Fort Pickens Campground

Pensacola Beach, Florida

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About Fort Pickens Campground


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 enjoy the seashore for its great recreational activities, historic sites and unique white sand beaches.


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.


This large campground is open for reservations year-round. It contains 137 family sites with electric and water hookups, as well as 41 non-electric tent sites. A group site with water hookup is also available. Amenities include flush toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station. There are no boat ramps in the Fort Pickens area.

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.

Fort Pickens Campground Reviews

We visited the Gulf Islands National Seashore to see Fort Pickens. There is a $25 entrance to gain access to the Seashore. The American the Beautiful pass is well worth it! There is a historic village near the fort which houses the Visitors Center with tons of info about the area history. We also really enjoyed the interactive exhibits about the wildlife and plants. We were camping on the coast and took the opportunity to fill our water bottles and recycle cans at the center! The fort has a fun (air conditioned) souvenir shop and a Ranger is always on duty to give short presentations and answer questions. There are a TON of Beach access areas and the driving tour on the NPS app was a big hit as we explored. The Florida Trail ends here as well so a fun photo op! On a cooler day we would have loved to explore via bike.

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