7.9 Good
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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+ 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
  • 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
  • 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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10 Reviews

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 16

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: 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: 11
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: 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: 15
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

The location is great. Beaches were very nice and peaceful. The campsites had plenty of room but was really just an open field with paved campsites. Roads were narrow and many vehicles were parked partially in the road including at the first turn into our loop which prevented the 5th wheel ahead of me from making the turn until one of the two vehicles could be moved. Took about 15 minutes. Restrooms were clean. Didn't ever use the showers. There were 4 individual unisex shower rooms. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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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: 75
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: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2009 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

I didn't actually camp here but just wanted to give an update. The roads leading to the campground are being rebuilt and are expected to open in early April. For info on the park you can call (850) 677-1089. Press 1 for general info and I believe pressing 3 will give you info about the campground. As of right now you can only get to the CG from boat. From what we could see at the "Road Closed" signs there are not many trees at all still standing. Hurricane Ivan really messed up the surrounding Gulf Coast. I'm not sure if they will reopen the Fort. I had to give this CG a rating so I went with 5. I also had to put in a cost, not to sure if that's what it is or not?? I hope this helps. :-) We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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