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Campgrounds & RV Parks

Mile after mile of empty beach, towering pine forests bathed in blue haze, and crystal-clear, spring-fed creeks — The Pensacola Bay Area is the perfect place to pitch a tent and stay awhile.

Pensacola Beach

Whether you’d prefer to rough it or glamp it out in style, Santa Rosa Island offers plenty of options for the non-traditional beach vacation. The Pensacola Beach RV Resort, located on Santa Rosa Sound, includes 72 full-hookup sites with picnic tables, a clubhouse, swimming pool, restrooms, laundry facilities and free WiFi.

For those craving a more primitive experience, Gulf Islands National Seashore offers 180 tent and RV camping sites with water and electric hookups and shower facilities — all housed amid sand and scrub oaks on the island’s remote western tip. The park boasts plenty of outdoor amenities — including fishing, boating, biking, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.

The seashore is also home to Fort Pickens, a cavernous 19th-century military facility built to defend Pensacola Bay.

Perdido Key

Perdido Key is located a half-hour west of Downtown Pensacola. This barrier island, also a part of the national seashore, is home to Johnson Beach. You won’t find any restrooms or showers here, and you’ll have to hike a half-mile to set up camp — but the unspoiled views are worth every step.

Nearby Big Lagoon State Park is a bit less primitive, offering 75 tent and RV camping spots equipped with water and electricity and plentiful outdoor amenities. The Perdido Cove RV Resort and Marina, meanwhile, is perfect for campers of the “glamping” variety. The resort boasts 56 RV sites equipped with 30/50 Amp service, water, sewer, cable TV, WiFi, a laundry facility and more.

Northern Escambia County

North of Pensacola, near Century, Florida, sits a quaint campground known as Lake Stone. Centered around a large lake, this campground can accommodate up to 70 RVs and is complete with public showers and restrooms, as well as a playground for kids. A selection of commercial campgrounds is also available. 

Surrounding Area

An easy drive to the northeast of Pensacola, campers will find Blackwater River State Park — the “canoe capital of Florida.” The park includes a 30-spot campsite with water, electricity and RV sewer hookups. It’s just a short walk to the river, where vacationers can canoe, kayak or tube past cypress swamps and longleaf pine forests.

A tributary of the Blackwater is Coldwater Creek — home to Adventures Unlimited outdoor adventure resort — where campers can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, tubing, zip-lining and more. Bring your RV, pitch a tent or rent a cabin or cottage.

 

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