Best Camping near Jay, FL

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Best Camping Sites Near Jay, FL (112)

    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwater River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwater River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwater River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwater River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwater River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwater River State Park Campground

    1.

    Blackwater River State Park Campground

    30 Reviews
    100 Photos
    36 Saves
    Holt, Florida

    The campground consists of 30 sites nestled among towering longleaf pine, magnolia trees and Atlantic white cedar. The Magnolia Loop features a playground that is easily viewed from most of the sites in the loop. The sites range from fully shaded to sunny.

    Each campsite has 20, 30 and 50 amp electric service, potable water connections, RV sewer hookup, picnic table, fire ring and grill. The sites can accommodate all types of tent camping and 50-foot RVs. A playground is available for the kids.

    From the campground, the Juniper Lake Trail opens up to the unspoiled beauty of the Blackwater River for hikers, beachgoers and anglers. A well-maintained restroom with showers is located between the two loops and is accessible via boardwalk from each camping loop.

    Pets are welcome in designated areas.
    A dump station is located on the campground road. Maximum RV length = 50 ft.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Fort Pickens Campground — Gulf Islands National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Fort Pickens Campground — Gulf Islands National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Fort Pickens Campground — Gulf Islands National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Fort Pickens Campground — Gulf Islands National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Fort Pickens Campground — Gulf Islands National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Fort Pickens Campground — Gulf Islands National Seashore

    2.

    Fort Pickens Campground — Gulf Islands National Seashore

    94 Reviews
    368 Photos
    765 Saves
    Gulf Breeze, Florida

    Overview

    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 are drawn to the Gulf of Mexico for Gulf Islands National Seashore's emerald coast waters, magnificent white beaches, fertile marshes and historical landscapes. Come explore with us today!__ Each camp site offers a fire pit, picnic table, and a paved pad to park on. There are heated showers and flush toilets. We offer electric and non-electric sites. Many of our sites have restrictions from low limbs or bushes so be sure you will fit. Limited overflow parking is available. Choose a site that will accommodate all of your equipment.__ Campers may not stay in the campground more than 14 consecutive days. This policy is strictly enforced. Entrance fees are required for the Fort Pickens area and are good for seven consecutive days from purchase.__ Pets are not allowed on any beaches sound and gulf side, ferries, piers, in forts, batteries, pavilions, or inside facilities.__

    Recreation

    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.

    Facilities

    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.

    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.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Cancellation and modification fees are non-refundable.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $20 - $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Milton-Gulf Pines KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Milton-Gulf Pines KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Milton-Gulf Pines KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Milton-Gulf Pines KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Milton-Gulf Pines KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Milton-Gulf Pines KOA

    3.

    Milton-Gulf Pines KOA

    16 Reviews
    18 Photos
    32 Saves
    Milton, Florida

    Welcome to Milton-Gulf Pines KOA, a convenient and family-friendly campground near Milton, Florida. This spot is perfect for those looking to enjoy a mix of relaxation and activities. The campground is open all year and offers a variety of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, and even glamping options.

    One of the standout features here is the range of amenities designed to keep everyone entertained. There's a playground, mini-golf, and a large outdoor Connect Four game that kids will love. For your furry friends, there's a nice dog park where they can run around and burn off some energy. If you're into biking, you'll appreciate the nearby bike trails.

    The campground is well-maintained, with clean facilities including showers, toilets, and a sanitary dump. Some visitors have noted the friendly and helpful staff, which adds to the overall positive experience. The sites are spacious, and you won't feel crammed in like sardines. Plus, there's a camp store for any essentials you might need.

    For those who enjoy a bit of socializing, the campground offers activities like bingo and karaoke. And if you're just passing through, it's conveniently located right off I-10, making it an easy stop for an overnight stay.

    While some campers have mentioned a bit of road noise from the nearby interstate, the overall consensus is that this KOA provides a comfortable and enjoyable camping experience. Whether you're here for a quick pit stop or a longer stay, Milton-Gulf Pines KOA has something to offer for everyone.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Lake Campground

    4.

    Bear Lake Campground

    11 Reviews
    39 Photos
    101 Saves
    Baker, Florida

    The Bear Lake Campground is located within the Bear Lake Recreation Area, in the Blackwater River State Forest (Santa Rosa County), about 1-hour northeast of Pensacola, FL. This campground is located next to Bear Lake (107 acres) and has the following facilities: campsites with electric and water (potable), campsites with water (potable) only, dump station, a group dining hall with kitchen available by reservation only and restrooms with showers, boat ramp (electric motors only) and fishing pier. Recreational activities featured here are: fishing, hiking, mountain biking (6-mile trail), canoeing, picnicking, bird watching, wildlife viewing and photography.Blackwater River State Forest is the largest state forest in Florida, with over 210,000 acres of woodlands, lakes, and streams that has outstanding forest and water resources. It is named for the Blackwater River, which begins in neighboring Conecuh County, Alabama, and meanders southwestward through the forest. With the adjacent federal landholdings of Conecuh National Forest, to the north, and Eglin Air Force Base, to the south, this area is the largest contiguous ecological community of the longleaf pine - wiregrass ecosystem in the world. For further information about Blackwater River State Forest, please Click Here.Blackwater River State Forest has campgrounds, day-use areas and recreational trails that offer a variety of activities such as swimming, hiking, camping, canoeing, nature study, birding, fishing, hunting, horseback riding and mountain biking. This forest is part of the Florida National Scenic Trail and Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Get outdoors and explore the recreational opportunities at Blackwater River State Forest; for further information please Click Here.Bear Lake has electric and non-electric sites available for recreational vehicles or tents. Bathrooms with showers are available. There is a boat ramp, fishing pier, hiking trail, and dining hall with pavilion. The dining hall pavilion use is by reservation only.Blackwater Canoe Rental, Bob's Canoes, Adventures Unlimited, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Air Force Armament Museum, Okaloosa Island Pier, National Naval Aviation Museum, Navarre Beach, Pensacola Beach, Gulf of Mexico

    Activities and Amenities: BathhouseBird WatchingBoat RampBoating, CanoeingCampground HostCamping, Improved SiteCanoe RentalDock, FishingDump StationFire RingsFish Cleaning StationFishingFishing, PierHikingHiking TrailKioskMountain/Trail BicyclingNature StudyPhotographyPicnic AreaPicnickingRestroomsRiverRiver/StreamTrails, Hiking/Walking, EasyTrails, Moderate HikingTrails, Mountain BikeWater Access, Park LakeWater DrinkingWildflower ViewingWildlife Viewing

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Mystic Springs Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Mystic Springs Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Mystic Springs Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Mystic Springs Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Mystic Springs Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Mystic Springs Recreation Area

    5.

    Mystic Springs Recreation Area

    7 Reviews
    18 Photos
    57 Saves
    Jay, Florida

    Campers must reserve a site via www.nwfwater.com or by calling (850) 539-5999.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Lagoon State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Lagoon State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Lagoon State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Lagoon State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Lagoon State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Lagoon State Park Campground

    6.

    Big Lagoon State Park Campground

    44 Reviews
    145 Photos
    410 Saves
    Perdido Key, Florida

    Think of Big Lagoon State Park as a gateway. It not only offers swimming, boating, fishing, camping, hiking and paddling, but adventurers also can begin or end a 1,515-mile sea kayaking journey on the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail around the entire state. The top half of a kayak embedded in sand marks the launch site along with a box containing a weathered log book.

    The park is also a gateway for the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. The park is a stopover for more than 23 species of wood-warbler and a variety of ducks, sandpipers and black-bellied plovers. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from the ranger station and roam the shore and extensive coastal forest, or climb the three-story observation tower for a bird’s-eye view.

    Begin your outdoor adventure at Big Lagoon State Park!

    Camping is available in designated areas. Surrounded by beautiful pine flats, the campground has 75 sites, each equipped with 30/50 amp electric, water, a picnic table and a fire ring/ground grill. Three full-service restrooms and a dump station are available.

    Pets are welcome in the campground. Maximum RV length = 40 feet.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve
    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve
    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve
    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve
    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve
    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve

    7.

    Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve

    8 Reviews
    31 Photos
    21 Saves
    Atmore, Alabama
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Stone Campground

    8.

    Lake Stone Campground

    4 Reviews
    1 Photo
    16 Saves
    Jay, Florida

    Lake Stone Campground is a 100-acre campground and boat ramp facility located in the northern end of the county. The campground has 77 campsites for everything from big RV rigs to tents. Recently updated to accommodate the more modern and much larger RV’s, Lake Stone is the county’s only facility located on a fresh water lake.

    Lake Stone facilities include a boat ramp (gasoline engines are not allowed to be used on Lake Stone), indoor public use building, a playground, showers, restrooms, a fishing pier, security lights, electrical and water hookups, a sewage dump station, picnic areas and the beautiful lake.

    A small "country store" is available within the office for the campground. For your convenience, various items are ready for purchase. See the campground's caretaker.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Krul Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Krul Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Krul Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Krul Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Krul Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Krul Lake

    9.

    Krul Lake

    5 Reviews
    22 Photos
    48 Saves
    Baker, Florida

    Krul Campground is located within the Krul Recreation Area, in the Blackwater River State Forest (Santa Rosa County), about 1-hour northeast of Pensacola, FL. This campground is located on a 6.5-acre lake and has the following facilities: campsites with electricity and water (potable) for recreational vehicles or tents, dump station, restrooms and showers, swimming dock and pier. Recreational activities featured here are: swimming, picnicking, hiking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, nature study and photography. Don't miss the Sweetwater Hiking Trail that starts at the Krul parking lot and runs 1.3 miles to Bear Lake. The first half mile of trail is a handicapped accessible boardwalk with a suspension bridge over Sweetwater Creek. A gristmill is located along the boardwalk.

    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Splash RV Resort & Waterpark
    Camper-submitted photo from Splash RV Resort & Waterpark
    Camper-submitted photo from Splash RV Resort & Waterpark
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    Camper-submitted photo from Splash RV Resort & Waterpark
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    10.

    Splash RV Resort & Waterpark

    7 Reviews
    74 Photos
    31 Saves
    Milton, Florida

    Located right off I-10, a short drive from Pensacola and Navarre Beach, Splash RV Resort & Waterpark provides year-round family fun for locals, interstate travelers, and snowbirds alike. Luxury cottages, RV camping, covered wagons, lazy river, pools, and more - SPLASH combines the luxurious amenities of a top-tier resort with the fun & adventure of the best vacation spots in Florida!

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Cabins
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Jay, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, Jay, FL offers a wide range of camping options, with 112 campgrounds and RV parks near Jay, FL and 2 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Jay, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Jay, FL is Blackwater River State Park Campground with a 4.7-star rating from 30 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Jay, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 2 free dispersed camping spots near Jay, FL.

What parks are near Jay, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 5 parks near Jay, FL that allow camping, notably Gulf Islands National Seashore and De Soto National Forest.