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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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105 Reviews

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Review Count: 67
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: 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: 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: 70
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 9

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: 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: 21
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

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: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 27

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: 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: 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: 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: 132
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 21

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

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: 210
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 15

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

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: 165
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: 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: 443
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 102

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

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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