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Nestled along Orange Lake, about halfway between Gainesville and Ocala, the RV parks in McIntosh, Florida are among the better options for experiencing nature, lakes, and forests of central Florida. RV parks in Florida near Orange Lake extend out in every direction from McIntosh, with some right on the water and several located along I-75 near Irvine.

RVers choose the area because it’s away from downtown crowds but still within an easy drive to outstanding locations like Goethe State Forest to the southwest and Ocala National Forest to the east.

Goethe State Forest seems almost out of place in central Florida, as it looks like a dense pine forest with gentle hills and meadows you might find further north. The park has many miles of hike and bike trails, as well as trails open for horseback riding. Ocala National Forest, on the other hand, is a water enthusiast’s dream come true. There are dozens of lakes and creeks for swimming, fishing, and paddling. The St. Johns River opens into Lake George, which is a veritable playground for watersports, and also provides easy access to the nearby Lake George Conservation Area and Lake George State Forest.

Closer to McIntosh are the swampier parks of Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area and Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, where hiking, biking, and horseback riding are welcome along the miles of trails. History buffs should find their way to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, just across orange lake from McIntosh. The home’s resident was a Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Yearling, which later became a pretty popular movie. Read the book first, though.

Regardless of what you’re up to in the area, the RV sites near Orange Lake, and those around McIntosh in general, are fantastic for those who want to experience rural Florida and its diverse naturalism, but who also want easy access to nearby cities.

Updated 10/12/2016