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Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

Niceville, Florida


4281 S.R.20
Niceville, Florida 32578
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Sites: 38
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 30.49605
Longitude: -86.43270

Elevation: 33' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

We've stayed at this park a number of times. It is a great Florida state park. The park staff and the campground volunteers really take care of this place. The campground is beautiful, clean, and orderly. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are lots of good restaurants in the area. We tried Pepito's mexican in Niceville and it was very good.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

We spent the week here the third week of April. First off this place is a mixed bag, at least for us. We booked a large site with a view of the bayou, so that was really nice. The bad is that the sites are dirt and not very level. I used all my leveling blocks, and still was not completely level. Ants are terrible. Most of the sites are interior sites with no views. The tree branches are in bad need of being trimmed. I tried my best to avoid all that I could, and still had limbs drag across my roof , AC units and antennas. The dump is useless for a big rig. You can not get into the dump with all the low hanging limbs and undergrowth around the dump. The park has hiking trails, canoe and kayak rentals and a boat ramp. There is also a rock quarry that is within the park, and the dump trucks will run over you. We had to drive our toad off the road to avoid being hit by one. Will we return. Probably not unless they trim some trees and level the sites. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
30
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Lots of shopping and restaurants to choose from in the area.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

This is our second stay here. We stayed 11 nights. It's a refuge away from the craziness of the Destin area. Beautiful park with many trees and spacious sites, most with a privacy vegetation barrier between them. Our site was #18, which backed up to woods, water and electric only. Site was gravel and quite large for our 28' motorhome and toad. The shower was so good we didn't mind not showering in the motorhome, due to lack of sewer hookup. Plenty of pressure and hot water. There is a laundry by the restrooms, $2 to wash and $2 to dry. There is a small community "library" box exchange where you grab a book or leave one. The camp hosts are great, always out doing something and quite clearly love their park. This is kayaker's dream, the bayou is gorgeous, especially early in the morning. Lots of birds and squirrels. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take a leisurely drive up Rt 20 to Freeport, along the Bay, and head towards the shore on Rt 331. The bridge there is not a toll bridge, unlike the $4 toll on the mid-bay bridge. There is a great park under the bridge, worth checking out, especially if you fish. Also, check out Eden Gardens State Park, beautiful grounds and a mansion you can tour. Well worth the drive. So much to see and do in the area, but there is traffic to consider.

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Rate of $20.00 per night, no discount with electric and water only. Central dump station on site, easily accessible and relatively clean. Below reviews are very accurate. Park is attractive with each campsite being in its own alcove of trees. Very large level clean dirt sites. All sites lend themselves to a semi-private, spacious and enjoyable outdoor use. Due to density of trees, most sites will not allow satellite service. Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile all worked well. Downside to the park is location, there is a $4.00 toll each way to cross the bridge to go to the communities (stores/restaurants) along the gulf waters/beaches. For this reason and this reason only we would explore other options on the south side of the bridge. There are two more State Parks on the south side of the bay in very close proximity to the Destin area. Note: should no other economical parking be available on the south side, we would return here and pay the toll. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

A gem of a state park! Would be a 10 if it had sewer. Nice walking trails through different ecosystems. Large sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Most are graveled, a few dirt. Four concrete handicap sites. The interior road around the campsites is narrow. We had to choose a different site (9, an ADA site) because posts alongside the road prevented us from being able to swing clear of obstacles to back into 41. So stay away from site 41 if you have a 40 foot coach. Many sites would hold a big rig easily though, despite the narrow road.

There is wonderful thick greenery between sites, giving you that feeling of being out in nature. Some sites have partial views of the bayou. The day use area is beautiful as well. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Walk the trails and bike the day use area. Try Fresh Greece pizza in Niceville.

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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice park. Large, level, dirt/sand sites with corral fencing around each and shrubbery and space for privacy. All sites are shaded, 50/30/20 amp. Eight face the bayou. There are no pull-throughs. Friendly staff, family friendly park with 3 good hiking/biking trails, paved roads for biking, large day use area with exercise station trail. Facilities are very clean, updated and air-conditioned. Short drive to Niceville for supplies, etc. A lot to see in the area. Will return for a longer stay. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Hike the three trails. If you have a vehicle and are here a while visit the Navy and Air Force museums not to far away and day visit some of the beach parks in the area. Visit Henderson Beach State Park for the day using your park pass.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

Great location for hiking, biking, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing! Close to Destin beaches, shopping, and tourist attractions ! Most sites are large, with plenty of wooded space between camp sites! Some are soo large , more than one RV would fit inside them. Campground is well maintianed and clean! Hosts are friendly; providing help and answering questions as needed! Bonus for staying here is that you can also enter Henderson Beach State Park day use area and it's great beaches for free! Just show them you vehicle pass for Rocky Bayou SP! We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

Check in was a breeze and the sites are all fairly level. All sites are gravel except the ADA sites which are concrete. The bathrooms and showers were very clean. Our site was on the water side and was a little tight backing in to. Most sites are pretty large, especially on the back side. There are a couple hiking trails, a swing set and a covered picnic pavilion in the camping area and a playground in the day use area. Good for biking! We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Walmart, Publix and Winn Dixie are all around a mile away. Outlet mall is about 30 minutes away via a toll bridge.

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

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

One of our favorite locations in the Destin area. It is a smaller size park but sites are somewhat secluded. The staff here are awesome and extremely helpful. There are plenty of places to eat and shop within a few miles but the park is very quiet with an outstanding boat ramp and picnic area away from the main campground. We have stayed several times and never had a bad experience! We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Niceville, Fort Walton, and Destin are all nearby with lots of activities, shopping, and places to eat. This park is a sister park with Huntington Beach State Park in Destin so campers also have access to one of the nicest and less crowded beach areas in the area.

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice campground which is for us close to relatives. We had a site on the back side which was spacious but very difficult to get into because of the narrow street. The site next to the water are much easier to back into. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

We will return if we can get a site next to the water.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
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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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
site 41
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

A very pretty place. We walked on two trails while there. It is a very small state park but then again it is in Niceville, FL. I like that it is very close to the bay so you have that view. We only saw one other person while we were there, so its probably not so busy during the off season. I recommend this place. It is safe and clean. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
Tips for other Campers:

Go and fish!

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

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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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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