Fort Pickens is one of the brightest gems of Pensacola history and recreation. The Fort is 13 miles in length and ranges between 20 to 65 feet. Fully built in 1843 the Fort Pickens was signed into existence by President James Monroe in 1825 and designed to protect the Pensacola Bay and Navy Yard and Depot from foreign attack. Yet, the Fort was only used in battle during the United States Civil War. Tours of the area are given at 2:00 pm and last around 45 minutes with no cost other than the park entry fee. Today the area holds a unique history and nature that people all over the country love to explore.
Fort Pickens has the incredible ability to teach history while giving people a special outdoor experience. Located right next to the fort, there is a campsite where people can walk to Langdon Beach or drive 40 minutes to Opal Beach for even more seclusion. This is the best place to explore the natural wonders of Pensacola.
Fort Pickens camping is a wonderful place to leave the world behind for a minute and journey into a place of historic preservations and the serene wild.
Here is some necessary information before you make your way to gorgeous turquoise water and rolling dunes.
Camping reservations are available all year round, but there are only select times when camping is available and same-day availability is rare. It contains 137 family 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 hookups is also available. Fort Pickens is wheelchair accessible with 6 sites that have electricity and 2 that don’t. Flushing toilets, showers, drinking water, and a dumps station are available. There are no boat ramps nor do they sell firewood.
Camping is available between these dates:
- March 1 – October 31: 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- November 1 – February 28: 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Historic Fort: 8:00 a.m. to sunset
- Bookstore: 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Discovery Center: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Campground Registration Office: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Non-Peak Season is between January 1st, 2022 and February 28, 2022. Peak Season is between March 1st, 2022 and September 6th, 2022. Individual sites at this campground operate on a 6-month rolling basis.
The campgrounds come with an assortment of amenities and services including accessible campsites and walkways, cell service, electrical hookups, bay access, water hookup, showers, grills and fire rings, ice, RV parking, and laundry facilities. The grounds have well-kept boardwalks and paved paths for those who love to stroll, as well as bike rentals and fishing piers. Pets are welcomed and there are many places to find peace and quiet.
Tourists and locals alike can find joy in Fort Pickens. Whether it is swimming and snorkeling in the Gulf of Mexico, walking the pearly-white sand beaches, fishing near the picnic pavilions, or hiking on the trails that lead through the dunes; there is something for everyone. There are interpretive programs for those who want to learn more about the area and biking trails for those who want to see more.
If one is interested in exploring Pensacola beyond Fort Pickens there are a plethora of restaurants and other beaches nearby; as well as downtown Pensacola which hosts wonderful nightlife. Other historic sites include the Pensacola Naval Air Station and Naval Aviation Museum, the Pensacola Lighthouse
Reservations can be made here.