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RV Resort

The park is nice. I find it too expensive at $50 a night. Too expensive for my taste. The park is more like a resort. If that is your thing, this is your place.

Another Beautiful FL Park

What a beautiful and family-friendly park. It is only $20 a night with electricity and water at each site. The sites are roomy. Bathrooms are kept clean.

Quiet

RV sites are concrete pads with full hook up (power, water, sewer, WiFi, and cable). Most sites are a little closer together than we are used to. No fire rings at the RV sites. Tent sites do have fire rings, but no power or water. Bathhouse is large and very clean. Laundry facilities available. There is a community center building with TV, tables, and fire ring that hosted a dirty Santa and nightly BYOB happy hours while we were there, as well as a NYE Party planned. Staff and camp hosts are very friendly and helpful. Walking distance to the Pensacola Lighthouse and National Naval Aviation Museum. Dog friendly beach right at the campground. They do not allow swimming at this beach, but still fun for letting the dog run, fishing, and hanging out. Swimming beach and pool are located at other areas of the base. Reservations are site type, not site specific, but after talking with the staff they said they’d try to accommodate site requests the best they could when making reservation.

Fort Pickens Campground

It was a good place

Will stay again

We had heard great things about Gulf State Park. We were very pleased. The bath house was kind of old but very clean. I went to several of the bath houses on the property and all of them had been cleaned very well. We had to move from one site to be able to stay an extra night but well worth it. My son loved the pool. We liked the lounge chairs around the pool. The people in the office were great and very helpful.

Narrowest campground ever, but it works!

Check out the photo of the site map to see how narrow this campground is. Fortunately, it really doesn't feel that way when you're at your site. I thought it was a cozy feeling, and it didn't feel like lots of sites were crowded in a small area. Despite the small footprint of the campground, it was very quiet.

If you look at the site map, it looks like all the sites are back in sites that aren't very wide. That's not really what they look like…at all. We had site 68 and many campers on that side of the loop had parked a vehicle parallel to the road because some sites are actually longer along the road than deep. This is not a complaint…it works. We did pull our vehicle in beside our teardrop but could have parked parallel to the road. I've included photos of several sites to show how people set up.

Good Separation Between Sites: I liked the amount of separation with heavy brush between most sites. I preferred the sites on the outside of the loop.

Lots of Restrooms: This campground only has about 75 sites, and there are 3 restrooms (not counting the one in the group camp area). Two are handicapped accessible with concrete pads for sites 7, 8, 10, 56 and 57. There are showers in each restroom.

Boats? Many people were able to fit a boat on their site, but there were also boats parked near the end of the loop in the area before the group camping area. I don't know if this area is open to everyone or just for hosts/volunteers.

Great Area for Easy Hiking: Sand Pine and Estuary Trails are 3.5 and 2 miles, respectively, but you can easily do a combination and cover it all. There's a tower out by Big Lagoon that's worth the view on a sunny day. We saw turtles, snakes and a heron while hiking, but no alligators.

Canoe, kayak or float near this small, quiet campground

This small, meticulously maintained campground has 30 full hook up sites split evenly between Magnolia Circle and Titi Circle. My only minor complaints are that the usable site space is all on gravel (very small pieces so it should still be comfortable for tents) and some sites are too close to each other. I prefer a grassy area (and some privacy) with my campsite, but the gravel is better for drainage when it rains.

Beautiful Setting With Nearby Trails

There are a couple short trails and a swimming beach at Juniper Lake, but I can't get excited about swimming in an area that has alligator warning signs on the trail along a marshy area near the lake. The Florida Trail for long distance hikers is nearby. The Blackwater Heritage State Trail is a paved trail you can access near Milton for biking, skateboarding, etc. It's 8 miles and then there's a 1.5 mile Military Heritage Trail that continues to a Naval Air Station, but then you'll have to turn around and return the same way.

Canoeing, Kayaking and Tubing

Blackwater River is a popular location for these activities. We passed a rental place that had lots of rental equipment.

Site Notes

  • See photos for site map as well as several site photos.

  • All sites are back in with gravel pads except for concrete on 5, 6 and 19.

  • All sites have a picnic table and fire ring on the gravel. There's green space/trees between most sites.

  • No separate tent pad but the gravel is small and should be ok for a tent if you have a sleeping pad.

  • Magnolia Circle: Sites 3 through 5 on Magnolia Circle back up to sites 16 and 17 on Titi Circle. That's a bit close for me, but no one was behind us. Sites 1/2 and 12/13 have no green space between them. I would avoid them unless you want to socialize with your neighbors.

  • Titi Circle: Just stay at 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 27 or 29 on the outside of the circle of you want some privacy. The other sites are too close to neighbors for my comfort.

  • You're not allowed to tie anything to trees. That seems to rule out hammocks but there's a clothesline between 2 posts; I guess you could fit one hammock.

Amenities

  • Full hookup, i.e. electricity, water and sewer hookup, at all sites. Our site had 20, 30 and 50 amp outlets.

  • Super clean restrooms/showers are located between the two loops. Showers had good water pressure and hot water. Even the sinks had hot water.

  • Dump station

  • Instead of trash dumpsters, you're supposed to put your trash by your site post between 8 and 11 am. And there's a recycling barrel for aluminum on the way to the restroom.

White Sand Beauty

Have stayed at Ft. Pickens campground on several occasions. Always one of my favorites. The beauty of the white sand beach is hard to beat. Having the option of swimming in the bay side if the Gulf side is too rough is a plus. Bring bug spray!! If it is rainy season, your spot may be under water. Had our last trip postponed by a day and our reserved spot changed due to water. Camp store was closed this last trip.

Small and private

This is a small RV Park in Fort Morgan Road outside of Gulf Shores. The sites are a little tight, but not crowded. we had a view of the bay from our site. They have a private beach on Mobile Bay, and a long pier. Also just a short drive to the Gulf of Mexico beaches and the wildlife refuge.

Everything you need

This is a huge campground. But, the sites are far enough apart that you don’t feel crowded. And, they have everything you need: camp store, museum, bike rental, propane, pool, tennis, splash pad…and alligators. Short walk to the beach. Short drive into restaurants and shopping.

Very accessible

It's a really great campground, the sites are nice and so are the cabins. It's very close to town and really close to Walmart, for those that prefer to be close to civilization. It's a great way to go to the beach and not spend a lot of money on accommodations.

Not so great camping

This place is more for long term residents. You can camp if there is an available spot. Not much to do except stay over night and then head out to find State parks that aren't to far away.

Great place to visit historical forts

Beautiful place to visit. Natural vegitation and dune system.

Stunning Sunsets

I loved this campsite. So peaceful. Picture perfect campsites along the water with amazing views of the bay. Beautiful sunsets. No shower facility or potable water. Primitive so no electricity. Portable bathrooms that are kept clean. Great hiking trails and you can bring your kayak.

Best beach camping

We had a wonderful time tent camping. Great campsites and facilities with hot showers. Everything was kept very clean. Relaxing and friendly atmosphere.

Beautiful park, Tiny campsite

The park is absolutely gorgeous! I highly recommend checking out the beach at night. It's breath taking! We stayed for two nights in a tent. We brought our 2 dogs with us as well thinking there would be a bit more seclusion, unfortunately Fort Pickens is not as pet friendly as we thought. There are no dog beaches within the park, no dogs on the trail, no dogs at the fort or pier. A bummer but not a huge deal. There are dog beaches about 5 mins outside the park. We were supposed to be on a tent only loop but the camping area is so small that you might as well be right next to a r/v. We where also backed up right next to other tent sites. Luckily the sites were a little wet so they were empty. The space proved to be difficult when the R/Vers walked their dogs. Our sheppard didnt care for that. We also had head lights shining in our tent several times both nights. There are showers and potties on both sides of the camping area. FYI The side near the R/Vs is much nicer with actual shower heads. All in all, it's not terrible, but I would prefer more space and privacy. It's lacking a certain feel that tent campers like us are looking for.

Nice

Nice place to camp close to beaches and lots of things to do. Everyone was very friendly and the place was clean.

Beautiful SP

Love Love Love Henderson Beach SP! so much beauty here with the beach! Campsites are nice and private!

Campground open to military and retirees and thier guests

Awesome campground open to Active Duty/Reserve military, retirees, and their guests. The have 3 and 2 bedroom villas, studio rooms, and a hotel, in addition to some RV sites. The RV sites are limited (30 or so). Very clean, right on Choctawhatchee Bay, less than 5 minutes drive from Destin Harbor. They have a nice clean pool and splash area for kids, a boat ramp and marina where you can rent boats, and a 300' fishing pier. They have a playground for the kids and a community shelter with access to grills. A few minutes from a military exclusive beach also. This place fills up fast for the price. The RV area can get pretty tight at times.

Beautiful

clean, fun, beautiful beaches and plenty around to keep you entertained. NAS museum, lighthouse, Pensacola beach and so much more.

wonderful, beautiful and educational. excellent place.

historical fort with a ton to do. fishing, swimming, camping, boating and beautiful beaches. wonderful place to see and experience.

This place had it all

This was my first time to camp on a travel trailer. As I usually tent camp. The trails here are super easy and would only disappoint if you wanted to do hard core back packing. The park is an easy walk to the beach. I took my kayak and my bike and it was a perfect fit. I was able to bike, snorkel, run, and kayak on a 4 day 3 night trip. The facilities are clean and the park is quiet. It is alcohol prohibited however.

Beautiful

We camped end of June for a week! It was hot but he campground had lots of activities like nature center, pool, tennis and basketball courts. The bike and hiking trails are amazing! Our teens loved them! When you camp at this park, your beach access is included. It’s across the toad but very easy to get to. The city has just added a walkway above the street and great public pavilion. Campground bath houses were nice. Staff was friendly and helpful. Also included is gulf state pier admittance…we had a blast fishing as well

Wonderful place! Lots of bike & walking trails! Or head to the beach. Be.

Be careful during alligator mating season!

Had the best time camping! We will be back!

Lit of riding trails. Or head to the beach.

Cozy campground surrounded by beautiful Gulf of Mexico and Pensacola Bah

Cozy campground suitable for RV's and primitive campers alike. Located on the barrier island of Gulf Island National Sea Shore. Bordered on the south by the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and on the north by Pensacola Bay. Best of both worlds!!!

Huge Sites! Fantastic Facilities!

Gulf State Park, AL has the largest full hookup campsites we have ever seen. The state park has many hiking and biking trails, a gulf beach, restaurants, swimming pool, lake frontage, stores, fishing pier, golf course and really nice restroom and laundry facilities. All of this is a bike ride away from tourist attractions!

lovely campsite

We’ve only been here once but had an awesome experience. The sites were very nice and the staff wonderful. Great little place to bring kids. Close access to the beach. We also loved that there were more primitive camping than RV and Campers. We can’t wait to go back.

Great place to stay for Hangout music fest

Camped here for hangout music fest. Price was right and the sites were standard car camping sites. Bathrooms were decent.

Great views!

Great views, private beach, private pier! We loved camping here it was beautiful. Camp sights are a tight squeeze for a 40ft+ camper but we still enjoyed it! Will definitely be back!