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Fort Pickens Campground

Pensacola, Florida


Gulf Islands National Seashore
Pensacola, Florida 32561
Phone: Click to view

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+ Only 55+ Only 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
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public 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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108 Reviews

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Review Count: 182
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 8

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: 448
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 116

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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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

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: 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: 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: 24
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

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

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: 101
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 29

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: 61
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

It is quiet and peaceful. A bare bones site as with any national campgrounds but the host was friendly. There was hardly anyone there when we were there so it was very quiet. The sites were good sized. We were able to use our Golden Pass and would definitely stay here again. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 484
States Visited: 54
Helpful Reviews: 61

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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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 13

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: 36
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

My family spent 5 days in the Fort Pickens campground, primarily to have good access to the beach and to get away from the more crowded tourist areas. The trip was a success in that the beach was almost empty. There were more workers on the beach than tourists. The road leading to the campground is very low: had water and sand either standing in the road, or completely covering the road during most of our stay. Area A has the longer pads and better drainage. I saw water standing around campers in areas B, C, and D. The grass was about a foot high when some of it finally got mowed. There were water faucets running every day to flush the lines. The dump station did not have a water faucet to use for flushing my tanks. The walkway from the camping area to the gulf beach is just a path through the dunes since the boardwalk has not been rebuilt. Almost all trees are broken off and dead. Only a few sites have trees that provide shade. This is a great place to get away from town, people, and stores and just walk on the beach and relax. Sprint data card and AT&T cell phones worked fine. No problem with dish network either because there are no tall trees to block the signal. There is also a $8 charge per vehicle to enter the area and is good for a week. I paid $20 per night for camping. This is a great value considering all that it includes like touring the old military fort and batteries, access to miles of beach, and a hiking trail. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 97
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Note that this is the same campground listed as Fort Pickens under Santa Rosa Island. Newer reviews appear in this listing. Several of the loops are undergoing some sort of sewer construction, apparently for the bath house. That was the reason we were given on one day for the very low, to nonexistent, water pressure that we had. Except for that and the "boil water notice" that we received during our stay, everything else was great. In talking with one of the workers here, the low pressure seems to be a common occurrence. One of the pumps died while we were here, thus the reason we were told NOT TO DRINK the water. Now I get to sanitize my RV plumbing. Although in terms of roads and other amenities, this park appears fine, I think mechanically they reopened too soon. The closest bottled water, for example, is about four miles away in town. My son also noted there were no paper towels/dryers or hand soap in the bathrooms. With the low water pressure, the toilets weren't flushing anyway. If I were going back, I would certainly call first to make sure the water was deemed safe to drink again. Having no water in such a remote location is a big pain. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: January, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground with open sites. Some trees, but good satellite access in most sites. Would get higher rating if it had sewer etc. Verizon cell reception good. You can see where storms have damaged things and repairs are ongoing. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2009 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We were so happy to finally get to return to our favorite campground! Everything was gong well. There were not a lot of campers (20 -30%) full but the campground was in good shape. There is still work to be done but it looks good. Still have plenty trees. The boardwalks are not there yet but the walk to the beach was easy. Now for the problem...Ida the hurricane! Yea, we had to leave a day early. The only reports of damage is the road is covered with sand. Up to 7 feet of it! There is a phone number to call (850-934-2656) that says the road should be open in late December 09. Can't wait to return! Oh, by the way, I don't rate any campground a 10 unless it has 50 amp, water, sewer, cable and working Wi-Fi. Again, GREAT place to visit!!! We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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