Travel: Camp David

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Be careful what you know. Much of what we know is what others have said and may not necessarily be the case; as is the case with Camp David. For years I have been told that Camp David is inaccessible at the end of a narrow, overhung and treacherous dirt road. Yes, the road is dirt but it’s wide and cleared in height for big rigs. The road is rough most of the way and passable at slow speeds. Take your time it’s only two miles.

Rumor has it that Camp David is for old gays. Yes, older gays do enjoy the property. They enjoy the compactness, the quiet and the sense of community spirit. Camp David does not sell alcohol so it’s an 18 and up property. It’s also the only clothing optional, male only, property in Florida. Camp David is quiet at 10 p.m.

The retreat is a beautiful heavily wooded property with three lakes covering sixteen secluded acres of overarching Live Oaks dripping with Spanish Moss. From the monitored entrance gate the road meanders in a circle leading to thirty-five RV spaces with twenty, thirty, or fifty amp electric service. Many are permanent camps and there are plenty of transient spaces. Even tent spaces have electricity and water though primitive tenting is available that does not include either electricity or water.

Those sixteen acres seem like a great deal more. In addition to the camp road there is the track that leads to The Point, an area away from the center of camp where campers can go to sun and commune in a clearing in the forest at the head of the nature trails. Campsites are situated around a lake with tenting in a broad open space covered in shade.

Social amenities are near the office, which offers free WIFI, and includes an outdoor trellis covered area with tables and chairs located near a water feature and the filled in swimming pool. The owner said the pool is filled in because of new Florida regulations governing swimming pools that will be cost prohibitive for Camp David to complete. Dan, the owner, has plans for a new pool. A clubhouse for games, TV, and community meals is nearby as is a video room. In addition to tenting and RV spaces Camp David offers cabin style rooms and some RV’s for rent.

There is no restaurant or bar service, though that is more than compensated for by the community meals generally available. Most weekends one camper or another hosts everyone for breakfast or dinner. On special weekends Dan and his staff provide a community meal. The office store carries minimal supplies; enough to survive until morning should you arrive completely unprepared.

A host of nearby attractions are available including the Withlacoochee Trail, a forty-six mile paved rail to trail ideal for biking, hiking and horseback riding.

Dan has owned Camp David since 2005 and the campground has been gay since 2000 when it was converted from a rowdy straight campground. My preconceptions of Camp David are changed since my tour and I would happily give Camp David a try as I go by on a trip in or out of Florida.

http://CampDavidFlorida.com
2000 S Bishop Point Rd
Inverness Fl 34450
352-344-3445
Located nine miles west of I-75 and then two miles south on private unpaved roads.


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