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Fort Pickens Campground

Pensacola, Florida


Gulf Islands National Seashore
Pensacola, Florida 32561
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Sites: 180
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 30.32017
Longitude: -87.27329

Elevation: 10' (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
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • 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 no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • 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 no
  • 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 yes

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102 Reviews

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Others have talked about the facilities, which are fine. What I will always love about this campsite is access to pristine beaches on both the Gulf side and the Santa Rosa Sound side. 10 minute walk to gulf and 5 minute walk to sound from our site. Wonderful birds - more ospreys and great blue herons than anywhere else I've ever been. Lots of shore birds, brown pelicans, and others in heron family. You can stay 14 days and then must be out for 2, I think. We stayed here 3 2 week times in fall of 2o15, alternating with Big Lagoon State Park. Amazing deal for seniors with the pass. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C and E sections
Site Surface
Sand, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed here before and would stay again. Beautiful park on pristine barrier island run by US Park Service. Spacious sites with access to some of the most beautiful, sugar sand beaches on Florida's emerald coast. Electric and water with easy to access dump station. This park and it's location are spectacular. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E31
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Great access to Panama City Beach but without the hassle of crowds where you stay. Easy shopping and dining just across the bay.

Access to historic Ft. Pickins and the ability to see the Blue Angels practice at times.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

New restrooms and showers were due to open the week after we visited. Great biking/walking trails. Some campsites have issues with overhanging branches, and backing into the site was pretty tight. Beach is a short walk from group A campsite group,and it's wonderful. Plenty to do around Pensacola (Naval Air Museum, Blue Angels practice, Joe Patti Seafood, McGuires Pub). We'll be back next year. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
loop A site 7
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 456
States Visited: 54
Helpful Reviews: 54

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

We were in the A loop were many sites are not level. Our rear tires needed six blocks under them and we needed to stay forward in the site to avoid the worst part of the slope. The site, 37, was right where the dump station exits. Also, in order to dump we needed to loop back around, that turn is very tight. But we had good beach access, Verizon cell and broadband both excellent and good TV via batwing. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A037
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Peg Leg Pete's has daily M - F happy hour on draft beer from 3 - 6. Wednesday they have 69 cent oysters. Also very good Grouper.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Absolutely beautiful area with lots to do in park. Beaches are lovely and some are quite secluded. Lots of birds and wildlife. Blue Angels practice over Fort. Wonderful! This is not a resort so don't expect perfect. Its old with narrow roads, older bathhouses and sand every where. The staff was friendly and the facilities were pretty clean considering usage. Its a great value. We had to park our truck in overflow due to shorter site. Thats okay. We'll be back! We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
e51
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Bring a tote for grey water and avoid shower house if possible. They're pretty clean but crowded. Look for the beach parking by Fort batteries. Beaches there are almost empty.

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Review Count: 174
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 48

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the A loop, but did not tour the other loops. You must park all vehicles on the pavement, so pay attention if you are making a reservation as longer units might not fit. The paved sites are single wide. There was overflow parking at restrooms, but it was full all the time. At our site, #10, the power tower has the 50 amp plug installed upside down, so we could not use our voltage regulator. Brand new restrooms are being worked on, but were not available during our visit. The bathroom sidewalk was blocked & you had to walk in the sand to get to the very dated bathrooms. The long road in can flood (salt water) during severe storms and access to the park will be denied. If a strong storm comes, you make be asked to evacuate immediately. You can walk across the road to the beach and gulf. The white sand and dunes are very beautiful. There is some space between sites, but no vegetation. A few sites have some shade, including site #10. We only stayed one night and did not get to the fort, but were told it is interesting with a nice museum. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10 loop A
Site Surface
Pavers
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Beautiful white sand beaches a short walk away.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Ft Pickens beaches are absolutely gorgeous, but campground & park is badly neglected. Also, an older white male park ranger who worked gate was wildly inappropriate in comments about "disabled campers from Louisiana" whom he deemed "cheaters", complained about Access Pass holders "ruining it for everyone" Really unprofessional. All other rangers & park police fine. They need to ban canpers out of control lighting, it was like camping on Vegas strip. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Sand, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

We drove to wonderful food coop in Pensacola called Everman, shopped at island Publix. We found restaurants in area to be mediocre at best, so shopped for irganics & did our own cooking.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Staff, including Hosts, were friendly. Sites were kept clean, but the Loop C rest room/shower is old (dare I say dilapidated), but kept reasonably clean. The Loop D restroom/shower is new, but the shower was closed during our stay. Site access is good, with paving for the RVs, but no pavement for patio (the reverse of what you might expect). Shade is sparse, but typical of the barrier island location. A long, decked walkway goes from the access road through the dunes to the Gulf beach. For actually spending time on the beach, a swimming area with a pavilion having toilets & showers is located a short drive back towards the entrance gate. In summer, a lifeguard station is also there. We toured the fort, and on the mainland, the Naval Aviation Museum is not to be missed! We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

We loved this park! Neat and clean, plus friendly neighbors. The site was large and easy to back into. The roads in the loop are paved and can get a bit tight, and a couple of branches had started to hang a little low, but we cleared them. A lot of the shaded sites, we could never have gotten into, due to low branches. We forgot to check the restrooms, and never used them. Easy drive to Fort Pickens and enjoyed a day there, a lot of history! The beaches are amazing!! The water was awesome blue! We were in loop A, which has fewer sites than the other loops. Most sights were taken throughout the week. There seemed to be more available sites in the other loops. The camp store was nearly out of ice on Monday afternoon, there were only 2-3 bags of ice left, but was restocked later in the week. Rangers were very helpful at check-in. Can't say enough nice things about this park! We can hardly wait to go back! We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

I Love it here. I wish they had black water and sewer hook ups, but other than that it is perfect!!! Right next to the beach, wonderful long hiking trail, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking. you name it. I just 100% loved my stay here. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Reserved five nights at Ft Pickens after going online and seeing the picture of the site and, trust me, the picture online is nothing like what we had. There showed shade trees in the picture, and we were sitting in the blazing sun. The pads to park on were so short we had to detach our camper and turn it sideways and then park next to it sideways, as they give you an information sheet to make sure you park on the pavement. When I registered online, I told them the length of our camper and considering you have to pull it with your vehicle, the website should have come back and said the site was not suitable for what I had, but this did not happen. The park has a general store with a small laundromat attached, and when we tried to get quarters at the store to do laundry, they had none! Looks like if you ran a park with this many campers and you had a laundromat that only takes quarters, then you might want to stockpile a few rolls of quarters. We wound up driving ten minutes to a store outside the park just for quarters to do a load of laundry. Then there are the bathrooms and showers. They were in poor shape, needing paint and general updating. There was an exhaust fan in the one we primarily used but it was covered with what appeared several inches of dust and debris. They were so steamed up that using them was miserable. One set of the bathrooms there had been remodeled but was not near us and I was told by another camper, they failed to install vents in the showers and had to rework them. I stayed there, as my daughter is in the Navy at Pensacola but will have to be desperate to stay there again. Will look for another park. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Cost based on Disabled rate. Roads into the campground are paved. Campsite paved, but not very long and about 2 inches above ground level (C38). There is not much shade in Loop C. If we return, we would try to get into Loop A. However, the new bath house in Loop E, is wonderful!!! If you go to shower late in the day, you would likely find the showers extremely sandy. We learned to go at noon, right after cleaning. The water pressure was good and there was hot weather. It was difficult to determine exactly when the showers would be cleaned, however. There are signs up, but that doesn't mean that the shower house would be cleaned earlier or later than listed. The campground hosts were the most unfriendly we have run across to date. When seeking their help, shoulders would be shrugged and they would go on with what they were doing prior to our questions. Although, the drive into the campground from the front gate is about 6 miles, be prepared to drive 20 miles per hour back to the campground. This is due to the nesting birds in the area. There is a nice camp store and a laundry with two washers and two dryers that cost $2.00 each to use. The Fort is a great place to visit and learn more about Geronimo's capture and escapee. If in this area, we would stay here again. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This park was highly recommended to us and on the drive in, we thought we were in heaven, beautiful beaches just lovely. The staff member was not very friendly and scoffed when I asked if they might have had any cancellations in Loop A (we've been quite lucky in scoring great spots because someone else canceled). We were in Loop E. We have traveled from California and love all the state parks but this was sorely disappointing. The campsites are just back-ins on the lawn, all on top of one another and really nothing special. The showers were a flooded mess, probably because the shower head (not adjustable) shoots beyond the shower pan. We really wanted to like this, but didn't. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

The location is great. Beaches were very nice and peaceful. The campsites had plenty of room but was really just an open field with paved campsites. Roads were narrow and many vehicles were parked partially in the road including at the first turn into our loop which prevented the 5th wheel ahead of me from making the turn until one of the two vehicles could be moved. Took about 15 minutes. Restrooms were clean. Didn't ever use the showers. There were 4 individual unisex shower rooms. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Loop A provided amazing beach access. I checked the restrooms and showers as clean as I say the crew making the rounds but the bath houses are very outdated (were supposed to be under a remodel while I was there) and the cleanliness deteriorates throughout the day. My spot (37) had no shade but others did. Everyone I interacted with was very friendly and helpful. Power and water worked fine and the dump station was convenient. One of the best beaches we have ever visited. We will definitely be back and are looking forward to the revamped bath houses for loop A. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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