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Old 01-29-2015, 05:22 PM   #1
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Campground Near Pensacola FL Recommendations

Hey incredibly smart group of Airstreamers! (Sucked right up there, didn't I?) I've got a bit of training to attend in Pensacola the beginning of March, and was wondering what your favorite campground recommendations would be within 30 minutes of Pensacola.

I always wondered why people started these threads, and now I know. It's REALLY hard to tell anything about a campground from their website...

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Old 01-29-2015, 05:54 PM   #2
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The Pensacola unit of the WBCCI club has a park called Mystic Springs just north of Pensacola. I usually stay at the Navy's Camp Ground or the Gulf Islands National Park out on the Island whenever I visit to area.
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Old 01-29-2015, 05:57 PM   #3
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I just returned from there and stayed at Fort Pickens State Park (Pensacola)it was very nice with beautiful beaches.You have to reserve ahead to get in.
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Old 01-29-2015, 06:12 PM   #4
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We just stayed at Santa Rosa RV in Navarre, a few miles east of Pensacola. It's newer and clean, right on Santa Rosa Sound and close to the beach. FYI, it might fit your needs. Good luck.
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I also like Fort Pickens. Have returned there 5 or 6 times, with a couple of long breaks. It was hit by 2 hurricanes and was closed for several years. Went back Las spring. I have always liked the area.
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When we visit the Naval Air Museum, we stay at the Big Lagoon St. Pk. It is rustic with a lot of vegetation. E/W at each site and a dump station. About seven miles to the Naval Air Station gate. Depending on how long you will be there, the shower facilities are good if you don't want to empty tanks. The entrance is right off of a main highway, but the campground is about a mile back in a secluded area. Check the campsite length before you reserve. Some sites are short.
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Red, we will be at Fort Pickens February 2,3,4. Drop by site 24.

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Old 01-29-2015, 08:37 PM   #8
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Thanks for the invite... It's just a tad far for a drop by though. Let me know how you like it. It will probably be either there or Big Lagoon...

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Old 01-29-2015, 09:33 PM   #9
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Grayton SP and Topsail SP are both great locations. I believe at Grayton that only some sites have full hookups (or at least water/electric), but an awesome location - sort of close to Pensacola, depending on your definition of close.
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These are all good suggestions. Two more are Perdido Cove - it is diagonally across from Big Lagoon in Perdido Key side. Private campground so more expensive but has nice amenities and waterfront sites on intercoastal. There is also a nice private campground about a mile off Pine Forest Rd at i-10 with the creative name of Pensacola RV Park but no special charm to it. Depending on where you need to be in Pensacola some of these can be a drive. Mystic Springs is probably 45-60 minutes to downtown pensacola, Ft Pickens is at least 30 (takes 15 just to get back to pensacola beach bridge). Pensacola rv park, big lagoon and Perdido cove are all 15-20 from downtown. I can recommend places to eat and drink if interested. There is also a nice campground on NAS if you have privileges.
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Hey Red, we travel to the Ft Walton/Destin area usually once a year. When we were there last Thanksgiving week, we made the trip over to the Naval Aviation Museum in P'cola one day right before Turkey Day. Could not believe how much traffic is in that area nowadays. Might want to ask about drive times wherever you stay.

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We stopped once at the Mystic Springs AS park. It was in Feb., and when we arrived there was no park host around - just a box to leave payment. There was just one other couple present camping at the time.

As I recall, the electricity was on, but no water (or maybe the other way around!)

With these factors, coupled with the fact that the park was a little more remote than we had anticipated, we just stayed the one night then moved to the Pensacola RV park. Our reason for being there was mainly to visit Pensacola anyway.

Not sure if our experience was typical at that time of year or not.

A nice enough spot, especially when you just want to get away to a quiet place, but on that trip, the Pensacola RV park worked out better for us.

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Have been to the Fort Pickens campground at Gulf Island several times, and it is very nice.

It is a drive in, but if you have a Senior or other pass, the price can't be beat at $13 a night.

Have been all week in the Davis Bayou campground at the MS branch of Gulf Island in Ocean Springs, will be at the Fort Pickens site beginning Feb 1st for a week.

The Davis Bayou campground has stayed close to full, but not another Airstream anywhere.

Looking forward to seeing Al & Patty and any others who may be at Fort Pickens.


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Thanks everybody for all the responses. Trying to keep it within 30 minutes of the airport without sitting in the middle of town. Probably going for Big Lagoon, unless something changes. got a few more to check out, then making my reservations this afternoon. Really appreciate all the response!

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