Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $11.00
Price was a Florida residents senior rate. Campground was satisfactory, sites were spacious enough, water pressure and electric service were good. Close to Perdido Key and Pensacola. The park itself is not too exciting; we walked their boardwalks. No sewer, so not a long term place for us. Good spot for the price, though. We camped at Big Lagoon State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $20.00
Thoroughly enjoyed our three night stay. Quiet at night. Can be noisy by day, with a siren here or there, and air traffic noise from the nearby naval air station, but that can include Blue Angel practice sessions. Some campsites are adequately sized, while others are suitable only for small RVs or tents. Carefully review pictures on the Florida Parks website before choosing. Some sites shady, others more open in this scrub oak/pine ecosystem. Most sites are sandy or packed shell, while a few are concrete padded. Restrooms spotless, well maintained. Electric and water worked fine. Excellent DTV reception of all networks. Sprint phone service was 5 bar with full 4G LTE. Park staff friendly, helpful. Good wildlife viewing opportunities on boardwalks and trails. Coyotes and owls at night, deer and birds by day. Snakes are present, including water moccasins in swampy areas, beware. No-see-um's (midges) could be pesky in morning and evening hours. Good park for casual bicycling in campground and main park road. Park's beaches are located on a sandy back bay, not the Gulf of Mexico, so dangerous currents are not a factor. Good kayaking waters. Camping fees include free entry to Tarkiln Bayou and Perdido Key State Parks. Lots of well-maintained picnic shelters and pavilions would allow for great family reunions. Two major grocery stores, fast food, seafood restaurants, and a library are within a mile or two. We will return again. We camped at Big Lagoon State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Tips for other Campers:
Fisherman's Corner Seafood Pub, under the Perdido Key Bridge somewhat behind the Circle K on the mainland side, is ugly on the outside, but has outstanding seafood inside. Medium priced.
This was a nice park (especially if you have bikes and are interested in water sports or have children). The sites are small, but private and very quiet. The showers in our loop weren't working but the others were near by. There are nice bridges and walkways out near the water and we were able to view an alligator over one of the bridges. We camped at Big Lagoon State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $22.00
This park is doing a great job for the public. The welcoming staff was friendly and helpful. Our site was spacious and also afforded some privacy. The Lagoon is beautiful, and the park supplies all kinds of boats and life jackets for rent. They even offer binoculars on loan for bird watching. The showers and restrooms were modern, clean, and comfortable. There is an observation tower from which you can see the Lagoon and Pensacola Bay. We would return here if we were in the area. We camped at Big Lagoon State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $10.00
Always enjoy coming to this park but I have noticed that there are fewer sites available for our 40' motorhome and when I questioned the staff about it I learned that the park manager has decided to change the length of RV permitted in each site because he seems to think that will prevent folks from overhanging their site. I have found that no matter how small the RV or tent some folks always overhang their site into the roadway so now many people will find limited spaces when attempting to book a site at this park even though the site is capable of handling their rig. Sites formerly capable of accommodating our rig (since we've already stayed in them) are now not listed as large enough which I think is sad since it will limit our ability to reserve a site in the future. Park amenities are very nice, rest rooms/showers well maintained and pavilions are wonderful. Rate is Florida senior rate. We camped at Big Lagoon State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $20.00
This park is not up to the standard that we have so far experienced in the Florida State Park system. Many of the sites were flooded (OK, there was a recent rain, but not a major one). Our site was so narrow, we could not put out our patio mat. To stay out of the standing water in the rear, I had to stay front too far to fit our car, so had to back that into the weeds. I also had to use blocks under the wheels and jacks to get level. It's not a "bad" park, just not as nice as the previous State Parks we have been to. It's also a lot smaller, so that may have something to do with it. There are nicer (and also worse) sites here. With a more knowledgeable pick of sites, this would be a nice, quiet, and out of the way park to stay. Good bike riding around the park roads. We camped at Big Lagoon State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $25.00
Great SP. I guess a somewhat older park designed to accommodate RVs smaller than today's monsters. The site we were given required some vehicular gymnastics, but we stuffed in & once there had adequate room. Enjoyed the boardwalks & took in a few sights of the area. The Naval Air Station museum is a must see & exceeded expectations. Spent most of a day there. We camped at Big Lagoon State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $10.00
Rate reflects Florida Senior Rate. The sites were fairly level, but mostly sand & shell. The water quality was great, as was the electric hook-up. There is a nice boardwalk through the lagoon area. The rest rooms were clean, but had stair access from certain parts of the campground. We would stay here again. We camped at Big Lagoon State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $24.00
Thursday, February 28 - Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida This is the last state park on the Panhandle before one enters AL. This park has 75 campsites with water and electricity, fire rings and picnic tables. One can swim, fish, boat, crabbing and hike in this park on 678 acres. Depending on the season there are guided walks, campfire programs and recreational skills programs. There are over five miles of hiking and nature trails that take you on roads, boardwalks, sand bars and marshes. There is an observation tower to view the park, the Intracoastal Waterway, Gulf Islands National Seashore and Perdido Key. This is the beginning of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Some sites are on cement and others on hard pack dirt and sand. Many campers were staying for an overnight but others stayed for one week or more. It did feel like it was Florida in its natural state except for seeing litter on some of the hiking trails and marshes. We camped at Big Lagoon State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $25.00
Nice state park near Pensacola and Perdido Key. Check in was easy; we were able to drive through to pick our site. Fairly level sites, close together with scrub brush vegetation between them. Great hikes nearby, access to lagoon and ocean near, lots of area restaurants and shopping in Pensacola. Bathhouses were older, but were cleaned daily. We camped at Big Lagoon State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $23.00
This is a nice campground with a couple of hiking trails. We had a concrete pad at our site. Restroom/showers are very good and warm. It was quiet and peaceful on a winter's night... We camped at Big Lagoon State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $20.00
This was an really nice campground. This was our first camping experience in the panhandle. The campsite was clean and easy to get into, and we have a 36 ft. travel trailer. It is a typical state park campground which is woodsy and plenty of surrounding vegitation. Our site, 50, did not have any trees, but a lot of foliage which acted as a buffer from the other sites. We enjoyed the wildlife in the area. We would stay here again. We camped at Big Lagoon State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $12.00
Very nice state park with very clean, well maintained amenities. Example: the beachfront pavilions and rest rooms are all in very good condition and reflect the care given them. Wonderful waterfront views out over the Big Lagoon, scenic nature trails etc. Price reflects senior discount, we stayed 8 nights and would definitely return. Some sites are very sandy but that's Florida. Staff is excellent and went out of their way to assist in all areas. We camped at Big Lagoon State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $22.00
This is a good state park but is showing it's age. The facilities are clean but feel worn out. There are nice boardwalks giving access to water. Kids were having a great time fishing. Good location for Naval Aviation Museum - a definite must see - and downtown Pensacola is an easy commute. Rules were not always enforced with dogs off leash at times. The sites vary in size and those located on the 'water' side are near marsh pools. Surprisingly the insects were not present but site always felt damp. Park is a great value for price paid and would stay again if in area. We camped at Big Lagoon State Park in a Motorhome.