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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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31 Reviews

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We (my wife and I) had an awesome time at Fort Pickens Campground. Our site had no shade; however, it was perfect for the low 70's and windy weather. Would definitely prefer a shadier site if in the mid 80's and up. Short drive to Langdon Beach which is on park property. Pavilion with plenty of tables and bathrooms. Unfortunately, no shower or hoses to hose sand off feet and legs. Short walk to beach from parking lot. Not crowded during the week. Saturday had more folks but nowhere near the numbers of most "public access" beaches. Bathroom/bathhouses are very clean and actually had private shower rooms. Some sites had older picnic tables while others had newer picnic tables. Sites along outer perimeter appear to have more shade. Quiet for the most part. Would prefer bigger site to allow for parking vehicle on site but "overflow" parking was close by. We have already booked our next stay in September. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C15
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Flounders and Crabs were very good restaurants. The old fort and discovery center is a must do. Langdon Beach facilities and access were great.

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Review Count: 91
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 37

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

We enjoyed 5 nights here in loop E in a back in site. Parked our truck in overflow parking since space at most sites is limited. Really liked the campground and facilities were clean. Interior roads were tight with people and/or trees in the way trying to park and navigate. The campgrounds 50 amp at our site didn't work when we arrived and with it being a holiday weekend it took a few days to get working (we used 30 amp). We are planning to return shortly. Verizon service worked well and we got several OTA tv channels. $20 fee to get in the National Seashore unless you have the Federal pass. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop E
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

Try out Red Fish/Blue Fish, we liked it better than Peg Leg Pete's.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

This is our favorite campground. Loop A is the best of all the loops to stay in as it is the newest Loop. The Restrooms have been updated and were spotless when we used them. The Campground registration office employees were very nice and helpful. The beach is walking distance from the campsites and not crowded at all. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A023
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Campground store is closed. If you need groceries go to Publix in Gulfbreeze.

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

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park. Some spots are shady, others full sun. We were full sun. The restrooms were very well lit, but not air conditioned. It gets hot in there, but since there is no sewer hookup, we used the public restrooms. The fort area is nice and the beach is beautiful. You are not supposed to park on the grass and there was not quite room for our truck to fit fully on the pavement. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E19
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bring a grill. The fire ring doubles as the grill, so it is pretty low to the ground and not a huge cooking surface.

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

This did not look like our kind of place, it looked crowded and it was. But it was fun people watching, the beach is close by, and the Blue Angels practiced right overhead. Our site was very level but a bit difficult to get into because it was very crowded right at that point. Crowded because the people across from us sprawled their stuff out onto the road. If your rig is ginormous, that doesn't entitle you to exceed your campsite space! The only drawback was that the campground store and laundry were closed. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E027
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

We enjoyed our stay during spring break! The park was absolutely beautiful, a hidden gem! The hot water was hit or miss in the shower. Restrooms were cleaned daily. Park staff was incredibly friendlyand the spots were spacious. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E60
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed 4 nights in a shady back-in site which we reserved 2 months ahead. The site was long enough for our trailer but we had to carefully park the truck horizontally. Showers were very nice. Great beach access and good bike riding. Very interesting history. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C13
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Easy to spend time biking, beach walking, and visiting the Fort. We would try to book the A loop in the future.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in site D13. A super shady spot! It did however back up to a cyclone fence enclosed power unit. We were able to position our trailer so that the cyclone fence was not noticeable. Easy walk to bathhouse. They were just about to open up a new bathhouse so that will improve them. The sites are close together with no vegetation between them except for some live oak trees. I looked up on TripAdvisor to find which spots were shadiest and reserved based on that. Glad I did. Some are 100% sun. There isn't room for your tow vehicle at most sites. The beach is the main draw for us. Beautiful water and beaches with very few people. Will be back for the beach. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
D13
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Park at one of the batteries between the campground and the fort and walk to the beach from there.

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Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

This is the closest campground to our house in Pensacola, so we visit perhaps once or twice a year. First thing for visitors to understand is that this campground is operated by Gulf Islands National Seashore, and it is located west of Pensacola Beach. It is NOT in Pensacola. There is a $1.00 toll to go to the beach (SunPass accepted), and a $15 per vehicle entrance fee to enter the Fort Pickens part of the National Seashore (good for seven days). Interagency passes will get you through for free if you have one. Of course, campground fees are 50% discount with these cards. The CG is on the bay side, so the beaches are Gulf side, a relatively short boardwalk away. Hurricanes from years gone by decimated the trees and native vegetation that once visually separated campsites. For the most part, there is little privacy, but there is space between sites.. The asphalt pads often have a good 6 inch drop to the shell/sand area where your awning will stretch, a good ankle twister and tripping point. Bath houses are brand new as of 2016. A-Loop is isolated. B-E Loops are intertwined. OTA DTV has 27 strong channels, all networks available. Beach is second to none, white, sugar texture sand. Bicycle and hiking trails take you to the fort, or you can drive. There are water moccasins in the marshes, so stay alert. Dumbest thing about this campground is the 12 Noon check-out and 1 PM check-in times. You cannot have lunch on your last day because you are busy packing up. Campers should be prepared for cold, hot, wind, thunderstorms, lightning, salt spray, dead still conditions, mosquitoes, etc. Nearest major grocery store is in Gulf Breeze about ten miles away, so come prepared. The campground is not that special, but the location is simply heaven for the person who loves to beach, surf fish, bicycle, and explore military forts. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A-23
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Beachgoers should fully understand rip currents. Serious sunburn possible in white sand. Most people who drown are from inland states. If you cannot swim, just wade. Many good restaurants, bars, recreation areas at nearby Pensacola Beach. Sales taxes are higher on the Beach than in Gulf Breeze or Pensacola. Downtown Pensacola (Palafox Place) is tops with regards to fine dining, sidewalk cafes, nightlife, festivals, year round sports.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground with great access to beaches, nature trails, and of course Fort Pickens. Biking and hiking opportunities are abundant. The beaches are fantastic. There are numerous birds to see; such as, pelicans, egrets, herons, gulls, etc.

Be careful when selecting your site, because some sites are tight to get into from the access roads within the campground. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C033
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Located at the entrance to Pensacola's harbor, you will see many boats of all shapes and sizes. Across from the fort, you have a great view of the Pensacola Lighthouse.

If you are into military aircraft, this is the place to be. Across the harbor is Pensacola Naval Air Station, which provides an excellent vantage point to watch the Blue Angels (this is their home base) on the days they're flying. Also, you will see Navy trainers and other military aircraft flying.

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Review Count: 42
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Had a great stay here. Nice park and easy access to the gulf beach. Site had some trees, but they were too small to provide shade. Make sure you make reservations, as it fills up quick and the standby line does not give many people the ending they wanted. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A1
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We got to watch the Blue Angels practice right from our beach chairs on the Gulf Beach. It was one of the coolest experiences we have had. Pegleg Pete's on the road in was a great place to eat. Their crab claws were excellent.

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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: 174
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 49

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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