This weekend, we went RV camping for the first time at Tomoka State Park, which is located in Ormond Beach in Volusia County. We stayed in campsite number 78.
Tomoka State Park is located in a beautiful scenic area that many people drive past because it's known for how gorgeous it is. It's down the road from Bulow Woods, where you can do some great hiking, see the old Fairchild Oak, or even get in on the Bulow Woods Trail Run that takes place every December. The state park is beautiful, lined with lots of trees, sandy roads, and woods all around. The sites are tight, but the campground is beautiful. Most of the sites seemed to have nice privacy (trees) between them, even though the sites were on the smaller side. There is a lot of sand at this campground, so it's a bit dusty.
The campsite offered a permanent pole for hanging things like towels and bags, as well as a picnic table and fire ring. The grounds also have a nice camp store where you can get limited supplies. You can also rent kayaks and canoes and just sit by the river in their rocking chairs that are set out in the shade. We did rent a canoe for two hours ($25) and sat in the shade near the river for a couple of hours in the rocking chairs (free). It was quite pleasant!
We took our bikes to the campground, but it is sandy. I was fine with it, but it is a little rough and some people may not like that. Across from the park entrance there is a paved bike/pedestrian trail that is one mile long, so you can ride your bike over there, or walk/run. We did that several times, but we also road around the campgrounds. It's probably a mile on the sandy road from the campsite to the store and river.
The campground has quite a few sites, with the outer ring appearing to be better, because they back up to the woods. They have several restroom buildings that are easily within reach, and they are clean. The campground only offers a water and electric hookup. There's no sewer hookup, but there is a dump station, which you can hit as you check out.
Being April, we were treated to a gorgeous firefly/lightning bug show both evenings. Around 8:15 on both nights, they took to the air in the wooded areas, away from the artificial lights. It was spectacular! There many of them. It was dark out, but we hopped on our bikes and road away from some of the campsites to where it was just woods, so we can see an amazing firefly show! If you go in spring, be sure to watch for that once the sun goes down. You have to get away from the artificial light and get near the woods. When we shut the lights off at our campsite we even had a great show of them just outside the back of our trailer in the woods. On this trip, we also saw deer, lots of different kinds of birds, some interesting insects, and lots of wildflowers in bloom.
Tomoka State Park also has a short nature trail (.5 mile long), and a big carved statue you can also check out. The park has numerous picnic tables and pavilions throughout, a volleyball court, playground, and a building for educational events and meetings. They also offer a group camping area that is separate from the main campground. There was a mix of people tent camping and in various types of RV's. Also, because you have river access, some people brought their own boats, kayaks, and paddleboards to use.
This was our first stay at Tomoka State Park and we enjoyed it. It was quiet, relaxing, and we enjoyed canoeing, biking, and the firefly show. It's very close to home for us, so I'm sure we will be back again when we are looking for a quick weekend getaway!
Here are pictures of our stay. The Bullet is our trailer. I randomly took a picture of another campsite as well, just to offer another view of one of the sites.