Niceville, Florida

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

Niceville, Florida



Niceville, Florida
Phone: (850) 833-9144

Sites: 38
Recent Rate: $16 6/2015

Latitude: 30.49605480996
Longitude: -86.4327049255371

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

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29 Reviews

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MOJOTANGO

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

First and foremost we had cell service here versus just coming from St George's Island and having none. This park is very small with just about 40 sites. Bath houses as air conditioned. Laundry and a coke machine as well there. Only the one bath house for all the sites so be prepared to maybe wait for a shower or toilet. Lots of accesses to the Bayou but not from your camp site. You can rent canoes and kayaks from the ranger post at check in. Volunteers and hosts were awesome and did a wonderful job of keeping the sites and park tidy. Did I mention the bathhouses were air conditioned? Yeah! We were very close to family living in the area so we spent most of our time with them rather than in the waters. Never even put on our suits in fact. We will be back; no problems here! No real extra parking at your campsite for visitors. No guest after dusk; we got in trouble! Ooooops! We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

You are in the city of Niceville tons of restaurants and local and chain stores. Publix, Winn Dixie, & Walmart were less than 3 miles of the park. We tried Sonny's BBQ. Not too shabby. I did love the salad bar they had! Was so great after and very hot day!

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tealcat

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Campground was very nice, sites secluded from each other by brush and trees. Sites were wide and shady. Very quiet. It is on a bay and there are canoe and kayak rentals available. Usually a breeze and we didn't feel any mosquitoes. Bath house was clean and modern and had laundry area. No Wi-Fi and limited free TV stations. Grocery stores nearby. Free access to Henderson Beach state park in Destin, but it costs $3 to cross the toll bridge to get the the gulf park. We have stayed at Henderson Beach SP on the beach and like this park just as much. Will stay again in future. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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badkitten

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $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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Jay Rutherford

Review Count: 139
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $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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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $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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Pamelalena

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $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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gaikm

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $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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Free

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $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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Brian & Corky

Review Count: 40
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $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: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $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: July, 2012 - $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: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $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: October, 2011 - $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: July, 2011 - $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: December, 2010 - $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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