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2011/01/07 - Lake Arbuckle Park Campground, Frostproof, FL

Posted 02-03-2011 at 10:09 AM by Phantom

2011/01/07
Day 54, Camp 14 (7 nights @ $17 a night)
Lake Arbuckle Park Campground
Frostproof, FL
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Drove north from Sebring about 14 miles on US-27 to Scenic Highway 17, to Frostproof and then east on back roads about 7 miles, to this little, out-of-the-way county park. What a find! Just a quiet, peaceful county park next to an Air Force bombing range. (doesn't happen very often). On the north shore of Lake Arbuckle (about 5 miles long, a mile wide and 8 feet deep! Birds, gators and lots of trails in the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest. There's a boat launch here... a bit of local activity on week-ends... but it's quiet, friendly folks, spaced-out sites (about 30) and with electricity, water and a bath house... a deal at $17 a night! We're happy here... dragging our feet southward... hiking and looking at birds. The hosts Levon and Avelean are just the nicest people... and the town of Frostproof (Donna calls it Frostbite ... is just big enough to have what you need, although a poor food store. However, it did have a very cool restored antique car 'dealership', 'O'Hara Restoratons'... very cool stuff. There are also a couple good, family restaurants... one with a 50's retro theme. These were good, sunny, warm days here... relaxed and lazy. We drove through the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest... sand pine flatlands... found a couple state forest campgrounds that were small, isolated and without any facilities beyond a basic outhouse and trash dumpster. $5 a night! We'll try to hit these on the way back north... and look for other state park campgrounds as we go!
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