the rest of the base as there are little other resources on the base. We enjoyed our stay and will be back but we got off to a rocky start. We had occasion to arrive several days early and called them repeatedly that AM from about 0900 until we got here at 1140 and there was no answer! When I asked them why they were not answering their phone they got all huffy about it "They do answer the phone!" They were not in the office when we arrived and did not return from lunch until 1315. So if you need them don't wait until the last minute to call.
March 1, 2014
The RV park is run by MWR, not by the billeting office. In making our reservations, we learned that all RV sites have been upgraded and are now 20/30/50 with water and sewer or, as we love to say, full hookup. The older section known as Camp Johnson, sites 1-29, is really nice with lots of trees for shade and an unobstructed view of the lake. They also have picnic areas and swings right on the water. Very peaceful, very nice. The newer section, sites 31-49, is down the road a bit. This area is all paved sites and, unfortunately, they stripped out all vegetation. You still have access to the lake but it is not as nice as the old section. We do not use and did not evaluate public facilities. We live local and will definitely come back so will check them out next time around.
File DescriptionFile SizeFile TypeDownloads
New RV Area Map
Map of the "new sites."122 KB4216
23 Feb 2012
Found the campground to be an excellent choice. I can't speak of the facilities i.e. bath house etc. as we did not need them. People were nice when we checked in, and we had no problems while we were there for 5 nights. I did find water pressure to be a little low, but no other problems. Access into Blanding was easy, guard came out and directed us to outside lane to avoid getting too close to guard house. All in all a very pleasant experience except for having to drive to Starke for any dining outside the campsite. No cable or Wi-fi, but antenna brought in a number of acceptable channels.
March 4 - 6, 2011
They have made several improvements here in the last year or so. The formerly dusty pot hole plagued road in the "old" RV section has been paved - sort of. They have put down old ground up asphalt from who knows where and compacted it very well. Not a perfect paving job, but a welcome improvement nonetheless. They have also added a couple of covered pavilions with tables, fire pits, and grills. The biggest change is the new RV section located on the other side of the primitive area. This has 20 full hook up sites with long, wide, level concrete pads. There are now 50 full hook up sites plus the five located in the primitive area. The only poor part of this is that they clear cut all the trees and destumped the area in order to make it easier to put the utilities underground. Hopefully they will plant some tree in this area to provide some shade in the years to come. The sites are also a bit close together, but not oppressively so. Adding bath houses to the two RV sections would be O.K., but a more welcome improvement would be putting laundry facilities in the quonset hut where the office is located. There is plenty of room in there and I've got to believe this could easily be a revenue generator for the operation.
Nov 3 - 30, 2010
We were here a week and loved it so much decided to stay another 3 weeks. This is the off season for this recreational facility so stay limit of 21 days does not apply. Pay for 2 days and 3rd day is free. We are in the new section and have it all to ourselves. Very quiet and dark at night. They have a very strict pet policy (which is good). Other campgrounds I have complained because dogs have been left in the campers all day, alone and barking. Not here. In fact they have a section where no dogs are allowed, also no dogs on post.If you have a dog it is limited to the campground and cannot be left alone. There is no commissary, but they have a consolidated dinning facility that is so reasonable ($4.75) we eat there more times a week than I cook. There is also a restaurant beside the campground office which is open several times during the week. Nice roads for walking and a small gym. Laundry room was not very clean. Camp Blanding is in the middle of nowhere but we have found many places to ride our motorcycle, flea markets, St. Augustine, Jacksonville, the Ocala Forest, Orange Park, the dog track. And a great little seafood restaurant outside the gate to the left. We will stay here again.
1-30 March 2010
For some reason we've return to this facility three years in a row, each year discovering more history about Camp Blanding. Again this year, the camp hosts were not seen by us for the entire visit. We were able to stay at Primitive Site #1 with full hook-ups the entire time with no prior reservations. The primitive area does have a bath house which has cleaned about once a week. The closest laundry was at the lodge (it was not clean). They are working on 18 more sites with bath and laundry facilities. If you visit, don't miss the museum. It is small but very informative. Learn about the post and the German POW camp and the roll Camp Blanding played in WW II.
Feb. 28-March 8, 2010
Stayed here from Feb. 28-March 8. Very pleasant stay. Our reserved site was #4, right on the lake...beautiful view and excellent site to put out our canoe. I would recommend reserving this site. View from camper at sunset was gorgeous! Office was closed when we arrived, but went over the next morning and had no trouble signing in. TV reception and cell phone service was very good. Starke was the nearest city but was only around 10-15 minutes away. There is a small exchange on base with limited items. We really enjoyed our stay...and the weather FINALLY warmed up. As was stated in other reviews, there are no bathroom facilities in the RV section, but we didn't need them. Only problem we had was a "tripped" transformer that supplied our site and the one next to us. A squirrel triggered the tripping...one FRIED squirrel!! We reported the problem and within a couple of hours, the transformer was fixed. We would eagerly recommend this Famcamp for anyone wanting a relaxing and quiet time. Don't know what it's like in the summer, but winter was great.
April 21, 2009
G. B. left this review using the Directory software: What pleasant surprise. The camp ground is on a lake shore of a nearly perfect round example of a Florida sink hole lake (estimate it's about 2 miles in diameter). CG is clean and quiet. The roads are hard packed gravel/shell surfaces. We have a full hook up (50 amp/'water/sewer) which is better than many other sites I've visited. The paved pads are large (my 40 foot coach has lots of room) and are quite level. Many of the sites face the lake. The grounds have several trees but there are a number of sites that are open and have unrestricted access to sat TV signals. We're only here for one night but I'll definitely come back for a longer stay just see if the lake has a fish population commensurate with it clarity and cleanliness. It appears you can beach or anchor your boat on the shore in front of you site. If you're considering boating, I ask the friendly office folks for guidance on this subject before you come. The office hours are from 0830 at 1630.
17-24 Jan 2009
Jean (office lady) was friendly enough, stayed in my FW for a week while I was working with an ARNG BN on the north part of the camp; other reviews are accurate: beautiful lake-front campground but many semi-absentee "6-month" stayers limits site availability; poorly thought out landscaping has probably done more harm than good in area around newer sites; (I have posted latest site map so you can see the added sites others have described); base PX is OK (small "field" PX but adequate); Starke is 10-min down SR16 to W; JAX outskirts is about 30 mins NE and St Augustine is about 30 min SE; I got about 12 channels (digital and analog) with a standard roof antenna; you can launch boats/canoes etc from the shore or the nearby REC dock; there's a Conference Center/Restaurant within walking distance (Moody Hall, see REC Area map) that opens for daily meals on weekdays; concur that a bath house in the RV area and laundry facility would be most welcome. The primitive area had the 5 pads mentioned previously as well as several partial (no sewer) sites which serve as overflow when the RV area is full. The lake is beautiful, clear and does, indeed, have great sunsets.
April 20 2008
The bathrooms showers needed cleaning. The office personnel were friendly. Had a good spot by the lake. Had a lot of new contruction pertaining to RV parking. It will take time to complete but will make the stay better. Over all enjoyed the stay, it was nice.
25 Mar-28 Mar 07
Nice lake. Clear, clean, scenic. Driving more than 5 mph in park creates a lot of dust. Will stay again. Could use a shower/washroom in RV section. Hook-ups are 50/30 amps, water (clorine heavy), and sewer. Fire pit and grill on each site. Many birds to watch!
I used to camp there ten or so years ago WOW what a change, new pads, 6 month stays are available plus pets. Pets have to be registered prior to your stay, fax or mail a shot record. I have my spring break location again.
Lake Kingsley is beautiful! Very quiet park. Ask for sites 1-5 in "overflow" - no amenities on base. 11 mile drive to Starke. Near Jacksonville for full base amenities. Rough dirt roads. No bathhouse otherwise would give it a '5'.
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