Fort Pickens Campground in Gulf Island National Seashore Florida offers the opportunity to camp within walking distance of a gorgeous white sand beach. The campground has great amenities, bird watching, and easy beach access.
Fort Pickens Campground - Gulf Islands National Seashore
Number of Sites: 211, 137 sites with electricity (30 & 50 amp) and water hookups, as well as 40 non-electric tent sites, one non-electric tent-only group site with water hookup is also available.
Location in the park:
Campsite Cost: Varies by site type
In addition to the entrance fee, there is a year-round nightly fee for each of the campsites with water and power hookups at the Fort Pickens Campground.
Gulf Islands National Seashore Fort Pickens area in Florida charges an entrance fee of $25/private vehicle or $20/private motorcycle, good for 1-7 days; An annual pass can be purchased for $45. Fee is not included in the cost of your reservation.
Senior/Access Camping Fee: Senior and Access pass holders are eligible for a 50% discount on nightly fees.
Reservations: Yes, Reservations can be made online
Campground Address: 1400 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
Latitude/Longitude: 30.3235° N, 87.2745° W
Accessible Sites: 6 wheelchair-accessible sites with electricity and 2 wheelchair-accessible sites without electricity. The campground features accessible restrooms and showers. All roads are paved and each campsite features a paved pad.
Pets Allowed: Pets are not allowed on the Florida beaches, the Fort Pickens ferry and fishing piers, the Mississippi islands, the Ship Island pier, in forts, batteries, pavilions, or other facilities.
Are campground Reservations Available? Yes
Phone Number? reservation hotline 1-877-444-6777.
How Far Ahead can you make a reservation? Individual sites at this campground operate on a 6-month rolling basis
First Come, First Served?
Dump Station: Yes
Bear Boxes: No
Flush Toilets: Yes
Is wifi available? Free WIFI is available at the Fort Pickens Discovery Center.
Is cellular Phone Service Available? Yes, Year-Round
Is camp host available on site? Yes
Is firewood available for purchase? No, Fort Pickens does not sell firewood. Please feel free to bring your own.
Amenities at each campsite:
Fire pit in the site? Yes
Picnic Table in the site? Yes
Bear Box in site/area? No
Potable Water? Yes
RV Camping at Fort Pickens Campground
RV Length: Most sites have height, length, and slide restrictions, please consult the recreation.gov listing for details.
Dump Station: Yes, Year-Round
How to get to Campground
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.
From Pensacola to Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach:
1. Travel north on I-110 to I-10 eastbound.
2. Take I-10 eastbound to Exit 22 (Avalon Boulevard/State Road 281).
3. Travel south on S.R. 281, cross the Garcon Point Bridge, and continue to U.S. 98.
4. Travel west on U.S. 98 to Gulf Breeze or Pensacola Beach.
From I-10 East of Navarre to U.S. 98, using State Road 87:
1. Take I-10, Exit 31 (State Road 87) south.
2. Continue to south on State Road 87 to U.S. 98 in Navarre.
3. Travel west on U.S. 98 to Gulf Breeze or Pensacola Beach.
Turn right onto FL Highway 399 to Pensacola Beach. A (Sunpass) toll booth is on entering Pensacola Beach. Proceed to first light; turn right onto Fort Pickens Road. It is about 3 miles to the park entrance station where you pay to enter, then go 4 miles to the campground registration office.
The maximum number of people in a campsite:
The number of cars per campsite: No more than two vehicles can be parked at a campsite at once this includes trailers, passenger vehicles, and RVs. Additional vehicles must be parked in overflow parking area.
Checkout time: Check out by 11 a.m.
Quiet Hours: Quiet times are observed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Campers can stay a maximum of 14 nights from March 1 through Labor Day, and no more than 14 consecutive nights at any time of the year. A minimum two-night absence is required between camping stays during the off-season, and the stay limits apply to all occupants. Campers are limited to 42 nights in a calendar year
Gates close at sunset; registered campers arriving after this time, your registration confirmation email has the entrance/combo lock code for the gate; non-registered campers must arrive prior to sunset.
Golf Carts, hot tubs and other non-camping equipment is not allowed
Fort Pickens Campground Map
Photos of Campground
Each loop of the Fort Pickens Campground offers a different experience. Be sure to look into the details of each loop to learn about amenities, rules, and regulations for each.
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