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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: 41
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This park turned out to be a bad choice for us in a 40-ft motorcoach. Site 16A was plenty long enough but we couldn't get into it because of trees on 3 of the 4 corners next to the road. We scratched the coach. Then the park relocated us for one night to site 30. It was okay (except the electrical unit get blowing out) but we could only have it for one night. They tried to place us in site 31 the next two nights, but although the website said the site would hold a 43 foot coach, it left the front end of the coach right at the edge of the road. That might have been okay--but it was on a corner and other people couldn't make the turn without backing up a few times. We were afraid of being hit, so we left the park after one day. The interior roads are too narrow, especially the corners for large units. That said, the beach is gorgeous. We watched dolphins frolic on our beach walk. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
16A 30A
Site Type
Back in
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

My needs are simple: power, shower and running water and this site delivers. I stayed three nights. Some people might not like the slow 25 mph drive for miles along this barrier island to get to the campgrounds but for me it was part of the charm - by the time you arrive you feel like you're farther from civilization than you really are. About half the sites are shaded and I was in the other half, but with a steady breeze and temperatures in the 70's and low 80's the climate was ideal. I'll be back. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop A Site 36
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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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: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

We have been camping here for 20 years, minus the hurricane closures. Up to now it has been good. This trip we encountered new unpublished rules that will probably halt our future stays. This is a "beach" campground. It is now against the rules to string clotheslines from the trees. There is no place to hang your beach towels. The store closed last year and shows no sign of ever opening. There is no laundromat here, the closest is in town, several miles away. The tent campers are not allowed to wash their dishes and dispose of the dishwater in the bushes behind their campsites, and there are facilities @ the bath house for this that are locked up.They have raised the camping fees to $40 per night for campers with no golden age passport. It was $20 a night 5 years ago. So sorry that they have made it into a place that is now too expensive for what they have to offer. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A12
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed 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
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Pensacola Beach has become quite the tourist town. Several restaurants and stores to visit. The traffic can get crowded at times, plan your visits with this in mind.

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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We would not recommend this park to anyone with a 36ft or greater RV. We were on 3 different sites, A, C, and E loops. None of the sites provided us enough space to park our tow car on our site. There is inconvenient overflow parking. The roads are very narrow around the park and many of the trees have low hanging branches you must dodge while maneuvering around the many cars parked at the road edge making it very difficult to back-in to your site. We backed our 40ft motorhome in as far as the curbing would allow. Our rear levelers were on grass beyond the curbing on all the sites we stayed. On the E loop our mirrors barely cleared the road. We recommend you carefully read the online site size information and look at the photo of the site. The information stated our sites would accommodate a 40ft RV. That was a stretch--they were much to tight for our liking. The space between sites were decent on most sites. We found the office staff to be "all business" and a bit unfriendly. Expect to have your ID and NP pass available daily. The beach location of the park was great but we would not return here. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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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: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Our site was in Campground E, located in the same area as C & D. We received the senior pass discount and had reserved before the recent rate increase to $40/night for a site with water and electricity (non-discounted price). We always enjoy staying in Fort Pickens. There is easy access to great beaches and the historic sites are fascinating. The campgrounds themselves, unfortunately, have suffered through recent hurricanes and a good chunk of the trees and vegetation is gone, so there's not a lot of privacy in most of the sites. (Campground A is marginally better in this respect.) The restrooms and showers are clean and well-kept; hot water is variable, though. (A side note: we stayed there during sub-freezing weather. This may have affected hot water supplies.) The site lengths specified for sites on Recreation.gov are optimistic, so if you have a big rig, be careful which sites you reserve. Pros: Staff and campground hosts are very friendly. Good comfort stations. Great location. The beaches are spectacular and uncrowded. Good OTA TV, and no problem with Dish satellite reception. Cons: Camp store is closed until further notice, which means no access to laundry facilities either. Plan on at least a half hour drive to get to stores and restaurants. Campground can close on short notice if roads are in danger of becoming sand-covered. Campground roads are a bit tight, as campers tend to park a little too close to the road. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E27
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
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, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Pensacola Lighthouse is a very nice historic site - you can climb the lighthouse - but it's located on Naval Station Pensacola (home of the Blue Angels) and your GPS will take you to the wrong gate. Set it for the National Naval Aviation Museum and you will go right by the lighthouse. Then visit the Aviation Museum, because it's absolutely fascinating - and free! (Be aware that you cannot take backpacks/daypacks/large bags into the museum.)

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful campground!! Can't believe they had availability. The beaches, the views... breathtaking. Love the whole campground. You are in nature. There is a dump station right in the park so very convenient to dump before you leave, but not a hookup at your site. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
20 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

There is an offleash dog beach just outside of the park which was great since you couldn't take your dog on any of the beaches in the park. Loved the Fort... amazing

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

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Let me start by saying the three stars is not a reflection per se of the campground, but of the campground sites based on the use by a 40 foot class A motorhome. Even though there are numerous sites that say they are suitable for this size motorhome, the one we were in was barely big enough to fit the motorhome without sticking out into the small narrow interior roadway. Trying to back into the site, with everyone parking barely out of the roadway, or even protruding into the roadway was a huge challenge. I almost got the coach stuck trying to get into this site. I did find about 6 to 8 sites in the campground that would fit a 40 to 43 footer with room to manuever into the site, so choose your site very carefully if you have a big rig. There also seems to be very little regard for the 5 mph speed limit on the interior roads. We had people running at least 25 mph through the campground. We love the location of this campground, and the staff were very friendly. The bath houses and restrooms were very clean and one had recently been upgraded. The laundry room was closed, so don't know about it. We will probably go back at some point in the future, but I will be very selective about which sites to book. You can not go by the information on the web site. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C40
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Beautiful beaches, neat touring the old fort. Pretty good restaurants within a short drive.

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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: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $55.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful beach on the gulf and the bay, great trails and a cool old fort. Site was spacious and shaded. Store was closed. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 6

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

The park is on an outer bank island, surrounded by magnificent fine white sand beaches. Great place to swim in the surf. On loop C the trees were trimmed OK for our very tall coach. The sites just barely fit our long wheel base 45 foot coach. But they do fit. The area behind the tires must clear the concrete tire barrier. This is a great place for bicycles. The park is large with lots to see and a bike is just right for it. The roads are paved and level. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C41
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

To fit our 45 foot motorhome, we had to park our tow vehicle in overflow parking. The overflow parking was pretty close.

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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: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

Love, love, love this park. We have been here 5 times over the years. Quiet, close to pristine beaches, and family friendly. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop A
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Dirt, Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tips for other Campers:

The camp store was closed during spring break which was a bit of a hassle since we don't have a toad so couldn't go into town to get supplies. In spite of the draw backs this is the perfect beach campground. It is very relaxing to just sit on the gorgeous beach and watch the ocean all day long. Was not bored at all. We will definitely stay here any chance we get.

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