Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ochlockonee River State Park Slopchoppy Florida


                                                      Ochlockonee River State Park
        We traveled about 185 miles from Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park to Ochlockonee River State Park in Sopchoppy Florida.

     We wanted to see the white squirrels and the Piebald deer. We had to make a reservation which we hate doing. We still like to travel without restrictions, as to when and where we must be on a certain date. We like willy-nilly travel.  The park has cat face pine trees used in the turpentine industry. To us many of the pine trees looked like long needle pine trees. The park is home to the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. A number of trees with white bands painted on them house their nest. We didn’t see any. There are also black bears in the park. We didn’t see them either.

     We did have several white squirrels living in the trees around our RV. They seem to be larger then the grey squirrels with much longer tails. They had no fear of humans. They would come down a tree and just look at you, waiting for a hand out. I guess many folks break the cardinal rule of “don’t feed the wildlife”. They would run across the roof of our RV and sit on the picnic table, again looking for a hand out. It was fun watching their antics. The black birds would dive at them when they were in the tree tops and chase them to the ground. They would turn around and scurry right back up. It seemed to be a game.

       The campground has 30 sites each with water and 30 amp electric. Some of the hooks ups are on the wrong side, like our site. It is big rig slightly friendly, with caution. We had a 42 foot motor home and a 40 foot 5th wheel there while we were there. They were on 2 pull thru sites, all the rest are back ins. Very Very dark at night. The sites are packed sand. The OTA TV was week. Many acres and miles of roads to walk a dog. The road to the ranger station is about a mile and a quarter from route 319 and is really rough. The campground in about a half mile from the ranger station. There is a nice boat ramp and swimming area. Also a large picnic area. A worker told us the park is being close in July to update the H2O and electric, and some other improvements. It is expected to be closed for 3 to 4 months according to the worker. There is not much shopping in the area, so bring what you need including bug spray. Did I mention the bugs? I was told there are 3 different type biting flies. I never saw yellow flies before.  Most times the bugs were very pesky. The park is well kept.  Date of stay May 2017, our cost with reservation fee was $26. for 2 night.
Our site

White tail deer

The pines

The Ochlockonee River


1 comment:

  1. Nice white squirrel, did you see our long eared tree squirrel in Colorado?