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Places to Camp near Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore is the perfect place for adventurous campers and RVers. Gulf Islands National Seashore is a great camping destination for everyone. There are tons of nearby hikes, adventurous activities, and sights to see. Ready to plan your adventure? Check out our campgrounds near Gulf Islands National Seashore and user-submitted reviews.

Best Camping Sites Near Gulf Islands National Seashore, MS (137)

    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

    92 Reviews
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    755 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

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    Gulf State Park Campground

    95 Reviews
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    661 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
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    Big Lagoon State Park Campground

    44 Reviews
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    402 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

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    Blackwater River State Park Campground

    29 Reviews
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    34 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

    $22 / night

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    The Hideaway Retreat

    21 Reviews
    77 Photos
    172 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

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    Gulf Shores-Pensacola West KOA

    19 Reviews
    48 Photos
    74 Saves
    Lillian, Alabama
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Military Park Pensacola Naval Air Station Oak Grove Park and Cottages

    11 Reviews
    30 Photos
    122 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

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    Emerald Beach RV Park

    14 Reviews
    28 Photos
    154 Saves
    Navarre, Florida
    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Market
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    Pensacola Beach RV Resort

    10 Reviews
    25 Photos
    273 Saves
    Pensacola Beach, Florida
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $70 - $100 / night

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    Navarre Beach Camping Resort

    16 Reviews
    17 Photos
    158 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
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