Not crowded on a week day. State park requires small entry fee or annual pass. Large, interesting jetty rocks protect the end of the beach. Small beach/ snack shop near parking lot, but this beach avoids the touristy feel of other local beaches.
The lower numbered sites are great for viewing water fowl. The higher numbered sites are where the deer visit. The campground map does not show the jetty in front of sites 2 - 15. The location in Panama City Beach is perfect. From the Park gate it is literally a 5 minute drive and you're in the touristy beach area of PCB.
The site were so private with lots of vegetation between. We could not see other campers from our site. Beautiful hiking trails, sandy beaches, great kayaking. The added bonus of Shell Island made this quite an experience
One of the best state parks I have ever visited! Really well-kept and run. Lots of activities to keep busy, you can fish off the pier, lounge on the beach, rent kayaks or even take the shuttle to go snorkel at shell island. Really stunning. Just be sure to book the campsite well in advance, this place is super popular and fills up very quickly.
Spent a long weekend there with family. Had a great time. Clean park..clean bathrooms
*This campground is currently under renovation post-hurricane and is taking walk-in camping only, no reservations.
My cousin was in from Germany and had always heard about Panama City Beach… we are campers at heart so we went to the nearest campground! However it’s a very short drive to PCB if you have someone along that wants to see the city…
Now, there are two beach areas. One is on the gulf, and one is between the gulf and the bay. The gulf water is a lot choppier but clearer, and the swimming in the spot by the bay is much calmer HOWEVER the purple flag was up and we got eaten alive by jellyfish (as did many others). There is a boat ramp on the bay side.
The sites are all VERY different. Some are tiny, some are huge. Some have waterfront and many don’t. We booked late and got a very small (although not the smallest) site. If you want a good spot once they reopen, definitely book early and pay attention to the measurements on the website.
There is also a nature trail with a freshwater swamp (featuring gators, of course). We saw lots of other wildlife around, including deer and rabbits.
This park is AWESOME for families!! Great campground, Perfect beach for multiple generations of families. The jetties are great for snorkeling, the beach side is wonderful for sunsets and walks. Fishing is good, and the livin’ is easy!
Easy access, great variety of fish species, lots of places to explore!
I like to kayak in calm waters. There was plenty of that. I also like to camp on the water. Which was perfect. I do like the gulf side to look for shells & sit. It wasn’t far. Also I like to see wild life. The deer around were practically tame.
Large campground with many shady sites. Great place for a bike. Quite a few people had golf carts. Nice, clean restrooms. Shuttle for beach.
This was a beautiful campground! Lots of trees and right on the lagoon. Deer will walk right up to your spot and there is plenty of space to walk and ride bikes. They also have many activities offered. The bathrooms are basically clean to be beach bathrooms. Lots of hooks and shelves in the shower stalls to hold your belongings. The spot we had was way too hot with no trees but there were plenty of trees around most of the sites. The walk to the beach is quite a distance but there is plenty of parking at the beach and it is BEAUTIFUL!! We will be back!!