Jororo Woods
(pronounced 'Ho ro ro')

I own a piece of property in Central Florida (20 minutes from Disney World, 25 Minutes from Sea World, and 30 minutes from Universal Studios). This property miraculously escaped the "bare earth" policies of the developers and citrus growers. It is mostly a piece of "Real Florida" the way the Indians and first white explorers would have found it. It is named after the Jororo Indians who used to live in the area.

Being "real", the property didn't escape hurricanes Charlie, Frances, and Jeanne in 2004. Thirty to fifty percent of the larger trees went down, opening the canopy to the sky, and creating quite the obstacle course on the ground. It was well over a year before I could get a vehicle back in there. The right-of-way to the nearest public road is still mostly blocked, but the landowner to the South has graciously allowed us to cross his property until I can get the right-of-way reopened.

My property is entirely within the tree line, roughly in the middle of this aerial shot

It is a heavily wooded 20 acre parcel located off a no-outlet, semi-improved (clay) road, so there is not a lot of traffic nearby.

It is ideal for naturist camping.

(Most campsites on public lands don't have that kind of privacy. If you can drive there so can everyone else. JW offers you the kind of seclusion you'd expect from backpacking, with the convenience of drive-in camping.

Prior to the hurricanes, there was a semi-developed, but still largely natural camping area at the Northeast end of the property. It had a shallow well which used a 12 volt pump with piping to the campfire/kitchen area, and the open-roofed shower area. (The water is useful for cooking and showering, but not drinking unless you boil it.) There was also a screen room to get out of the rain and bugs (May - October gets very buggy). There were three tent clearings near the screen room.

This main campsite was and still is accessible by foot only. The parking area is about 100 yards south of this campsite. There is also a smaller campsite right next to the parking area for those who want to camp in or next to their vehicle. (This site is just a clearing with no facilities - presumably you will have everything you need in your vehicle.)

There was a trail which wound from the Southeast corner to the Northwest corner of the property (about 1/4 mile long). It's maybe 100 yards shorter now, since it hasn't been reopened past the main campsite since the storms. It makes a good jogging path if you're so inclined. (For that matter, if you missed out on the "Streaking" craze of the '70s, you could do that too, if you wanted!)

Near the parking area (due West of the car campsite) is the location of the chapel - still buried under downed trees.

There are deer, opposums, racoons, wild turkeys, armadillos, and other wildlife in these woods which you may see if you are quiet and observant.

A number of edible plants grow there year round, as well as a couple of types of berries and grapes in the summer.