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Pensacola, Florida

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: 30.320174282304
Longitude: -87.273289551343

Elevation: 10' (approximate)
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 no
  • $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 no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • 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 yes
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
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi no
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon,Sprint,T-Mobile
  • 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
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
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 no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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96 Reviews

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for 14 nights. Our first site was in Loop A. Trees make getting into some of the sites difficult, but we had scoped out the park in advance and had picked site A14 accordingly. Needed to adjust the position of the RV so that branches did not hinder opening the driver side slides. The power pedestal went on the fritz a few hours after we arrived. We notified the host and used the pedestal for the empty site next to us overnight. The next day, we were given a list of back-up sites to choose from. Chose a site in Loop C, which we liked better. It was more open. There were no trees to make maneuvering difficult, but if all sites are filled, some sites might be difficult to get into with a big rig. Tows must be parked on the pad; no parking on the grass or in empty sites (monitored by the hosts). Overflow for tow and other vehicles available. Loved the easy access (across the road) to the sugar white sand beaches of the Gulf and to Pensacola Bay on the opposite side. Fort Pickens is an easy beach stroll away, and the NPS gives a nice tour of the fortifications (only program available when we were there). We would most definitely stay there again. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Great national park. Rate includes 50% senior pass. Sites are just big enough for our 39' RV. Very friendly camp hosts. Nicely spaced between sites. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate is the campground rate. There is an additional vehicle entry fee of $8 per week. This is a Federal Park part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. It looks like a Florida State park because it was until 1971 when it became part of the NPS. We stayed in the A Loop. Paved roads, paved sites, most with trees and shade. Bath house is very old and needs updating. It was clean, but old. Each site has 50 amp electric and water. A Dump station is close and easily accessible. Parking is available for additional cars of boat trailers. This park is on the west end of Florida, on one of those beautiful white sand beaches that extend from St. George Island to FloraBama. Fort Pickens is a good historic tour with plenty of walking, biking, and beach to explore. Also convenient to restaurants and attractions in Pensacola Beach and Pensacola proper. We will definitely return to this park! We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 107
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Great campground! Just a walk away from beautiful, white sandy beaches. Sites have 50amp & water, no sewer. Verizon 4G coverage pretty good. Sites are on the larger size. Okay staff - never saw a volunteer. Will definitely be back! We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a must camp park. Some of the most beautiful beach you will ever see. Snow white sand and crystal clear water, beautiful ocean sunsets each night. What a wonderful place. Didn't have time to do the tour but will definitely go back. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a federal park with the gulf on one side and the bay on the other. Both are within walking distance of the campground. The gulf beaches have the whitest sand I've seen in Florida! Price reflects a 50% discount for senior pass. The location is definitely a '10'. The campground is nice; our site was level and large; the pad is asphalt; some sites have trees to work around. It rained some during our stay and the site got a bit muddy. Be sure to take time to see the fort: it's fascinating. We also were here at a time when the Blue Angels from the naval base were practicing and had a great view from the park. The bathhouses need updating and cleaned more often. After the first day, we showered in our camper. We will definitely return. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Great campground. Rate reflects senior rate. 50 amp good, water good. Camped in a 38 ft motorhome and site was fine. Asphalt, slightly unlevel, but most are. Lots of locals, tents and small trailers on weekend. Full of kids on weekends . We did not have any with us but no problems. Perfect beach with white sand, warm water and great breezes. Be sure and visit the fort and batteries. Great place full of history. Great place to bike ride. Can accommodate large rig, but you have to select the right site. On their reservation system they have a photo of the actual site. Very helpful when you are large and also looking for something that is satellite friendly. Was able to get 10 local channels with antenna. Will definitely be back. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice campground with good electric. Bathrooms cleaned daily, good phone service with both AT&T and Verizon. Walking distance to beach. Sites were long and level. Will stay here again. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 70
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

You can't beat the gulf beaches. The park is really nice. A bit tight in the A Loop, but we made it with a 38' fifth. Our price was senior discount. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

At first I was rather worried when driving to this place. It is a long way from the main roads and runs through 20 minutes of condo/hotel areas on the beach. But, once I got here it was worth it. You pass through dunes and bird nesting areas to get to the campground, which is great for bird watching! The campground was full and lots of people seem to be locals. I was a little worried at first but the kids and I had great time here! Kids are riding bikes everywhere, other campers were chatty and friendly 'invited my kids over for smores.' If you don't like families don't come here. The sites were small so I don't know if I would bring a big rig in here. The fort is great, the beaches are great and the bird watching is awesome! I would stay here again for sure. During bad weather sometimes the road floods, so watch for that too! We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a typical National Park: clean, well-maintained and supervised. The sites are paved but some are very short: pay attention to site descriptions. At least half of the sites have some privacy by appropriate vegetation growing between sites. The location is very nice. It's in an undeveloped end of Santa Rosa Island. Large portions of the island are over-developed but the park is very natural. This is the second year we have camped there. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Overall a nice campground, although the "big rig access" should be taken with a grain of salt. My trailer is 44 feet long, and I found it very tight, although doable in Loop A. Forget about the other ones, the sites there are entirely too small. One thing to bear in mind, it will cost you $1 a trip to go from the mainland to Pensacola Beach, and $8 to get back to the campground, although that last figure is for a week. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Part of Gulf Islands National Seashore (GINS) Fort Pickens Area about 8 miles west of Pensacola Beach. Pretty campground in a barrier island / sand dune / scrub oak setting. Gulfside beaches are second to none (white, clean sand), no oil or tarballs present. Bayside beaches are also lovely. There are two major campground loops... Loop A, and Loops B,C,D, and E. Loop A is exclusive to itself, while the other loops are interconnected. Loop A is more forested with scrub oaks and a few pines, while Loops B,C,D and E are more open. Adequate space between sites, but no vegetative barrier for privacy. Bathrooms were clean, but showers had missing tiles and grout, and a mildew problem. Simply put, and in concert with a previous review, the bathouses are dated and need to be replaced. Two dump stations available. Campground store is open, limited supplies and prices higher. Good gravel bicycling trail to Fort Pickens. Fishing pier available. Good birdwatching, especially for Osprey. U.S. Navy's Blue Angels performed practice runs one morning from nearby NAS Pensacola. Saw one Cottonmouth Water Moccasin coiled behind our neighbor's camper. There is an $8 USD fee to enter this part of GINS in addition to campground fees, but these can be reduced or eliminated with the purchase of a GINS annual pass for $25 if you frequent the area, or with a senior interagency card, which will get you in free and reduce the campground fee by 50%. We have camped here before and will again. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Part of Gulf Islands National Seashore Park. Indicates the lack of funding that National Park Service has for their park up-keep. I gave it a 7 because of the beautiful location which overrides the non-descript sites and worn out bathhouses. If you love natural surroundings with access to both a gorgeous bay and fabulous, white sand beach, then this is your spot. Firepits, picnic tables, electric and water all work well but are old. Sites are paved and well spaced. Wonderful hiking trails, fishing, swimming, beach combing, wildlife and historic Ft. Pickens to explore. We got 50% off of the regular $20 rate due to being seniors. This park is definitely worthy of a nice vacation, and we would definitely return. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Price reflects Golden Pass discount. The sites are sandy and level. Most of the bigger trees were blown down by Hurricane Ivan a few years ago. So, no foliage separation of sites. The fort is closely by hike,bike, or car. It is well worth the price of admission, as they say. At our visit, it was very windy. The Bay and Gulf beaches are a short walk away. restrooms were rustic, clean (with wet, sandy floors). We will return. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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