Best Camping near Pensacola Beach, FL

Pensacola Beach, FL is a great camping destination for adventurers of all types. Pensacola Beach is a great camping destination for everyone. There are tons of nearby hikes, adventurous activities, and sights to see. At The Dyrt, campers like you share their favorite spots, plus tips and photos. No matter where you're headed in Pensacola Beach, you'll find the best spot for you and your camping crew.

Best Camping Sites Near Pensacola Beach, FL (138)

    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

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    Fort Pickens Campground — Gulf Islands National Seashore

    94 Reviews
    368 Photos
    767 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.

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

    $20 - $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Gulf State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gulf State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gulf State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gulf State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gulf State Park Campground
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    Gulf State Park Campground

    99 Reviews
    356 Photos
    679 Saves
    Orange Beach, Alabama

    Gulf State Park has two miles of beaches, a spacious campground and a brand new Lodge and Conference Center to greet you. Yes, we have gorgeous white sand,surging surf, seagulls and a variety of activities, but there is more than sand and surf to sink your toes into.

    There is something for everyone inside Gulf State Park Campground. The beach pavilion provides picnic tables as an escape from the beach, the nature center is a great place for the kids to learn, the swimming pool provides refreshment for our guests and the Lake Shelby day use area offers kayaking and canoeing. For a change of pace while visiting check out the fishing and education pier, miles of biking on the Backcountry trail, beautiful flowers in the butterfly garden, and additional education at the learning campus, interpretive center in the near future.

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

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    Big Lagoon State Park Campground

    44 Reviews
    145 Photos
    412 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 The Hideaway Retreat
    Camper-submitted photo from The Hideaway Retreat
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    The Hideaway Retreat

    21 Reviews
    77 Photos
    173 Saves
    Navarre, Florida

    The former Magnolia Beach Campground is under new ownership and is now "The Hideaway.” We are a camping retreat in Navarre, FL, that is receiving a beautiful new facelift. Nestled under mature Oak and Magnolia trees, The Hideaway Retreat is a little hidden gem. The Hideaway is where you go to reconnect with nature and one another the old fashioned way, in person.

    If you’re looking for a secluded place with plenty of areas to explore and enough tranquility to revitalize your mind, body, and spirit, then check out The Hideaway Retreat. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or just looking for a fun way to spend your vacation, then there’s no better destination than our camping retreat in Navarre, FL. You’re sure to find something worth taking in our natural setting that blends beachfront beauty with all the features and camping retreat amenities you need to make your trip a success.

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

    $89 / night

    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
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    Blackwater River State Park Campground

    30 Reviews
    100 Photos
    37 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 Gulf Shores-Pensacola West KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Gulf Shores-Pensacola West KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Gulf Shores-Pensacola West KOA
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    Gulf Shores-Pensacola West KOA

    19 Reviews
    48 Photos
    75 Saves
    Lillian, Alabama

    Gulf Shores-Pensacola West KOA, nestled near Lillian, Alabama, is a solid spot for campers looking for a mix of relaxation and convenience. This place is open all year, so you can plan your visit whenever it suits you. The campground is right next to the water, offering some beautiful views and a peaceful atmosphere.

    One of the standout features here is the friendly and helpful staff. They go out of their way to keep you informed, especially during bad weather, and they even organize activities like BBQs with live music. The bathrooms and showers are kept clean, and the pool is a hit with families, especially when the weather clears up.

    For those traveling with pets, you'll be glad to know that this campground is pet-friendly. There's also a market on-site for any essentials you might need, and you can enjoy a campfire at your site. If you're into RV camping, you'll appreciate the electric and sewer hookups, as well as the sanitary dump station.

    The sites vary in size, with some being a bit tight, but they are generally level and come with picnic tables and fire pits. The campground is undergoing some upgrades, so you might notice some construction, but it doesn't seem to detract from the overall experience.

    In terms of location, it's conveniently close to Gulf Shores and Pensacola, making it easy to explore the nearby beaches and attractions. Whether you're in a tent, RV, or looking for a cabin or glamping experience, Gulf Shores-Pensacola West KOA has got you covered.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Navarre Beach Camping Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Navarre Beach Camping Resort
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    Navarre Beach Camping Resort

    17 Reviews
    23 Photos
    161 Saves
    Navarre, Florida

    Navarre Beach Camping Resort is Northwest Florida’s “best-kept vacation secret.” With beautiful unspoiled white sandy beaches and emerald-colored water. We are just 45 miles east of Perdido Key between Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach off Hwy 98. Enjoy our private beach on the Santa Rosa Sound or drive to the Gulf Beaches just 5 minutes away. We offer quality RVing at a highly rated 9/10/10 Good Sam park. We feature waterfront sites on Santa Rosa Sound, a pier, heated pool, hot tub, beach, spacious pull-thru sites with patios, 50-amp service, free cable TV, shaded paved roads, sparkling clean restrooms, and limited access gate.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Military Park Pensacola Naval Air Station Oak Grove Park and Cottages
    Camper-submitted photo from Military Park Pensacola Naval Air Station Oak Grove Park and Cottages
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    Military Park Pensacola Naval Air Station Oak Grove Park and Cottages

    11 Reviews
    30 Photos
    128 Saves
    Perdido Key, Florida

    Oak Grove Park is located under the Oaks along the beach off Radford Blvd. You can cool off and swim at the beach nearby. It is within walking distance of the National Museum of Naval Aviation. There are 26 fully equipped cottages and 51 RV sites with full hookups. Reservations are recommended and are taken during office hours. Credit cards accepted.

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

    $24 - $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Pensacola Beach RV Resort
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    Pensacola Beach RV Resort

    10 Reviews
    25 Photos
    281 Saves
    Pensacola Beach, Florida

    Welcome to Pensacola Beach RV Resort, a prime spot for those looking to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Pensacola Beach, FL. This place has it all—whether you're here to relax by the water or dive into the local scene.

    The campground is right in the thick of things, with easy access to the beach, shops, and restaurants. You can practically roll out of your RV and be at a tiki bar or a seafood joint in minutes. If you're into fishing or just want to watch the waves, you're in luck. The beach is just a stone's throw away, and there's plenty of sand to sink your toes into.

    One of the standout features here is the pet-friendly environment. Bring your furry friends along; they'll love it just as much as you do. The place is also big-rig friendly, so no worries if you're rolling in with a larger setup. And yes, you can crack open a cold one—alcohol is allowed.

    For those who like their amenities, this campground doesn't disappoint. You'll find electric and sewer hookups, showers, and toilets. There's even a market on-site for any last-minute supplies you might need. Just a heads-up, though: there's no sanitary dump, so plan accordingly.

    Visitors have raved about the location. You're smack dab in the middle of everything—restaurants, public beaches, and shops. Some folks have mentioned that the other RVers are friendly, making it a great place to meet new people. If you're looking for a lively spot with plenty to do, this is the place to be.

    So, if you're planning a trip to Pensacola Beach, this RV resort should be high on your list. It's got the location, the amenities, and the vibe to make your stay memorable.

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

    $70 - $100 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Emerald Beach RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Emerald Beach RV Park
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    Emerald Beach RV Park

    14 Reviews
    28 Photos
    158 Saves
    Navarre, Florida

    Welcome to Emerald Beach RV Park, nestled near Navarre, Florida. This place is a gem for RV travelers looking for a mix of relaxation and convenience. The park is open year-round and offers a range of amenities that make it a comfortable stay for everyone.

    One of the standout features here is the small, sandy beach right on the water. It's perfect for a quick dip or just lounging with a good book. If you're traveling with pets, you'll be pleased to know there's a dedicated dog park, complete with its own little beach area for your furry friends to enjoy.

    The park is known for its cleanliness and well-maintained facilities. You'll find full hookups at most sites, including electric, water, and sewer connections. The sites are mostly pull-through, making it easy to park your rig. However, be aware that the spaces can be a bit tight, so larger RVs might find maneuvering a bit challenging.

    For those who like to stay active, there's a pool, a clubhouse, and even a pier for some leisurely fishing or just taking in the views of Navarre Sound. The park also allows RV washing from dedicated water spigots, which is a nice touch.

    The staff here are friendly and helpful, always ready to assist with any issues you might have. Whether it's a problem with your cable TV or just needing directions to the nearest grocery store, they've got you covered.

    If you're looking to explore, you're just a short drive from a National Seashore that's well worth the visit. And for those who prefer to stay close, the park's amenities and the nearby attractions in Navarre offer plenty to keep you entertained.

    So, pack up your RV and head over to Emerald Beach RV Park for a stay that's both relaxing and convenient. You won't be disappointed.

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

What camping is available near Pensacola Beach, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, Pensacola Beach, FL offers a wide range of camping options, with 138 campgrounds and RV parks near Pensacola Beach, FL and 2 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Pensacola Beach, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Pensacola Beach, FL is Fort Pickens Campground — Gulf Islands National Seashore with a 4.6-star rating from 94 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Pensacola Beach, FL?

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

What parks are near Pensacola Beach, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 4 parks near Pensacola Beach, FL that allow camping, notably Gulf Islands National Seashore and De Soto National Forest.