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Fort Pickens Campground

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All Fort Pickens campsites are available to book up to 6 months in advance with 24 hour booking window. First-come, first-served sites may occasionally be available for visitors who arrive at the campground before 5:00 pm.

About This Campground

National Park Service

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Fort Pickens Campground is situated on Santa Rosa Island, a part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore south of Pensacola and Gulf Breeze, Florida. Visitors (who might be looking for camping near New Orleans) enjoy the seashore for its great recreational activities, historic sites and unique white…

Reservation Info

Fort Pickens Campground facility is open during the following season(s):

-September 03, 2019 – December 31, 2019 (Non-Peak Season)

-January 01, 2020 – February 29, 2020 (Non-Peak Season)

-March 01, 2020 – September 07, 2020 (Peak Season)

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  • Walk In
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  • Boat In
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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Cabins
  • Tent Cabin


For Campers

  • Market
  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • WiFi
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • 30 amp Hookups
  • 50 amp Hookups
  • Water Hookups
  • Max Length: 50 ft.


49 Reviews of Fort Pickens Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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Reviewed Jul. 9, 2020

Fort Pickens National Park

Kinda don’t want to share this hidden gem. This by far is the best camping destination ever. 

Super private, security is tight so you feel safe. 

Ocean is crystal clear.

  • Beach at night
  • Night fishing on the pier.
  • Night fishing on the pier
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SiteFort Pickens
Month of VisitSeptember
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2020

Beautiful beaches and biking trails

This close-to-home Campground is an all time favorite for anyone who has been here. We especially like to stay here in early November for the Blue Angels Homecoming airshow. They have been working to update the restrooms here. Many of the campsites are out of this world. Others are designed for…

  • Our campsite 1st night.
  • A slice of heaven.
  • One of the ramparts.
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Keven G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2020

Beach life

Great place to go for a slow beach style. 

Spacing does not feel as tight as it is, the bathrooms  and showers are decent, dumpsters and dump stations are in decent proximity. Spots are back in

There are some really sweet  secluded tent only spots with shade and breeze along the south…


Fort Pickens Campground is located in Florida


From I-10, take I-110 S to Pensacola. Take U.S. Highway 98S/FL Highway 30 over Pensacola Bay to Gulf Breeze. Follow 98 through Gulf Breeze, turn right onto FL Highway 399 to Pensacola Beach. Pay $1/vehicle at (Sunpass) toll booth entering Pensacola Beach, then turn right at the traffic light onto Fort Pickens Road. It is about 3 miles to the park entrance station, then 4 miles to the campground registration office.


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About This Campground

Fort Pickens Campground is situated on Santa Rosa Island, a part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore south of Pensacola and Gulf Breeze, Florida. Visitors (who might be looking for camping near New Orleans) enjoy the seashore for its great recreational activities, historic sites and unique white sand beaches.


Many visitors young and old come to Fort Pickens to enjoy its scenic location on the beach. The white sands of Santa Rosa Island are the perfect place for a long walk or an afternoon of building sandcastles. The warm ocean waters are great for swimming and snorkeling.

Fishermen will find a pier just a short distance from the picnic pavilions. It can be used by visitors without a Florida fishing license. Many hiking trails through the sand dunes provide beautiful views and hours of exploration.

Historic Fort Pickens, a pentagonal fort built to defend Pensacola Bay in 1834, is just 1 mile from the campground. The structure was fortified after the War of 1812 and was one of four forts in the South never occupied by Confederates during the Civil War.


This large campground is open for reservations year-round. It contains 137 family sites with electric and water hookups, as well as 41 non-electric tent sites. A group site with water hookup is also available. Amenities include flush toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station. There are no boat ramps in the Fort Pickens area.

Natural Features

The campground is located on a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and Pensacola Bay. Groves of live oak trees are scattered across the island, providing shelter for resident and migrating bird populations, as well as shade for park visitors.

The Gulf Islands National Seashore is home to sparkling blue waters, white beaches and coastal marshes. However, more than 80% of the national park is underwater, as it's a vital protective habitat to marine life.

Nearby Attractions

The campground is a short distance from restaurants and beach nightlife, downtown Pensacola, the Pensacola Naval Air Station and Naval Aviation Museum, the Pensacola Lighthouse and other historic sites. Campsites are within 1/4 mile of the beaches of the Emerald Coast of the Gulf of Mexico and Pensacola Bay.

ADA Access: N

Connection Details

We rate connection speeds from campers like you who submit speed tests with Field Reports.

  • Good- 10+Mbps

    Campers can make calls and send texts & emails, watch an HD movie, play multiplayer games, and more.

  • Fair- 3Mbps-10Mbps

    Campers can make calls, send texts & emails, video chat, stream video, and play online games.

  • Poor- 0Mbps-3Mbps

    Campers might be able check email, send texts, and make calls.

  • Available-

    Campers have been able to connect here but we don’t know the quality of the connection.

  • Unknown-

    Connectivity is not known for this campground.

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