- Beautiful property with lots of activities available
- Very good and fast Verizon signal
- Close to dining, Walmart, and Winn Dixie
- Great for walking and biking
- A couple of over the air TV channels available
- Wifi - too slow to even connect to the payment page
- Lottery for full hookups can create confusion and stress
- Property prone to flooding
- Sites in flood zone can be very soft and easy to get stuck in if you're not careful
Rate Paid – $0.00 with our Thousand Trails/Trails Collection membership
Address: 2555 US HWY 17S, Wauchula, FL 33873
Peace River RV and Camping Resort in Wauchula, Florida has turned out to be one of our favorites in the Thousand Trails/Encore system in Florida so far. While there are a couple of issues with the campground that aren’t great for us, overall, we enjoy the relaxed, peaceful atmosphere and the range of activities available. The location is fairly rural and surrounded by orange groves and cattle ranches, but still only a couple of miles away from the quaint small town of Wauchula where you’ll find a large grocery store, a hardware store, an auto parts store and a few restaurants that, in our experience, are very good and inexpensive. That being said, if you’re looking for excitement, this area is probably not your cup of tea.
If you’ve never been to Peace River RV and Camping Resort before, especially in winter, you could be surprised, and maybe a little put off, by the check-in procedure. If you’re expecting full hookups, you’re not likely to get them right away. What you’ll find is that everyone is initially assigned to the 30 amp electric and water only section. If you want a 50 amp full hookup site, you’ll have to sign up for the daily full hookup lottery in which you’ll be given a list of sites that are becoming available that you can check out and order by preference. Then you return your list of preferences and wait for the result. After the lottery is announced, there’s a whole lot of shuffling around of rigs that generally goes on until early afternoon. During our two winter stays, we chose not to sign up for the lottery because we prefer the sites along the river which are not full hookups. Fortunately, the campground provides one free honey wagon pump-out per week – just make sure you sign up days before you’ll need it because the list fills up quickly. Once you’re settled in, though, you can just relax. One other important note about the electric and water only sites – a large section of the property is prone to flooding (the area is marked on the campground map on the website here. The majority of the 20/30 amp electric and water only sites marked in green are included in that area). You’ll find that many of the sites in that area can be soft, especially after heavy rains, so you’ll want to choose your site carefully before parking a big, heavy rig on a soft site. In January of 2019, we saw a motorhome sink up to the frame in mud and then have to be pulled out by a tractor.
There are lots of activities to participate in at Peace River RV and Camping Resort, including weekly craft fairs, shuffleboard, pickle ball, mini golf, and Sunday chapel. The pool and hot tub area is very nice and well maintained. There are several short hiking trails through beautiful old Florida forest and a boat ramp to launch your canoe or kayak. The campground roads are great for biking and morning walks. You can fish the Peace River and hunt along the shoreline for fossils (just watch out for ‘gators and snakes!). Plus, there’s a large wraparound porch at the office where you can just grab a rocker and watch the world go by. On a rainy day, you can settle into the lounge with a good book or shoot a game of pool.
If you visit Peace River RV and Camping Resort with fur babies, you’ll find plenty of walking space and doggie bags with trash cans in several locations of the campground. There’s also an enclosed “Puppy Play Pen”. While it’s nice that the campground has provided it, the location is less than desirable behind a group of dumpsters in one corner of the property. It’s also likely to get muddy when it rains. Our little Bichon, Roxie, doesn’t really enjoy dog parks, so it’s not a concern for us. She was plenty happy exploring the nature trails and all the smells of the old Florida forest.
There’s no cable at Peace River RV and Camping Resort but that’s not a big deal to us. We did pick up a couple of over the air local TV channels (11.1 CBS (weak signal), 13.1 Fox 13, 44.1 CW) and a bunch of cable like channels that we’d never heard of. The area also apparently broadcasts their local radio stations on over the air TV.
Our biggest problem at Peace River was pretty much the same as at most other campgrounds – Wifi, or the lack thereof. Since we work from our RV, it’s always a plus when we can use campground Wifi. Peace River does offer Wifi through Camplink (a pay service). We tried to sign up for the 24 hour package so we could test it, but it was so slow it timed out several times before we could even get to the payment page. Thankfully, we had a very good and fast Verizon signal so work wasn’t a problem.
Overall, we really enjoy getting to spend part of the winter at Peace River RV and Camping Resort and look forward to next time.