Turtle Palace, set amidst oaks and cypress on the Lazy Turtle Lodge estate, is the perfect place to escape, float, kayak, canoe, cave dive, bird watch, explore springs or watch the river flow. Piece of "heaven on earth". Turtle Palace is a cozy, comfy, 28' Cardinal RV camper on the beautiful wooded Lazy Turtle Lodge, a 10 acre estate 15 minutes from Historic High Springs and 40 minutes from the Swamp in downtown Gainesville. The camper has a queen bed, full size pull out sofa, gas stove, fridge, microwave, shower and toilet. A Weber grill is available on the large covered wood deck and is perfect for barbecuing after a day on the River. A firepit is available for localized bonfires. and there is pleanty A short 400 feet walk gets you to the banks of the Santa Fe River. No TV but there is a DVD player and DVD's. There is NO Internet but Wi-Fi is available on the porch of the main Lodge. Guests have access to a communal hot double outside shower (beautiful on moon lit nights), chairs on the dock, and boat launch. A firepit is also available for a localized bonfire and there is plenty of kindling in the woods around the camper - just bring your starter. Special arrangements can be made for access to a separate trailer with cooking facilities for an additional clean up fee of $35. The Lazy Turtle Lodge is a 10 acre estate, set in a quiet and beautiful oak, cypress and spanish moss hammock on the banks of the Santa Fe River, one of North Florida's most beautiful spring fed rivers. The estate includes Turtle Heaven (the trailer also on FlipKey), Turtle Palace (the camper), and the main Lodge. Peace, tranquility, wildlife and beautiful sunsets are the norm. Turtle Palace is also a 1.5 mile country walk to Rum Island Park and a short drive to Oleno St. Park. It is also across from Lily Springs, downriver from Poe Springs and upriver from Ginnie Springs. Guests can float/paddle directly from the dock at the Lazy Turtle Lodge to Rum Island Park or put in at US 441 or US 27 for a longer river ride to the Lodge. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at Rum 138 on the corner of CR 138 and Rum Island Terrace and can be delivered on-site. Whether you want to canoe, kayak, paddle board, float, fish or simple watch the river go by on the dock, Turtle Palace is the place to completely get away from big city stress. "Glamping" and ecotourism at its best. All guests will be asked to sign a General Accident and Release of Liability Form at check in.
Located between High Springs and Fort White, the Lazy Turtle Lodge is "in the country". The last mile of travel is dirt road and there is a sign that reads "Where the rough road ends the good life begins". That is the truth. Deer, wild turkeys and Hawks will greet you while the lazy turtles just bask in the sun on the edge of the river. With cypress trees, oaks and Spanish moss, this is truly Old Florida.