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.
Other than the constant bugs, this one is a must camp! The sites in the back part of the loop are up near the water (hence the bugs) and soooo worth it! It's packed in the warm season but there are plenty of trees to divide you up. The look out tower is a great climb for the family and the views are amazing! Great fishing and swimming!