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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 no
  • 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 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 no
  • 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 no
  • 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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98 Reviews

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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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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2011 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects the 8 dollar entrance fee into the National Park, That fee is good for a week, so nightly rate to camp is 20. This is a quite park that allows you to explore the ruins of Historic Fort Pickens, as well as enjoy the beach. Restrooms are clean, but dated. Showers had plenty of hot water. Sites are private and are fairly level concrete. "A" section can accommodate bigger rigs. Loved listening to the presentation of colors at 8 a.m. This park is close to Pensacola, Navarre Beach and Gulf Breeze Florida. The Naval Air Museum is close and free, as well as the Pensacola light house. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 210
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $10.00
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Rate is daily rate for a 50 amp water back-in site with senior pass discount. Roads and pads paved, but length of many of the sites limits the number suitable for big rigs. Best to check the campground website and satellite view if you have never been there before. Good Verizon 3G and cell reception. We would stay here again. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 132
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $10.00
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This is a National Park Campground. I booked on line after looking at Google maps and choosing a site. Some of the sites are hard to get into because of tree limbs, apparently the Park Service does not trim them because they are Live Oaks and protected. The park is a 3 minute walk from the gulf of Mexico. AT&T worked here. The rate reflects a Golden access pass at 50% of the normal rate. We will return. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 160
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

When you drive out the road to this park, you think that you are at the end of the world. Close, you are the end of Santa Rosa Island, however, when you arrive at the campground it's very nice. Great roads, good pads and plenty of room to manuever. Motorhomes and larger fifth wheels will like the A loop better. The other loops are nice, but the pads are shorter. Great boardwalks to the very nice beaches. I loved hearing the raising and lowering of colors at the Naval Air Station across the bay. Also the old fort at the end of the island is worth browsing. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 443
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 95

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $8.00
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Located on Santa Rosa Island right next to Pensacola Beach. There is an entrance fee $8 for a week per carload and then a camping fee. Golden Age pass no fee and camping half price $10 for water and electricity. Reservations can be made for March through October and it is strongly suggested that you have them. Most sites were taken the two nights we were there.One can swim in the Gulf of Mexico or Pensacola Bay. This is a beautiful area with white sand beaches with hardly anyone on them. We were in loop A and could walk the broad walk to the Gulf. The beach is stunning! A half mile from the campground one can visit Ft. Pickens, Visitor Center, the bunkers around the fort, or sit on the seawall watching the Blue Angels practice on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from the Naval Base across the bay. We even saw campers scuba diving and snorkeling on the bay side. So many campers had told us to stay here and we were not disappointed. It is a beautiful area that had been devastated from Katrina and rebuilt. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

I camped in Campground A over the Memorial Day weekend. The price reflects me using my Golden Age Passport. The sites are not overly large, but I was able to get my motorhome (35 foot) in without too much trouble. The shower and restroom facilities were always very clean. I'm a history buff so I enjoyed touring the forts and batteries located within the park. Rated an 8 because there is no sewage hookup. I would definitely come back to this campground We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $10.00
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Nice and clean. In process of rebuilding after being nearly destroyed by Hurricane Ivan. I had an accident because of poor signage identifying where to register. Employees very courteous and helpful. Seemed to be more "geared" towards "tenters" than larger RV's (especially on weekends). All in all a pleasant experience and I will definitely return. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

The sites have recently been repaved after Ivan damage in 2004, but unfortunately were not enlarged. For some reason, the access to the power post (50 amp) is very limited...I could NOT reach the post at my site with my attached 50 amp cord since my electric bay is well in front of the rear wheel and the post is almost 20 feet behind where the pavement ends..I was lucky to have a 30 amp cord to make the connection at all! I noticed that most of the sites have this same bad design. The park is clean but access to the gulf OR Pensacola bay is not real convenient..and Ivan killed most of the trees, most sites are totally in the sun. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Recently repaved roads & site pads, but both still too narrow. As mentioned by others, must park on pad or in overflow: rangers giving out tickets, so beware. Unfortunately, not enough overflow parking so some illegal parking did make the roads difficult to traverse when exiting the park in the AM. Also the new paving of campsites raised the sites 4"-5" so when exiting your RV, expect a high curb 7"-8" on our site to the grassy area of site; the narrow pad makes this more of a safety issue. Beaches beautiful! Campground a bit crowded on the weekend with a party crowd. I noticed that not all facilities are handicap accessible, ADA site in loop A required walking through sand to get to the restroom. Very few shaded sites. Also many sites difficult to get in for big rigs. Though we didn't have it, site 30 in Loop A, looked real easy to park in. Overall, nice beach, Fort Pickens very informative, but if you've got a big rig, I'd look for another more spacious campground. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This park was clean and had easy access to beaches on the gulf and the bay. Selecting a site needs to be done carefully. The spot we had was secluded and had a beautiful view of the full moon out the back door. Some sites are just flat grass and devoid of any privacy. Pick what you want. The "road floods" warning probably takes a significant storm to be a problem. We would go back: particularly in view of the price (Senior rate - starts at 62). We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Some of the statements below reflect the pitiful condition of the campground following Hurricane Ivan and the park closure from 2005-2009, and the bad news from the oil spill of 2010. Here's the story: The campground is fully functional, all visitor facilities are open, and the beach is simply beautiful. The "A" Loop is a stand-alone loop, and is closest to the Gulf of Mexico via very nice boardwalk trail. Loops B, C, D, and E are combined. In all loops, there are a variety of site sizes. The "B" and "D" loops are primarily for small van campers and tenters, while all other loops have sites that will accommodate all mid-sized RV's. Some sites may have problems with big rigs. All wheels (cars and RV's) must stay on asphalt, and the park enforces this rule. No grass parking. If you cannot fit the vehicle, to overflow it goes. The sites are more open than in the past due to Hurricane Ivan, but all stumps are removed, there are no safety hazards. There are still some shade sites, but most sites are more sun than shade. Space between sites is adequate. All power boxes are new with 50, 30, and 20 amp setup. Water pressure was great, quality good. Entire campground has been resurfaced with asphalt, including all campsites. Small store sells supplies at inflated prices, no propane or gasoline available. Numerous trails and bicycle routes. B-E Loops also has boardwalk to the beach. Dump station water valve worked fine. First come first serve from November 1 through February 28. Use Reserve America between March 1 and October 31. Entry fee to park is $8 or use Interagency Pass or Golden Age (additional to campground fee). Between the hiking, biking, fishing, beaching, fort exploring, and relaxing, we had a great time and will be back. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 71
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: December, 2010 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a typical NP CG because the restrooms need a lot of tender loving care but location is the key. The miles and miles of beaches are beautiful the Ft. Pickes is very interesting, both very easy access from the campground by trail or bike the road. Sites were roomy w/table and fire ring. They have a reservation system and I would recommend using it because it can get busy on weekends. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 456
States Visited: 54
Helpful Reviews: 51

Date of Stay: December, 2010 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Golden Age rate and a great value hence the 9. All sites are paved and level, we were in Loop A with 50 amps and water. They are actively cleaning the beaches in the area. We were not affected by the oil in any way, but you could see signs of it. We were able to walk on the beach. Great place that we need to go back to as we did not have enough time to visit the fort. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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