This is a fantastic find for us. So close to Perdido key beach but very nice quiet and fairly private feeling sites. Our site #7 had a large clean concrete pad and fun sandy area in back with place to stretch a clothesline or hammock. Bathrooms were clean. Price was very reasonable at $21 per night.
What a beautiful and family-friendly park. It is only $20 a night with electricity and water at each site. The sites are roomy. Bathrooms are kept clean.
Check out the photo of the site map to see how narrow this campground is. Fortunately, it really doesn't feel that way when you're at your site. I thought it was a cozy feeling, and it didn't feel like lots of sites were crowded in a small area. Despite the small footprint of the campground, it was very quiet.
If you look at the site map, it looks like all the sites are back in sites that aren't very wide. That's not really what they look like…at all. We had site 68 and many campers on that side of the loop had parked a vehicle parallel to the road because some sites are actually longer along the road than deep. This is not a complaint…it works. We did pull our vehicle in beside our teardrop but could have parked parallel to the road. I've included photos of several sites to show how people set up.
Good Separation Between Sites: I liked the amount of separation with heavy brush between most sites. I preferred the sites on the outside of the loop.
Lots of Restrooms: This campground only has about 75 sites, and there are 3 restrooms (not counting the one in the group camp area). Two are handicapped accessible with concrete pads for sites 7, 8, 10, 56 and 57. There are showers in each restroom.
Boats? Many people were able to fit a boat on their site, but there were also boats parked near the end of the loop in the area before the group camping area. I don't know if this area is open to everyone or just for hosts/volunteers.
Great Area for Easy Hiking: Sand Pine and Estuary Trails are 3.5 and 2 miles, respectively, but you can easily do a combination and cover it all. There's a tower out by Big Lagoon that's worth the view on a sunny day. We saw turtles, snakes and a heron while hiking, but no alligators.
Campground was clean and plenty to do. Wildlife galore. Shower houses where nice and just a short walk to the lagoon.
Big Lagoon is my go-to quick getaway camping spot. It's got nice little camps that are good for tents or campers and the bathrooms are clean and well maintained. There are sandy trails leading through the costal scrub vegetation and lots of animals to see and hear. The beach is the Intercoastal waterway so there is boat traffic and noise, but it's brackish water and calm compared to the gulf. Good little picnic spots right along the water and a giant pavilion for large gatherings too. The only down side is sometimes the road traffic and boat traffic is loud. I usually go in the fall/winter/spring because without A/C it's too hot to camp.
Grest for a day of exploring or just getting away. Has a huge pavilion with a stage that can be rented for functions. Quiet and peaceful. Pets allowed but NOT on the beach! Steep fine for pets on the beach. Has trails and geocaching.
Right down the road from Air Force installation but right on the coast of beautiful white sands. Had to back the motorhome into it's small but level concrete site, power and water, fire it and picnic tables, surrounded by native trees, plants, birds. Hot showers and bathrooms are Free, dump station on the way out. Just steps from the coast, boardwalks abound due to alligator Alley😱😱.
We had to leave early to avoid a possible tropical storm. But we encountered lots of deer flies and rogue, bold raccoons. The park is beautiful and there's lots to do. Just be prepared for some drawbacks.
We have camped here twice - once in early April and once in mid May. There were noticeably more bugs -- specifically termites and what we think were deer flies in May. It was pretty bad and they would swarm at certain times of the day. We all came home with a lot of bites and itching. Obviously when camping it is expected to be surrounded by bugs and wildlife, but I have never experienced the amount of bugs and other creatures on my campsite than at this park. There were a lot of rodents roaming around waiting to steal food during the day and at night. So, just prepare yourself to deal with that.
With that said, this is a pretty good campground. There are water and electrical hook ups at each site, a lagoon nearby for the kids to play in the sand and wade in the water, and many trails. There is also a nice playground near the lagoon for the kids. It is also close to regular beach access (about a 5 minute drive down the road).
If you are tent camping, I would highly recommend doing your research and picking a site with adequate shade because most of the sites are not shaded.
Had a field biologist friend recommend this as a central camping spot for birding in the panhandle. It is amazing the variety of species you will see/hear if you come in the spring or autumn (I opted for spring). Loons, cuckoos and more types of gull than you can shake a stick at.
The campground itself is quite modern, with hook ups and full bathrooms. It is central to many trails near the wetlands. After you break camp be prepared to spend an hour getting sand out of your gear, especially if it is windy.
As with just about all campgrounds I have been to in Florida, be alert for gators. There are frequent signs warning you not to go into the water.