Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

     


Niceville, Florida
Phone: (850) 833-9144

Sites: 38
Recent Rate: $19 7/2014


Latitude: 30.49605480996
Longitude: -86.4327049255371

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 16
  • Good 9
  • Average 1
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 0

27 Reviews

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badkitten

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is also reviewed under the official name of Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, but is the same place. The entrance is a bit hard to spot, and the road is a bit narrow. Lots of trees and shade, and undergrowth between sites, as Florida is determined to return their parks to a more natural environment. We picked a site that was wider than most, as we have a 35 ft trailer, towed by a 4 door F350 with a full sized bed - we tend to want a lot of space with no tight trees at the entrance. Clean shower buildings, quiet even though it was pretty full for the weekend. No planes overhead, but that might be a problem during the week. Lots of families & tents. No wi-fi, cable, or sewer (some Florida state parks do have sewer), focus is on outdoor activities on the water mostly. You get free access to their sister park out on the Gulf-front beaches, but either have to go around to them then long way, or pay $3 each way on the new mid bay bridge to get there (it is cheaper to get & use SunPass if you go to FL a lot). Thought it was a convenient location for running around, and less expensive than the gulf-front park. We stayed 2 nights, and would go back for a couple days longer in the spring or fall. We prefer to be able to have sewer, but were planning on stopping at a commercial campground after leaving, so didn't have to deal with the dump station. Our site was gravel, and one of the larger sites. Drove around and looked over the whole place - not that many sites that we thought were long enough for larger equipment, and many had trees that made backing in and pulling out a bit tricky. They all have a wider area toward the back where the picnic table goes, kinda "L" shaped, which we liked. We noted about 7-10 sites that we could pick from when making future reservations. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Pamelalena

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

A hidden jewel of a park with a great trails, a boat ramp, several playgrounds for children, pavilions, and excellent activities offered by the rangers. I could go on and on. Why a rating of 9? The gravel road, which is well maintained, is the only reason. The camping sites are large, shaded, and well marked. The bath houses are great, with tons of water pressure. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Motorhome.

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Camground surveys

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

The park is typical for a state run park. The trees were too low and close to the road for today's taller coaches/5th wheels. We got several scrapes from limbs. We could not get our coach into site #29 without scraping on a tree, and the same thing getting out. We used our waste wagon because we were staying for 2 weeks. There is no easy way to pull your wagon to the dump. There is no paved walkway to get you all the way to the dump. We have an 18 gallon wagon and it took both of us to handle it and get it pushed up the ramp (they did think of that) to dump it. We would have preferred a graveled site, but #29 was one of a couple that was dirty sand. The view of the water was nice from #29. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Motorhome.

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Jay Rutherford

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is located near Niceville. The lots are nicely spaced, and each one is surrounded by a wooden fence to define the space. Some sites were on compacted dirt, others were done in fine gravel, and the handicapped sites were concrete. The staff and volunteers were very nice and pleasant to deal with. The rate shown includes the $16 nightly fee for water and electric, plus 6% sales tax. The campground is near Eglin Air Force Base, and on days they have maneuvers, the noise is RV-shaking. We also heard what sounded like cannons going off, but they might have been sonic booms. There are a couple of trails in the relatively small park. Our Verizon card and phone worked well at the campground. The bathrooms were clean and modern. TV reception over the air was marginal. During our stay in early February, many sites were vacant. The park graciously allowed us to have a package forwarded to us care of the park. We'd stay again when in this area. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Motorhome.

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Free

Review Count: 90
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Overall this is a pretty decent park. It backs up to Rocky Bayou (go figure!) with easy access. Lots of tent campers and families. Some sites are paved, some are not. Our concrete back-in was pretty level. The interior roads are a bit narrow but we easily navigated them in our 40 foot rig. Keep a close eye out for the entry sign to the campground - we passed it the first time partly due to the fact that our GPS was taking us further down the road. Nights are quiet except on weekends when the revelry kicks up a notch. Just people having fun, nothing terribly intrusive. During the day it was not unusual to hear low-flying planes and booms from the ordnance disposal site just down the street. Very friendly and helpful staff. BTW (By the way) - if you are using this campground as a base to explore the Destin area, the mid-bay bridge charges a $3.00 toll each way. They want to pay that off in a hurry! We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Motorhome.

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gaikm

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Narrow, paved loop road; gravel sites, fairly level. Sites are large, private, and shady, most not satellite friendly. Electric and H2O hookups are fine. No sewer, but convenient dump station. Restrooms and showers are SPOTLESS, plenty of hot water. 2 washers and dryers - also spotless, but we did not use them. Verizon has consistent 3G and intermittent 4G. Very dog friendly with 3 well maintained nature trails; longest is 1 mile. Staff and hosts are knowledgeable and helpful. Walmart and grocery stores are within 3 miles. Magic Castle Laundry, excellent wash/dry/fold service @1.25/lb. Only negative: fair amount of noise due to proximity of Eglin Air Force Base; planes flying over and explosions, mostly weekday mornings. Occasional rig shaking noise, rare nighttime noise. We would stay here again. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Brian & Corky

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice state park. They keep this place very clean and keep the maintenance up as well. Very wide deep sites very well laid out and taken care of. Everything worked great. Friendly staff. Enjoyed the nature walks and the peace and quiet. Would go out of my way to stay here again. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Motorhome.

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minkydog

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Clean sites and bathhouse. Lots of families here. This is true Old Florida, with lots of old water oaks, Spanish moss, sandy sand, and shade. Helpful hosts too. We camped here over New Years and I have tell you, they were very strict about the fireworks ban. It made for a lovely and quiet visit. We come here about twice a year from GA, and we actually prefer this campground over the chaos in Destin. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Wknd warrior

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

This is our favorite RV park so far. They keep everything so clean. The sites are immaculate, the bathrooms are bleached every morning and monitored throughout the day. There is a great play ground for kids and kayaks, canoes and paddleboards that you can rent over by a great boat ramp. Also fishing and some nice hiking-biking trails. Located right across from the Midbay Bridge, so you can scoot over to Destin for great shopping. Most of the sites are separated by a slice of wooded area in between to provide a little privacy. Very family and pet friendly. Serious fan of this park! We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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James and Nick

Review Count: 40
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

There was a traffic jam created when people were at the single dump outlet. Some people could not leave the park. Heavy erosion has caused some sites to have severe slopes. Other sites were level with gravel. Good sites are hit and miss. It took a lot of maneuvering to get into our site. This campground is more suited for tent campers or small pop-up campers.The hosts were friendly and helpful, however some of the office staff were not a bit friendly. This park has clearly been neglected by the state of Florida. Our trailer was on a dangerous slope and we never could get it balanced. A vicious dog lunged at us each time we walked on the street to the facility house. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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chriso

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Great park, friendly employees. Restrooms were very clean. Some spots were sloped enough where we couldn't get motorhome completely level without blocks. We were here to attend to family problems and were in a state of flux with a bit of stress, but the park personnel were always accommodating. Will always use this park when in the area. Only reason a rating of 9 and not 10 is no sewer, Otherwise: GREAT! We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Motorhome.

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TravelingBaggs

Review Count: 107
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Wonderful state park. Well maintained and clean. Sites are very large, wooded and private. Either sand or gravel, level sites. The handicapped sites are paved and can be reserved by anyone, however most fit only 30 foot rigs. Site 13 can take a 40 footer. Utilities worked well. Rate is FL senior rate, the regular rate is $16. Would be a 10 with sewer. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Motorhome.

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Michael.Roadtrek

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of the nicest state park campgrounds we have stayed in. Many of the sites are level or nearly so, and the separation between sites is very good. The park offers two very pleasant hiking trails, as well as access to the bayou and all its water sports. There is no Wi-Fi, but Verizon coverage was good. We definitely will stay here again, probably for several days. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Motorhome.

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reh

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

We love this FL State Park and have stayed here every December since 2005. We have also stayed other times in the year either in April-May or August-September. The park is well maintained and the park staff is always friendly. We have our favorite four sites and have always been able to get one of them when making reservations. Over the past couple of years they have started to add gravel in some of the sites and we wish they would add gravel to all sites. Then we would rate it overall as a 10. Handicap sites are concrete. The bath house is always clean and well maintained. We always feel safe camping here and even walk to the bath house in the dark. It is a beautiful park and we highly recommend staying here. One thing to consider because it is heavily wooded, which is why we like it so much, and that is don't expect to watch TV much. We can get some local channels by antenna and usually take DVD's to watch. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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The Other John Doe

Review Count: 25
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Another of Florida's great state parks. Small and quiet with several hiking trails, water views, boat ramp, and numerous pavilions for large groups. Very well maintained with a constant presence of park volunteers and ranger patrols. Narrow roads that might present a problem for the largest of motorhomes/trailers. We had a pop up so there were no issues. Four sites are ADA and concrete. Several that are gravel. Most are sand. It rained heavily during our first day and the sand stuck to everything. At the same time the sand allowed for the water to quickly drain away. Would like to see the park gravel all the remaining sites. That's the only reason I couldn't give a "10" rating. Park rangers were friendly and helpful. Seemed to enjoy what they do. They sell ice at the ranger station. That was great since we ran out. Signs throughout the park warning of alligators but we tried and failed to find any. Little kids were swimming right next to the largest gator warning sign that boldly stated "No Swimming." They all survived. The most threatening animal we saw was a hungry squirrel. Sites are mostly shaded but the sun will angle through and get you part of the day. The town of Niceville offers numerous restaurant choices and you're not very far from Destin as well. We didn't use the dump station but it's location in the middle of the campground is odd. If you are in site 37 through 42, you will have to exit the camping loop, come back in, and circle all the way around again. This is the oddest placement of a dump station I have ever seen. Not a huge deal: just different. Overall, a really great campground and one that proves Florida has the best state parks in the nation. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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